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Inquire about D.C.'s bustling bar scene and chances are you'll be met with an enthusiastic chorus espousing the virtues of the varied nightlife in the nation's capitol. This particular crawl highlights just how well-rounded D.C. is when it comes to drinking. Start things off at Raven Grill (tight quarters make things pretty crowded later on) and finish out the night at a trendy craft beer spot called Churchkey.
For Sipping Drinks in a Cozy Dive Bar
Where: Raven Grill; 3125 Mount Pleasant Street Northwest, (202) 387 - 8411
As Raven Grill is located in a somewhat small space, this is a great place to start the night before it gets too packed. The gritty dive bar vibe is amplified by the vintage photos of 1950s legends (namely Elvis Presley and James Dean) that line the walls.
For Mingling with D.C. Singles
Where: Local 16, 1602 U Street Northwest, (202) 265 - 2828
Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails (or a pint of Local 16 Ale, if you prefer) and tapas while scoping out D.C.’s most eligible singles. If you’re feeling adventurous, go strut your stuff on the dance floor or head up to the roof deck for a more relaxed experience.
For Cuddling Close With Your Date
Where: Marvin, 2007 14th Street Northwest, (202) 797 - 7171
This smooth bar and lounge is inspired by D.C.’s own music legend, Marvin Gaye. Taking a cue from Marvin Gaye’s stint living in Belgium, the owners have crafted the bar to embody the Belgium pub scene.
For Strutting Your Stuff on the Dance Floor
Where: Black Cat, 1811 14th Street Northwest, (202) 667 - 4490
As one of the mainstays of the D.C. live music scene, the Black Cat is also known for its inventive themed dance nights, from vintage hip hop to a “queer night” of rock and pop. A variety of DJs keep bodies moving, whether dancing underthe lights in the 7,000-square-foot main room or getting your groove on in the downstairs back room.
For Increasing Your Knowledge of Craft Beers
Where: Churchkey, 1337 14th Street Northwest, (202) 567 - 2576
With a collection of more than 500 labels, curated by beer director Greg Engert, it's no wonder this popular spot is a favorite among D.C. hop-heads. (They're even in on the Italian craft beer trend.)