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Aug 29, 2011 09:00 AM

Friday drinks and Sunday brunch recs

Coming to DC over labor day weekend with a group of 9 from Chicago and Minnesota. We have most meals figured out, but are looking for two recommendations:

1.) Drinks on Friday night: We all get in on Friday night and would like a place to meet up for drinks. We're staying in Crystal City, but want to get a little closer to the main (mall?) area of DC. (Basically we want to avoid Alexandria since we'll be spending most of the weekend there for a wedding.) Outside seating and a great view would be awesome. We're in our late 20's, so nothing too stuffy or too college-y.

2.) Brunch on Sunday: We're planning on spending the morning checking out the Georgetown area so prefer to be nearby, although I have heard good things about the Blacksalt brunch.

On another note, how difficult would it be for us to get into Tabbard Inn's brunch on a Monday morning?


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  1. If you can't get into the Tabard Inn's brunch Sunday (doubtful) you may want to try the brunch at Blue Duck Tavern which is not very far from Georgetown.

    Tabard Inn
    1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

    Blue Duck Tavern
    1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

    1. In Georgetown, I like Leopold's for brunch. It's down in Cady's Alley, a really pretty little find surrounded by gorgeous furniture stores:

      Poste should please you for Friday cocktails, with a really lovely open courtyard, but try to get there on the early side to plant yourselves at a table or the bar.

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      1. re: katecm

        Poste is a great idea for outdoor cocktails. Beautiful courtyard.

      2. Estadio has amazing drinks, and a good brunch menu (it's in Logan Circle). I think Leopolds is really nice and cute too for brunch.

        1. For drinks- if you really want the view try to get a res at POV Lounge in the W. It overlooks the mall and White House, but is a little trendy/snooty. But the view is really amazing and just what you are looking for.

          If not consider: Zaytinya, Oya or PS7 not too far from the mall and they all have good drinks. Although the best cocktails in the DC area are in Alexandria at PX (although some other places are getting there like PS7).

          For Sunday brunch Blacksalt is well worth the short cab from Georgetown proper. Blue Duck would be good too.

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

          701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

          1. 1) PS7- It doesn't have a view but it does have outdoor seating and excellent cocktails. Another option would be 701. They have outdoor seating and you can look over the Navy Memorial. It's a street away from the National Mall. This would be a more low-key, quieter option though---especially since the main bar is inside.

            2) Blacksalt is wonderful. I've never been for brunch but their dinner is very good. You would need a cab or car to get there though---it's far off from the regular Georgetown sightseeing area. Other options would be Peacock Cafe or Cafe Bonaparte. If you can--make reservations. Brunch is very popular in Georgetown.

            Does Tabard Inn offer brunch on Monday? I would double check that. You need reservations for their weekend brunch for sure though.

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