Founding Farmers is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

1. Founding Farmers

9.3
1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW (20th St NW), Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · George Washington University · 712 tips and reviews

MitchellMitchell: Great weekend brunch. Get a reservation. Love the pastrami hash. Best Bloody Mary around.

K*MacK*Mac: This place is definitely worth the hype!! Get the fried green tomatoes- they are perfectly crispy. The cocktails are also delicious.

Allison K.Allison Kasic: Outstanding: butternut squash ravioli, corn bread, fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles, and cocktails. Go to town.

The Gibson is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

2. The Gibson

8.4
2009 14th St NW (at U St NW), Washington, D.C.
Speakeasy · U-Street · 138 tips and reviews

Jane A.Jane Airgun: Bespoke cocktails & best old fashioned in town (Rye drinkers, try the copperfox).

GourmetLiveGourmetLive: Cocktails at The Gibson are worth the wait. The Salad Days Sour is a blend of celery-infused pisco lemon & celery bitters streaked with burnt cinnamon.

Katie R.Katie Runyan: Absolutely love this place! Cozy booths, bar, tables & back make for plenty seating options. Great spot for a cocktail. Easiest if you make a reservation ahead of time (especially weekends)!

Room 11 is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

3. Room 11

8.9
3234 11th St NW (at Lamont St NW), Washington, D.C.
Wine Bar · Columbia Heights · 83 tips and reviews

Carsten S.Carsten Schmidt: Some of the best cocktails in the city. Plus, breakfast and lunch are also worth checking out especially the guava pastry

Ashley R.Ashley Rephlo: Great service and intimate environment with delicious food and cocktails. Risotto is terrific.

Amanda H.Amanda Himmelstoss: Like Brooklyn outside of Brooklyn. Loved the sweet potato bisque and the grilled cheese. Great cocktails and mulled wine too!

McClellan's Retreat is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

4. McClellan's Retreat

8.7
2031 Florida Ave NW (at S St NW), Washington, D.C.
Whisky Bar · Dupont Circle · 16 tips and reviews

d'Balld'Ball: Great place, cool cocktails! Many of the drinks were foreign to me however the bartender was great in explaining what everything was. We went at 7p on a Saturday and were able to get a great table!

Hal M.Hal Mackins: Neat bar themed after the famed Civil War general, with antique photos and silver lithographs on the walls. Cool cocktails, including a "Gin & Pine" with a not-often-seen pine liqueur. Refreshing!

DC Dining AdventuresDC Dining Adventures: Love the ingredients they put in the Barren Hill cocktail: rye, sweet vermouth, Laphroaig, pistachio syrup, and saffron tincture.

Bar Charley is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

5. Bar Charley

8.5
1825 18th St NW (btwn T & Swann), Washington, D.C.
Cocktail Bar · Dupont Circle · 42 tips and reviews

Karin M.Karin Miller: Very interesting cocktails, tiki drinks, lovely fenced patio and yummy small plates - fried eggplant balls were amazing.

Andrew D.Andrew Doll: Awesome selection if whiskey cocktails with multiple versions of an old fashioned on the menu! Each interesting and worth it! Happy hour is oddly short, but lasts all night on Mondays!

DC Dining AdventuresDC Dining Adventures: Amazing happy hour where you can get fantastic cocktails, like a Sazerac, for just $5!

Harold Black is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

6. Harold Black

8.5
212 7th St SE, Washington, D.C.
Speakeasy · Capitol Hill · 17 tips and reviews

Rebecca M.Rebecca Miller: Excellent speakeasy. The bartender David is fantastic, super knowledgeable and friendly. If you don't know quite what to order, tell David your tastes and he'll make you something spectacular :)

Joel L.Joel Lewis: Had great gin cocktails, cool, relaxed vibe. No phones rule is nice change of pace

Sam H.Sam H: Amazing cocktails. Very well-balanced and tasty. My favorites are the old-school tommy and the BSD

Petworth Citizen & Reading Room is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

7. Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

8.7
829 Upshur St NW, Washington, D.C.
Bar · Petworth · 26 tips and reviews

Teresa R.Teresa Reid: Great cocktails and atmosphere. Loved the comfort food too. Highly recommend this new spot.

Steve M.Steve Minard: Old school flavor, specialty cocktails, surprisingly good food (corned beef brisket was excellent), and fantastic service. They can even split individual items across multiple checks! Great new spot.

David D.David Derrick: Incredible hand crafted cocktails by very experienced and knowledgable bartenders! Very cool copper bar. A Petworth neighborhood treasure!

