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Best place for a drink in Dupont?

Doh Dec 21, 2010 04:19 AM

A few friends want to meet for a drink to celebrate the holidays (and a birthday) somewhere in or near Dupont. We were considering the Gibson, but I think it's a little far. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    spinachandchocolate Dec 21, 2010 03:28 PM

    Bar Dupont

    classy, nice ambiance, great people watching overlooking Dupont Circle and they put nuts on your table!

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      elledeepea Dec 21, 2010 06:33 AM

      Kramer's has GREAT desserts and cocktails. The Raspberry White Chocolate, Cheesecake, Apple Crumb Pie and Carrot Cake are to DIE for! Wash it down with a Cherry Limeade (subtle) / Loosey Goosey Cosmo (strong).


      I love the atmosphere. I've only dined outdoors, but there's PLENTY of indoor seating. Believe it or not, parking is usually a breeze during late hours.

      Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
      1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

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        Doh Dec 21, 2010 06:27 AM

        We're past our 30s and not single-- just looking for a nice place to meet, drink and talk. Does that help?

        Thanks for the suggestions, Elyssa. I've never been to Darlington House, but it looks like a interesting possibility, and Tabard Inn is a good idea too.

        Would Firefly work (do they have tables in their bar area)?

        Tabard Inn
        1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

        Darlington House
        Washington, DC, Washington, DC

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          marcj Dec 21, 2010 07:36 AM

          Firefly does have tables in their bar area, and they make great cocktails there as well. If you're looking for a somewhat hipper, livelier scene than Tabard, it's a great spot. And I'm not knocking Tabard, the lounge is fantastic and they make a mean hot toddy--it's just a more old-school setting (i.e., fireplace and wood paneling), which good be perfect for your purposes

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            Doh Dec 21, 2010 08:41 AM


          2. re: Doh
            Elyssa Dec 21, 2010 08:41 AM

            Firefly is good. I find Urbana to be a little more comfortable...although sometimes they play loud music. I think it depends on what time and day you are going.

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            marcj Dec 21, 2010 05:19 AM

            What kind of scene are you looking for?

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              Elyssa Dec 21, 2010 04:32 AM

              The Gibson is not really in Dupont, more like U Street area.

              2 places I'm liking these days are the lounge at Tabard Inn (this is a more low-key vibe) or Darlington House. Another place to consider is Science Club,.

              Tabard Inn
              1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

              Darlington House
              1610 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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

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