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Apr 16, 2009 08:04 AM

After Dinner Drinks

Spending 4 nights in DC, need help in places to have after dinner drinks. We are a couple in our late thirties and early forties and are looking to have some fun in a lively, stylish atmosphere. Restaurants with bar scene, lounges and bars with no strict door policy suggestions needed. Nothing stuffy or formal. Also, any late night jazz clubs welcome.

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  1. I don't know much about jazz clubs. But a few places you can grab an after dinner drink (depending on what part of the city you were in) I would check out PS7 (best bartender in the city in my humble opinion), Central, Cashion's Eat Place, and Degrees (in the Georgetown Ritz).

    1. Georgetown's Blues Alley is the quintessential jazz/supper club.

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      1. re: nickdanger

        Bohemian Caverns for jazz is pretty great, is in U Street area where you'll also find lots of other bars, lounges, etc. Butch Warren at Columbia Station (just a not stylish at all bar) in Adams Morgan is an experience (I think they call it the Butch Warren Experience, in fact) -- definitely not stuffy or formal (nor is Bohemian Caverns). Both would work for after-dinner drinks, but it's the music not the drinks that make them special.

        PS7 makes great cocktails -- and does fit lively and stylish.

        1. re: mselectra

          If you're going to be near the Verizon Center/Penn Quarter area, 701 (at 701 Pennsylvania) often has live jazz in the evenings. The bar at Rasika (which is a fabulous restaurant) is very nice. Zola is stylish but not stuffy. For the classics, try the Round Robin bar at the Willard and the bar at the Mayflower.

      2. I like the Round Robin, PS7 now that they stole my neighborhood bartender, Central, Poste, Tabard Inn and Rasika's bars.

        Zaytinya has good drinks, but the bar is always packed. Oya isn't bad either, but I think it is kind of girl oriented with their drinks.

        U Street has lots of Jazz clubs. I like the piano at 701 and the bartenders there are super nice (I have to admit they have great bar food), but I don't know if it is the Jazz you are looking for.