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The Gibson

The Gibson

Speakeasy, Lounge, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
U-Street, Washington
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  • Marc S.
    Marc SchneebergerNovember 11, 2017
    Amazing cocktails! And good decent snacks. Try the deviled eggs. Waiters are very skilled!
  • M. S.
    M. SheppyOctober 21, 2017
    Great atmosphere... the patio is quite nice, especially with the sub-titled films. The movies have the Mystery Science Theater 3000 vibe!!!
  • Ebrahim B.
    Ebrahim BandookwalaJuly 13, 2017
    Super selection of cocktails , not too difficult to get in. Try the rip EPA and the 1900 drunk text.
  • Eboni T.
    Eboni ThompsonMay 19, 2017
    Awesome drinks! Great for dates and small groups
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchMay 18, 2017
    Cheers to The Gibson's impeccable cocktails with clever names, creative ingredients, and a backstory behind the seasonal offerings. We love this intimate spot for a date. Read more
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinFebruary 18, 2017
    Good cocktails, nice vibe. Try to get a booth, or an outdoor table if the weather is nice.
    Upvoted Oct 25, 2017
  • Eric D.
    Eric DarnellJanuary 26, 2017
    The Whiskey Daisy was outstanding!
  • Brian A.
    Brian AlvarezJanuary 19, 2017
    Great cocktails.
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly ANovember 27, 2016
    Overpriced and the hostesses are extremely rude
  • Karen C.
    Karen CooperNovember 13, 2016
    Cocktails are awesome, & there's a back patio fire pit. Capacity is fixed/strict (no standing) so it's never crowded- a great place for intimate convos. Upstairs rooms are perfect for private parties
    Upvoted Oct 25, 2017
  • Thiago B.
    Thiago BenicchioOctober 18, 2016
    Good (but not amazing) cocktails. Small portions of good food.
  • Katie R.
    Katie RunyanOctober 18, 2016
    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)!
  • Akshay A.
    Akshay AnikhindiJuly 3, 2016
    Not as great as it used to be. They used to have really unique drinks, but now 4 out of 10 drinks are "classics" that you can find at any bar in DC. Go to PX or Columbia Room instead.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BramhillJune 25, 2016
    Loved the Self Starter and the Muse of the Warrior Poet. Nice speakeasy, great drinks and not overly pretentious. Cute back patio, too.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MonsalveJune 5, 2016
    Great cocktails (dark and stormy is my personal go to) and bar food! Bring a date here; it's a pretty sexy space for sure.
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 31, 2016
    Promises of what could've been is what I think of this place. Great cocktails. Great vibe. Great romance. Will cherish the memory.
  • Stefan B.
    Stefan BrosickMay 17, 2016
    Old fashioned
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaApril 18, 2016
    Fancy and unique cocktails.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonApril 6, 2016
    This is the most DC of DC cocktail bars. They'll text when your wait is up.
  • Julia L.
    Julia Lord NickleMarch 22, 2016
    Favorite spot in DC for drinks.
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherNovember 9, 2015
    Old fashioned cocktail bar lounge offering classic cocktails from days gone by. These guys know what they are doing. Reservations recommended.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethNovember 9, 2015
    Write this down: Sazerac, old fashioned and a bartenders choice. Cheers!
  • Mark H.
    Mark HamrickAugust 29, 2015
    Explore the unknown with rare cocktails and engage the smart wait staff by asking for recommendations.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HamrickAugust 29, 2015
    Great place for drinks. Don't judge by the exterior. Cool decor inside and terrific wait staff.
  • Sam H.
    Sam HAugust 17, 2015
    Get a punch bowl of just about anything and split it between friends! I had two other friends with me and we ended up getting three drinks each from the bowl. This is the one with chartreuse
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YuehJune 12, 2015
    Reservations are highly recommended but you need to call before 6p to reserve your time. If you miss the cutoff, it's walk-in only.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsMay 12, 2015
    Very expensive. But the drinks are fantastic and the speakeasy environment is awesome.
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.March 26, 2015
    Olives are a great snack. Make it a priority to come when local bands are playing. Intimate venue with great drinks.
  • Dominique B.
    Dominique BrownFebruary 24, 2015
    Awesome atmosphere and amazing people.
  • Karen E.
    Karen ElizabethJanuary 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Door staff is cool. Don't try to make a reservation after 5pm
  • Adrianna T.
    Adrianna TanJanuary 6, 2015
    Worst cocktail bar I have ever been to. Smug service. When it exists, for a few seconds, that is. Bullshit bartender. Horrible drinks. The staff seem to hate each other too. Awful awful awful.
  • Micah P.
    Micah PDecember 29, 2014
    Chill spot to get your night started on u street
  • Claire C.
    Claire CorbettNovember 30, 2014
    You will think you're entering a sketchy place, until you get inside.
  • Mithun D.
    Mithun DevrajNovember 2, 2014
    You can depend on the bartenders!
  • Chad C.
    Chad CapellmanSeptember 19, 2014
    It better be the weekend if I'm here.
  • Cara
    CaraSeptember 19, 2014
    There is no sexier place in DC than The Gibson. A date once gave the doorman a description of me, and when I arrived I was greeted by name and whisked inside to the appropriate table. Fabulous.
  • Peter P.
    Peter ParkSeptember 17, 2014
    Drinks here are pretty wild. And it means both good and bad. You'd be wise to pick conservatively.
  • Christopher K.
    Christopher KopenecSeptember 6, 2014
    Took us without a reservation but barely so make one!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 29, 2014
    Check out The Gibson as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more
  • Sophia C.
    Sophia Chua-RubenfeldAugust 24, 2014
    Wildly overrated. People lining up just because they see a line. "Speakeasy" concept lasts as far as the judgmental bouncer; inside is just another $16 cocktail spot.
  • Alyssa G.
    Alyssa GuoAugust 24, 2014
    Service is terrible and the drinks are just mediocre. I would say avoid if possible. There are way better spots in the area
  • Bob S.
    Bob SpechtAugust 12, 2014
    Great spot to duck into during a busy night on U St. Yes, it really is through that door! Every cocktail tried was superb, and service was enjoyable. Intimate but pleasant time.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinAugust 8, 2014
    Old Fashioned and Lions Tail were both great. Cool atmosphere.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KyleAugust 8, 2014
    Everything here is perfect. Just get the door guy to text you when your spot is ready so you don't miss out!
  • Timur
    TimurAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Back patio for date night.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FraiettaJuly 25, 2014
    These guys try to hard. MP drinks? Pass.
  • Oreo V.
    Oreo VilarinoJuly 13, 2014
    Try the classic Old Fashioned. Best ever.
  • Arthur G.
    Arthur GueneauJune 25, 2014
    Downstairs and inside. This is how you go about the Gibson. Bar seats are the best as you can get personalized cocktails and chat with the bartenders.
  • Marta Lynne S.
    Awesome outdoor patio in the back!
  • Kat
    KatMay 26, 2014
    Fantastic atmosphere, especially at the patio. This place has so much potential, but it's biggest flaw is its rude/douchebag/hipster doorman! Zero people skills and an attitude to go with it! So sad!
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