The 10 Best Bars In The Navy Yard, Washington D.C.

Photo of Robert Wilder II
9 February 2017

The Navy Yard has its own distinct style that is unlike any other part of Washington D.C., and this unique style shines bright through the diversity of its bars. Read ahead for our guide to the Navy Yard’s 10 best bars.

Cantine Marina

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Cantine Marina, Washington
Cantine Marina, Washington | Dan Tentler/Flickr
This festive cantina sits directly on the water and offers patrons stunning views of the Washington Channel. Cantina Marina brings diversity to the Naval Yard with its unique drinks and dining options, with over 10 specialty cocktails and margaritas, the most popular of all the drinks being the Don Julio Reposado. Cantina Marina also offers domestic beers, red wine, and white wine.


This microbrewery, located just blocks away from the Washington Nationals stadium, is home to creative food options and even better drinks. The space that Bluejacket occupies is a 100 year old factory that was converted into a modern beauty. The atmosphere of the brewery is friendly and relaxing. Bluejacket offers free tours on Saturdays, and one of their more popular beers is Goldfinch.

Address & phone number: 300 Tingey St SE Washington, DC 20003 (202) 524-4862

The Bullpen

Bar, American, $$$
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This is where you'll find The Bullpen | This is where you'll find The Bullpen
The Bullpen is the main destination for live music in the Navy Yard. It boasts an open air bar and food stands with communal style seating, and is most crowded before and after a Washington Nationals home game. The Bullpen carries domestic bottled beers, and they also host corn hole tournaments on various days. The layout is open, and the re-purposed cargo adds to the retro feel of the venue.

Red Porch

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Located inside the Washington Nationals stadium, Red Porch offers patrons affordable drinks and scenic views of the baseball stadium. The atmosphere and energy of the bar is what makes Red Porch special, the best deals on beer can be found before the game begins, with five dollar domestic cans. Red Porch was voted by CBS in 2012 as the best location to watch the game and offers indoor and outdoor seating.

Gordon Biersch

Gordon Biersch will be a mainstay in the Navy Yard for years to come, offering indoor and outdoor seating on their comfy patio. Gordon Biersch specializes in German lager and has a glass enclosed brewery attached to the main establishment. The atmosphere is casual and inviting, and works great for social gatherings. If you’re not a beer fan, don’t fear, wine and cocktails are also available .
Address & phone number: 100 M St SE Washington, DC 20003 (202) 484-2739

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Old Ebbitt Grill

Since 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest dining saloon in Washington D.C. The décor of the establishment is reminiscent of the Victorian era, with velvet booths and large watercolor paintings. Old Ebbitt Grill offers happy hour every day with food discounts to match, and boasts a good beer selection with both local and national brews. Be sure to try their well-made signature mojitos and cocktails.
Address & phone number: 675 15th St NW Washington, DC 20005 (202) 347-4800

Park Tavern

The outdoor seating at Park Tavern adds to the ambiance and makes it one of the best places for an after work drink. Cocktails are the specialty at Park Tavern, with the Navy Grogg being the most popular, and they have more than eight beers on draft. The atmosphere is airy, with large windows that give diners a view of the outside, and there is also an observation deck that is accessible from the outside.

Address & phone number: 202 M St SE Washington, DC 20003 (202) 554-0005

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The Ugly Mug

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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The Ugly Mug is a great local dive bar, and with numerous food discounts and cheap beverages. Televisions surround the dining area broadcasting the latest sporting events and the layout is open, making the atmosphere relaxed and comfortable. The Ugly Mug has numerous domestic beers on tap and offers drink deals on select days.

Capitol Lounge

Bar, Wine Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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The Capitol Lounge has the most extensive beer list in all of the Navy Yard, and this neighborhood establishment has a friendly atmosphere. Drink specials are offered every day and are accompanied by food deals as well, with domestic beers on tap and a wider variety bottled. The Capitol Lounge is the most exciting place to watch any Washington D.C. professional sports team.

Sonoma Restaurant And Wine Bar

Restaurant, American, $$$
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This Navy Yard wine bar has fully mastered simple food and good wine. Sonoma features two floors, with the bottom floor open for the normal bar and dining, and the top floor which is reserved for private parties. The second floor boasts its own lounge, dining room, and reserve wine bar. Sonoma offers sparkling wine, white wine, red wine, and champagne on its extensive drink menu.