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The Gibson

The Gibson

Speakeasy, Lounge, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
U-Street, Washington
133 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • whiskey
  • outdoor seating
  • bourbon
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  • Akshay A.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Old fashioned
  • Jessica P.
    Fancy and unique cocktails.
  • Angie H.
    This is the most DC of DC cocktail bars. They'll text when your wait is up.
  • Julia L.
    Favorite spot in DC for drinks.
  • Trish R.
    We were so excited to go here, but any bar that's puts a Manhattan in a martini glass is a disgrace. I asked the server why they did this for almost all drinks and he said they are cheaper. #fail
  • 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
  • Ghassan A.
    Ghassan Abu-GhaidaAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Probably my favorite bar. Only place I absolutely recommend.
  • 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!
  • Stephan F.
    Stephan FrankeMay 10, 2014
    The "I've been drinking" tastes like rubber cement glue
  • John N.
    John NienartApril 1, 2014
    Top-notch cocktails. Forget the menu; sit at the bar, tell the bartender what you like, and let him create something just for you.
  • gravity 5.
    gravity 508March 12, 2014
    Try these drinks: Glam, I been drankin & blood of Kings and ask for Frank! He's great!!!!
  • Beverly B.
    Beverly BOctober 28, 2013
    No lines on Sundays.
  • David M.
    David MorarSeptember 20, 2013
    Ted is the best! Ask for the "dry but refreshing" drink. It'll blow your mind.
  • Justin E.
    Justin EsquivelSeptember 13, 2013
    Fantastic intimate atmosphere wether you're looking for romance or mystery this is the perfect night spot,
  • Wade S.
    Wade StuartJuly 27, 2013
    Classy joint
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SopherJuly 23, 2013
    If you can forgive the occasionally rude folks at the door, this is a fantastic speakeasy- great cocktails, environment, and bartenders.
  • Real Living | At Home
    Want a cocktail? This has everything you could possibly imagine.
    The drinks are unique, delicious, and strong. We love coming here with a date when we want to enjoy a high-end cocktail and not have to shout across the table. Read more
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