Place to meet for drinks in the Springfield, VA area
Are you looking for a place that's a bar? Mike's and Austin Grill both have them. Mike's area is really loud, if you go when it's busy. I sat next to friends and we couldn't hear each other w/out shouting. Autin Grill might be better noisewise but I've never been to the bar there and it's part of the restaurant where Mike's is separate. If you're willing to drive, Del Merei Grille in Alexandria has a separate bar area that seems like it would be a good place to hang out with friends and chat.
after work we used to go to mike's on backlick rd. sometimes.
also, there's kate's. never been there, but my co-workers used to hit there all the time.
we always used to have after-work happy hours in shirlington - either at guapo's or capital city brewing company. shirlington isn't too far a drive from springfield, which is where i used to work.