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switchflip78 Nov 11, 2010 07:40 AM

Looking for cool casual but solid cocktail/wine spot for a date in DC. Any suggestions?

  1. d
    dining with doc Nov 16, 2010 05:17 PM

    Cuba Libre, Matchbox, Proof, PS7 or how about the bar at Citronelle

    PS7 Restaurant
    777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

    3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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    1. re: dining with doc
      LPGourmet Nov 17, 2010 06:20 AM

      I really like the Citronelle bar, the cocktails are great and the mushroom cigars are to die for! My other recommendation is the bar at the Four Seasons (Salt? I think) and the bar at URBANA.

      3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

      Four Seasons Cafe
      50 S Pickett St Ste 23, Alexandria, VA 22304

    2. ktmoomau Nov 15, 2010 07:18 AM

      Second PS7.

      PS7 Restaurant
      777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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      1. re: ktmoomau
        Raids Nov 17, 2010 03:29 AM

        A question about PS7 - what time do you need to show up to actually get a seat in the lounge? Or is there a day that's less busy? I live right by there and have tried to grab a spot at the bar at least 5 times now and have always failed. The first couple times we decided to hover for a bit and see if anything opened up, but it doesn't seem like anybody ever leaves, either. Help me chwohounders!

        1. re: Raids
          Elyssa Nov 17, 2010 06:03 AM

          If you get there around 6 you can usually snag a seat at the bar or the lounge area. But then again I usually go there by myself so it's easier for 1 person to find a seat.

          Maybe try Tuesday or Wednesday.

      2. d
        DCDeb Nov 11, 2010 04:12 PM

        The Passenger is terrific. Even better if you can get a reservation to their inner bar, The Columbia room. The owner-bartender, Derick Brown is a a whiz at cool and classic cocktails.


        The Passenger Bar
        1021 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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        1. re: DCDeb
          Raids Nov 12, 2010 10:44 AM

          I second The Passenger on 7th, just across from the Mt Vernon metro. The Gibson just does NOT have the same casual vibe and the drinks are $6 more for the same quality.

          Be prepared to order without a cocktail menu though. Converse with the bar staff - that's the point. If this intimidates your date, steer him towards a Dale's Pale. And definitely sit at the bar. My favorite cocktail I've gotten there is a Lion's Tail, which is a bourbon-based drink, served up, with allspice and citrus notes. I told them I wanted something in a martini glass with whisky or bourbon and maybe some citrus and that's what I got. It's a lot of fun. It does take awhile to order sometimes because of time it takes to craft a good cocktail, but they always see you right away and make a mental note to get around to you in due time.

          Anyway, the atmosphere is just very relaxed and chatty - I've always thought it would a great place to have a casual date.

          I'm sure the Columbia Room would be amazing date, but they're probably already booked for the night you want, and it's definitely not casual.

          ETA: However, the Gibson will guarantee you a seat, because it's reservation-only, although you'll only have it for two hours, unless you make the last reservation at 10pm.

          1. re: Raids
            woodleyparkhound Nov 12, 2010 03:37 PM

            I walked into Gibson with no reservation and two friends about 9:00 on the night of the rally. Just lucky, I guess. It wasn't crowded.

            1. re: woodleyparkhound
              Raids Nov 16, 2010 04:31 AM

              It could also be that the buzz has just died down and it's not perpetually booked now, also. I haven't been since almost exactly a year ago.

              And it's never crowded, even when it's booked - they don't allow standing. That's really what I meant, sorry. You can't stand around and wait for a seat - they'll give you a buzzer and send you on your way until something opens up if nothing is available when you first show up.

              The night of the rally was probably a great night to go there - I doubt many people think Halloween = Gibson, and I doubt anybody's going to stumble across it on the street...

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          Elyssa Nov 11, 2010 01:32 PM

          I think the lounge at PS7 is perfect for this---especially if it's a weeknight.

          Other places that might be good: Poste, Sonoma, or Cafe St. Ex.

          PS7 Restaurant
          777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

          Sonoma Restaurant
          223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

          1. c
            caphil07 Nov 11, 2010 09:03 AM

            Dickson Wine Bar on U street would also be a good option. 9th and U.

            1. woodleyparkhound Nov 11, 2010 07:44 AM

              You might want to check out "The Gibson", a speakeasy behind an unmarked door next to Marvin on 14th at U. Great cocktails ($10-$16) in a casual yet elegant atmosphere.

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