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Mar 16, 2011 03:39 PM

Bachelor Party places?

Hey All,

I am having my bachelor party this weekend in D.C. and am not that familiar with the city. My best man was organizing it, but he is new to the area and got stuck with a project at work and has been too busy to really research it.

I am looking for reasonably priced places with awesome beer or wine lists, are good for groups, have decent food and maybe a few places that have good beer and games (think Northbowl in Philly or Barcade in Brooklyn). Bonus points for places that are near other cool places or are easily accessible.

The whole event is just kind of casual, so lots of options are great.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Matchbox in Chinatown. Burgers (split a couple orders of sliders, medium rare), pizza, and other accessible entrees (scallops, steak, etc.). I'm not a wine guy, but they have several quality beers available (Bell's, Chimay, Dogfish, etc.) on draft. Good atmosphere for groups.

    I am pretty sure they don't take reservations on the weekend, so get there before 6 p.m. or I wouldn't go. I went there for a friend's bachelor party the winter before last and everyone had a great time.

    As for the other activities...well, we didn't go bowling. But being next to the Gallery Place metro, you'd be a short ride from doing almost anything in the city. There's actually bowling inside Gallery Place, but it's not cheap and you *must* reserve a lane beforehand...more of a hassle than fun IMO. Might be too late at this point anyway.

    1. I have the answer: Go to Capitol Hill, Pennsylvania SW. 18th Amendment has an truly excellent beer list, Pour House has three floors - games downstairs, sports bar on the main floor, pool and lounge on the top floor (called "Top of the Hill"). The classic Hawk and Dove & Capitol Lounge are all over there also, as is Tune Inn, where you can get good greasy late night snacks. As far as food, there are a ton of options - but why not Matchbox on Capitol Hill? (No offense to the previous poster, but I live in Chinatown and it's just not my favorite neighborhood to hang out in at all - it's too busy, the people aren't that friendly, and the whole vibe is kinda lame.)

      Not that it's your thing, but a cab from Capitol Hill to Archibald's/Fast Eddies would not be very expensive and would leave you by McPherson metro station, and it wouldn't be the first time it's happened....(stay on the FE's side and you won't get into any trouble - it's a regular bar during the week).

      1. I really like some of the above ideas other places to consider:

        H ST NE area for: H St Country Club has mini golf, and games inside. For food you could go to Granville Moore's which has a good beer list, Liberty Tree, Biergarten Haus. Toyland is a nice bar too with a good beer list, and Taylor Gourmet has perfect late night subs.

        As an added bonus there is Palace of Wonders right there which has burlesque shows (I went to one for a bachelorette party incidentally that was pretty fun). It isn't sleezy or wierd, but was pretty interesting, I would actually recommend it for some bachelor kitsch.

        In the Chinatown for after dinner hoopla there is also Shelly's Back Room which is a cigar bar.

        I like the Capitol Hill Suggestion. FYI Matchbox will take reservations for big groups. Also there is Cava Mezze which has great greek tapas and is very reasonable and group friendly. Sonoma has a great wine list and pour selection, good food and a nice lounge area too, great for big groups because they have these huge communal tables.

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

        1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

        Taylor Gourmet
        1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

        Back Room
        580 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD 21146

        7 Replies
        1. re: ktmoomau

          I thought about H St NE, and it's where I would want to go for a bachelorette party, but the number of times that I have stood on the street waiting for a cab for an hour at 2 am gave me pause. I've tried to book cabs in advance, and they won't, and recently I recently tried to book a limo to pick me up at 2am even, but for whatever reason they weren't interested in doing that....Not that Capitol Hill is always so much easier, but there's the option of metro if you leave early enough, or walking, or just walking up to the Hill proper so you can catch a cab on Constitution.

          ETA: Forgot about the shuttle to Chinatown metro...I've asked this before, but I'll try again - has anyone taken it really late at night? Is there an incredibly large crowd, or can you easily get on it when it comes? Is it pretty close to the schedule? Thanks!

          1. re: Raids

            We had a limo for the bachelorette, but we always cab to Union Station and metro and have never had a problem getting a cab, but you can always call one or if you have Taxi Magic, I use that a lot. I had a friend that lived there till recently so I used to frequent that area more often.

            1. re: ktmoomau

              I think we've had this conversation before so I'll just leave it either you're not leaving at/after 2am (good possibility or you wouldn't be taking the metro, right?), you're not trying to be picked up on H St, or you haven't tried to do these things since the construction took it down to one lane each way.

              1. re: Raids

                Well I'm married so I am not normally trying to be picked up on H St ; )

                If you have an iphone you should seriously get Taxi Magic it's the best and you can pay for your cabs with it, we use that for most of late/early hour taxi needs, it buzzes your phone when it is outside or they call. This will probably get deleted since it is off topic, but hopefully you see it in time. It works all over the place, we use it when we travel or go out nearby.

            2. re: Raids

              I thought they canceled the shuttle? I always walk back to Union Station (not alone), or catch the 90s bus to get back to U Street.
              I think ktmoomau's suggestions are great: H Street Country Club is a really good idea for games.

              They also have pool and shuffleboard at Buffalo Billiards in Dupont, and it's really a big, comfortable space, though definitely less quirkiness/originality than H Street. It would be easy to barhop around there, and less transportation difficulties than H Street.

              Buffalo Billiards
              1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC

              H Street Country Club
              1335 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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

              1. re: hamster

                I also think H Street bar hopping including H Street Country Club is a great idea. You could eat at Atlas Room which I have really enjoyed and also has good drinks (good beers & good cocktails). There are also several craft cocktail places on H St. that could be a fun start to your night (Church & State, Fruit Bat, + more).

                Another idea is heading to the 11th street area at Columbia Heights to go to Meridian Pint. Meridian Pint has a big space downstairs with self-fill taps and has pool tables and more. It'd be a really good space to hang out with a big group. There's also good food nearby at RedRocks Pizzeria and Room 11.

                H Street Country Club
                1335 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

                1. re: J_DC

                  I love Red Rocks pizza.

                  Red Rock Cafe
                  385 Muddy Branch Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878