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Looking for fun food and bar in DC near Holocaust Museum for Birthday

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My 2-3 best friends and I are heading down to DC this afternoon/evening to hit the holocaust museum (weird choice for bday... I know) and I would like to find somewhere relatively close (we'll have a car, but don't want to have to park and park and park) to eat some neat food and have good drinks. I have no real preference in cuisine for this evening, but I like creative and fusion, I like indian, I like gastro-pub, etc. I would love for the restaurant to have a neat drink menu for me (mixed drinks) and craft beers for my best friend who is a home brewer, and knows her beer. Love great atmospheres, thinking mid-range for prices. Sorry if this is too vague and rambling, but we kind of decided last minute and I don't know DC like I know Baltimore!
Would love any recc's for other neat attractions in the area too
Thanks Kindly to anyone willing to share their thoughts!

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  1. There's nothing right next to the Holocaust museum, so you will have to take a short drive no matter what.
    I think given your parameters, I would recommend Granville Moore's on H Street NE. They have a huge Belgian beer menu, they are famous for their moules frites but also have other options, and the atmosphere is funky and warm. It's probably only about a 10 minute drive.

    Alternatively, people often bring up PS7 as a good place for cocktails. They have a higher end menu, but not out of this world crazy. It's in the Penn Quarter neighborhood, about a 5 minute drive (maybe 10 with traffic).
    If you're very serious about cocktails, apparently the nearby Passenger bar is one of the best bars around these days.
    You could eat dinner at gastropub Againn (I haven't tried it myself but have heard good things) or Brasserie Beck (another Belgian beer place, moules frites), and then go to the Passenger bar for cocktails. Take a look at the menus online, prices are definitely *DC-level* moderate but not moderate for everyone.

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

    Brasserie Beck
    1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

    1. Without doubt you are in a non-restaurant area, but up on Capital Hill -- a bee line west on Independence Ave. from Holocaust -- are some dozen options -- Sonoma is higher-end and foo-foo, but the food is good. Montmarte is good too, and more relaxed. Stay away from the Monocle, and Johnny's Half Shell and Bull Feathers.

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      Johnny's Half Shell
      400 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

      1. If you're willing to drive, 8th Street SE is just fun to stroll up and down until you find a place that appeals to you. Otherwise, downtown, agreed that Beck is great for beers, but not so much cocktails, while PS7 is the opposite. Againn tends to have both.

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

        1. Hmm. This is probably the first time I have seen "fun" and Holocost in the same sentence. ;-) Againn has a great beer list and makes fabulous cocktails and would be my first choice (but not open on Sunday). The appetizer menu lends itself to good sharing options among the charcuterie and pates and cheeses that are locally sourced. Their bread is great too. Brasserie Beck, a block away from Againn, will fit your bill as well but you may need reservations if you want to go for dinner. Central is closer and a good option for food and cocktails but don't know about their beer choices.

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          Brasserie Beck
          1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005