Bar Pilar is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

8. Bar Pilar

8.6
1833 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Bar · U-Street · 89 tips and reviews

Erik M.Erik Moe: amazing small plates and cocktails

Dean B.Dean Browell: Great and inventive small plates with some of Hemmingway's favorite cocktails

Colleen N.Colleen N: From Washingtonian: Bloody Mary, bull's eye toast, pancakes, biscuits, skillet potatoes

Acadiana is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

9. Acadiana

8.9
901 New York Ave NW (at K St. N.W.), Washington, D.C.
Cajun / Creole Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 105 tips and reviews

Kylee C.Kylee Coffman: Sunday brunch has live jazz, raw bar, 25cent bloody marys and mimosas...yum! Great service too!

J H.J Hussein: Charbroiled oysters, pie trio & basil belle cocktail!! Happy hour is awesome!

Melissa B.Melissa Bell: excellent food! recommend the fried green tomatoes, the crawfish etouffee, and nummy warm bread pudding! sunday brunch offers $1 mimosas and canjun marys!

barmini by José Andrés is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

10. barmini by José Andrés

8.5
501 9th St NW (9th St NW between E and F St NW), Washington, D.C.
Cocktail Bar · Penn Quarter · 61 tips and reviews

Brandon R.Brandon Roman: Great service and amazing cocktails!

KTLRKTLR: It is hard to go wrong here. Buffalo chicken skin was great. Lobster roll, banh mi & grilled cheese on point. Every cocktail delicious and great service!

VenuVenu: Excellent cocktails and incredible bar bites. Get the Buffalo chicken skins.

Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

11. Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro

8.5
1940 11th St NW (at U St NW), Washington, D.C.
Wine Bar · U-Street · 104 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: An excellent place to brunch en masse and drink bottomless mimosas. If weather permits, don’t forget about the back "plaza" featuring an old-world fountain'd, brick-enclosed bocce court. Read more.

NOOOOOO E.NOOOOOO EWWWWWW: Brunch was amazing! The bartender was great, nice and pretty fun! Bottomless bellinis and whatever I ate was fantastic!

Marta D.Marta D.: Best bottomless brunch in DC - $10 and they mean business! The pan con tomate with egg is delicious.

Denson Liquor Bar is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

12. Denson Liquor Bar

8.7
600 F St NW, Washington, D.C.
Cocktail Bar · Penn Quarter · 19 tips and reviews

Kathryn C.Kathryn Clark: Denson's offers top-notch prohibition cocktails and (surprisingly) an authentic cuban panini. Best for small groups as even the back room only accommodates 8. Excellent service!

Allyson H.Allyson Hartten: Perfect for a late night and some great craft cocktails. Very cozy and hip.

Zac M.Zac McCormick: Great speakeasy vibe. Top-notch bourbon cocktails. It's downstairs if you have trouble finding it.

The Columbia Room is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

13. The Columbia Room

9.3
124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, D.C.
Cocktail Bar · Logan Circle - Shaw · 12 tips and reviews

Mike R.Mike Recachinas: Incredible cocktail bar – the old fashioned menu is phenomenal! Get the "Right Side Up" or the "Cadiz" and you won't be disappointed! For a snack, the charcuterie plate or the furikake popcorn 👌

Santiago M.Santiago Martinez: Delicious cocktails. Doesn't accept bitcoins.

Hal M.Hal Mackins: Fantastic drinks, particularly the Steady Cocktail. The staff are also very accommodating: without a reservation, they were able to sneak us in for a birthday drink despite a very hefty waitlist.

Co Co. Sala is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

14. Co Co. Sala

8.9
929 F St NW (btwn 9th & 10th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Lounge · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 111 tips and reviews

Cameron D.Cameron Doolittle: Ask for Omar and the MMM cocktail.

JillianJillian: This is my favorite date spot; I love the cocojito and a few of their other cocktails. The best guilty pleasure is the bacon Mac and cheese; comes with a piece of choco covered bacon

CassyCassy: Best chocolate mojitos!!!

Off the Record is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Washington.

15. Off the Record

8.8
800 16th St NW (in Hay Adams), Washington, D.C.
Hotel Bar · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 37 tips and reviews

Jen M.Jen Martin: Best Gin and Tonic I've ever had.

Ricky S.Ricky Sherrill: A nice place for a weekday business meeting over drinks. They make some nice cocktails and la great location.

Kathleen C.Kathleen Corless: Great pear martini