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Great Sunday afternoon hangout

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So, I'm looking for a place to hang out with friends for a good stretch Sunday afternoon, and I realized that the only places I can think of to do this are patios, which doesn't really work out in December. So, recommendations? Just looking for a bar, basically, with a good atmosphere that's open by 2pm on Sunday, and with food. I'd prefer a space that doesn't have that dark basement bar vibe. So far I'm thinking of Churchkey, but would like other ideas. Anywhere within the District limits that is metro accessible is fine as far location. Is there anywhere with a fireplace?

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  1. Nelly's on U Street. Its covered patio is heated and open year round.

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    U Street Cafe
    1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

    1. How about Bourbon in Adams Morgan?

      For a fireplace the lounge/library area of Tabard Inn is great.

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      Tabard Inn
      1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Alas, no metro access, really, for Bourbon in Adams Morgan. Besides, I'm going to Bourbon in Glover Park tomorrow. :-)

        Tom Seitsema mentioned the lounge area at Tabard Inn in his chat the other day, so I was thinking about that. Is it fine to just hang out there with 6 or so people for awhile if we're mainly ordering drinks? Do they serve food in the lounge?

        1. re: Raids

          The metro really isn't that far. It's about a 15 minute walk give or take from the metro. Or there are buses all the time.

          It's perfectly ok to hang out at the lounge at Tabard Inn and just order drinks. I do it with my friends as well. It's not very large though so finding a seat might be an issue. My recommendation would be to get there after 2pm----after the brunch crowd.

          They also have a lounge menu I believe.

          1. re: Elyssa

            Went to Tabard Inn and it was perfect. Thanks for the recommendation. We showed up at 2pm and had no problem snagging the couches right in front of the fireplace. They stop serving food right about then and only serve the lighter fare menu starting at 4:30pm for the rest of Sunday. And that's about right when it got really busy - 4:00-4:30pm.

            Quick review of the lighter fare menu - the cheese platter was definitely decent, but the pate and mortadella on the charcuterie board had no flavor. The mustard and pickled cucumber were good, though. Hummus was fine, and my friend said the mini tacos were good. Sadly, they were out of the duck. Beer selection is really well chosen - Dale's Pale, Geary Pale, 21st Amendment, Eggenberg, etc.

            Glad we didn't do a 15 minute walk to anywhere, the weather on Sunday was just ugly, but I'll have to check out the Adams Morgan location of Bourbon sometime. Had a great time in Glover Park on Friday - people are just terribly nice in that neighborhood.

            1. re: Raids

              After recommending the Tabard Inn to you it's all I can think about. Haha Do they have a fireplace? I couldn't remember.

              With this cold weather I've been thinking of a weekend afternoon spent hanging out at the Tabard Inn.

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              Tabard Inn
              1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

              1. re: Elyssa

                Oh, they have a nice big fireplace. Since last Sunday, everyone has mentioned to me how perfect of a spot that was and how much they are looking forward to going back. And that includes me - thanks again!

                I have to say, I enjoyed it more without food before 4:30 - you just grab your own drinks at the bar and it's very relaxed. Afterwards, you're forced into using the table service - which is NOT good (I'm sorry, she was trying and it was not her fault), but there were just too many people for one server and it was terribly busy.

        2. re: Elyssa

          I like the idea of Tabard but anyplace else with a fireplace in the area? I think Angler's Inn has one. Anywhere else? I'm looking for good food and couches to just hang. Don't really want to sit at a bar.

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          Angler's Inn
          10801 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854

          1. re: Ellen

            I think Tabard Inn has a fireplace doesn't it?

            I also recently found out that Bistro D'Oc just redesigned their 2nd floor so there is a very nice bar/lounge area. I'm not sure if there is a fireplace in the lounge (I didn't go all the way in the room) but there is one in one of the other rooms on the 2nd floor...so there might be.

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            Bistro D'Oc
            518 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

            Tabard Inn
            1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

            1. re: Ellen

              Rustico in Ballston has a fireplace and nice big chairs for lounging around it. But not in DC. They also have those big booths like the other Rustico.

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              Rustico
              827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

          2. Capitol Grille's bar is pretty good for that type of thing you can normally linger all you want. Not sure when they are open, but I remember them being open fairly early on weekends.

            1. not cozy and the fireplace is upstairs IIRC, but Zaytinya is definitely NOT cave like and their business is usually so sluggish on weekend mid-afternoons, as long as you kept slowly ordering on a steady basis and not just seat warming I doubt they'd mind if you hogged a table (higher mark-up and lower service needs on beverages after all). and maybe as the dinner crowds come in move to the bar.

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              Zaytinya
              701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

              1. I've never been, but Domku Cafe, but it's a few blocks from the Georgia Ave. Petworth station, it's cute, and it's supposed to have great pierogis.

                Other possible option that I know of is Meridian Pint, but it's farther from a metro (Columbia Heights) and it's got brunch hrs, then bar hrs with a break between 3p and 5p, so not sure you can just hang out there. I've never had the food there, but they have a decent beer selection and plenty of space/nooks to camp out with friends.

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                Domku Bar & Cafe
                821 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

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                1. re: SandyCat

                  Yes, that 3 whole blocks from the Columbia Heights metro to Meridian Pint is a real killer! :)

                  1. re: colhghts

                    In this weather many people would think 3 blocks is a killer.

                    1. re: colhghts

                      It's 3 blocks, but the length of the block between 14th and 13th is pretty long on Park. I dunno, maybe I'm a wuss when it comes to the cold, but it is a decent walk. 3 blocks in any other direction from the metro will actually take you a much shorter distance. *pushes up glasses*

                      1. re: SandyCat

                        Tell me about it. The stretch from 14th to 13th and then 10th to 9th are my least favorite parts of my walk home on H St. 13th to 14th runs the entire length of Franklin park. It is precisely double the length that you'd walk from, say, 11th to 12th.

                        Both of those blocks on H are also both completely open so you get pelted in the face with wind, making it seem even longer. Lovely. Works out well for Capitol Brewing Company and Cuba Libre though, because it makes me inclined to make pit stops for booze on the way home.

                        That is a whole different thing than actually intentionally walking in the cold for any distance *to* the bar.

                  2. Tryst...they serve alcohol among many other things. Bricksellers before it closes for good.

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                    1. re: spinachandchocolate

                      In my experience, it's really, really hard to grab a table at Tryst at 2pm on a Sunday, but thanks for mentioning it because I really loved that place the few times I went and I just kind of forgot about it. Looks like I'm generally overdue for a trip back to Adam's Morgan - need to use my Cashion's groupon anyway...Tryst to Cashion's to Bourbon could be an awfully fun night.

                      1. re: spinachandchocolate

                        Tryst is really hard on the weekends. I use to live nearby and hang out there all the time, but I usually went during the week because it was less crowded,