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The Gibson

The Gibson

Speakeasy, Lounge, and Cocktail Bar · U-Street
2009 14th St NW (at U St NW), Washington, D.C. 20003, United States
Hours:
Closed until 6:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 6:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 6:00 PM–2:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Happy Hour
Drinks:
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
No
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.5/10

Based on 278 votes

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    Jon P.
    "here request an Old Fashioned"(7 Tips)
    Nisha C.
    "Get the Sazerac."(5 Tips)
    Domingo S.
    "The benedictine is off the menu but you need it."(6 Tips)
    Christina D.
    "... is right next to the Marvin with only a hand painted writing on the..."(3 Tips)
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  • Lucille F.

    Old fashioned cocktail bar lounge offering classic cocktails from days gone by. These guys know what they are doing. Reservations recommended.

    Lucille Fisher · November 9, 2015
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  • Elizabeth

    Write this down: Sazerac, old fashioned and a bartenders choice. Cheers!

    Elizabeth · November 9, 2015
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  • Mark H.

    Explore the unknown with rare cocktails and engage the smart wait staff by asking for recommendations.

    Mark Hamrick · August 29, 2015
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  • Mark H.

    Great place for drinks. Don't judge by the exterior. Cool decor inside and terrific wait staff.

    Mark Hamrick · August 29, 2015
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  • Sam H.

    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

    Sam H · August 17, 2015
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  • Rich Y.

    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.

    Rich Yueh · June 12, 2015
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  • Joshua H.

    Very expensive. But the drinks are fantastic and the speakeasy environment is awesome.

    Joshua Higgins · May 12, 2015
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  • Ellen S.

    Olives are a great snack. Make it a priority to come when local bands are playing. Intimate venue with great drinks.

    Ellen S. P. · March 26, 2015
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  • Dominique B.

    Awesome atmosphere and amazing people.

    Dominique Brown · February 24, 2015
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  • Karen E.

    Door staff is cool. Don't try to make a reservation after 5pm

    Karen Elizabeth · January 30, 2015
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  • Adrianna T.

    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.

    Adrianna Tan · January 6, 2015
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  • Micah P.

    Chill spot to get your night started on u street

    Micah P · December 29, 2014
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  • Claire C.

    You will think you're entering a sketchy place, until you get inside.

    Claire Corbett · November 30, 2014
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  • Mithun D.

    You can depend on the bartenders!

    Mithun Devraj · November 2, 2014
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  • Chad C.

    It better be the weekend if I'm here.

    Chad Capellman · September 19, 2014
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  • Cara

    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.

    Cara · September 19, 2014
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  • Peter P.

    Drinks here are pretty wild. And it means both good and bad. You'd be wise to pick conservatively.

    Peter Park · September 17, 2014
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  • Christopher K.

    Took us without a reservation but barely so make one!

    Christopher Kopenec · September 6, 2014
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  • TV Food Maps

    Check out The Gibson as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 29, 2014
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  • Ghassan A.

    Probably my favorite bar. Only place I absolutely recommend.

    Ghassan Abu-Ghaida · August 26, 2014
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  • Sophia C.

    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.

    Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld · August 24, 2014
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  • Alyssa G.

    Service is terrible and the drinks are just mediocre. I would say avoid if possible. There are way better spots in the area

    Alyssa Guo · August 24, 2014
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  • Bob S.

    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.

    Bob Specht · August 12, 2014
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  • Matt B.

    Old Fashioned and Lions Tail were both great. Cool atmosphere.

    Matt Bernstein · August 8, 2014
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  • Nicole K.

    Everything here is perfect. Just get the door guy to text you when your spot is ready so you don't miss out!

    Nicole Kyle · August 8, 2014
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  • Timur

    Back patio for date night.

    Timur · August 7, 2014
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  • Mike F.

    These guys try to hard. MP drinks? Pass.

    Mike Fraietta · July 25, 2014
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  • Oreo V.

    Try the classic Old Fashioned. Best ever.

    Oreo Vilarino · July 13, 2014
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  • Arthur G.

    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.

    Arthur Gueneau · June 25, 2014
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  • Marta Lynne S.

    Awesome outdoor patio in the back!

    Marta Lynne Schantz · May 28, 2014
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  • Kat

    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!

    Kat · May 26, 2014
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  • Stephan F.

    The "I've been drinking" tastes like rubber cement glue

    Stephan Franke · May 10, 2014
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  • John N.

    Top-notch cocktails. Forget the menu; sit at the bar, tell the bartender what you like, and let him create something just for you.

    John Nienart · April 1, 2014
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  • gravity 5.

    Try these drinks: Glam, I been drankin & blood of Kings and ask for Frank! He's great!!!!

    gravity 508 · March 12, 2014
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  • Beverly B.

    No lines on Sundays.

    Beverly B · October 28, 2013
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  • David M.

    Ted is the best! Ask for the "dry but refreshing" drink. It'll blow your mind.

    David Morar · September 20, 2013
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  • Justin E.

    Fantastic intimate atmosphere wether you're looking for romance or mystery this is the perfect night spot,

    Justin Esquivel · September 13, 2013
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  • Wade S.

    Classy joint

    Wade Stuart · July 27, 2013
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  • Christopher S.

    If you can forgive the occasionally rude folks at the door, this is a fantastic speakeasy- great cocktails, environment, and bartenders.

    Christopher Sopher · July 23, 2013
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  • Real Living | At Home

    Want a cocktail? This has everything you could possibly imagine.

    Real Living | At Home · July 8, 2013
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    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

    ThePurplePassport.com · July 1, 2013
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  • Jonathan H.

    Its there just unnoticed

    Jonathan Hertneky · June 12, 2013
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  • Jaryl C.

    Awesome Date Spot

    Jaryl Campos · June 9, 2013
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  • William C.

    My friends all bailed on me one night so I went here solo. Got a spot at the bar, downed three great cocktails, and the bartender sent me off with a rye shot on the house. It was a good night.

    William Candrick · June 1, 2013
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  • Evan E.

    good people, great drinks, awesome atmosphere

    Evan Ellman · May 25, 2013
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  • Christina D.

    In true speakeasy style it is difficult to find. It is right next to the Marvin with only a hand painted writing on the brick wall to indicate The Gibson. Great place with the best well mixed drinks.

    Christina Dinh · May 5, 2013
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  • John M.

    The "Bren on the Patio" is like drinking a Yankee candle. Give it a try.

    John McCarthy · May 3, 2013
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  • Nadia E.

    The green olvies are delicious... The spiced nuts are perfectly saled and spiced... Mmmmm

    Nadia Espinoza · April 26, 2013
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  • Thaddeus P.

    Up stairs is great but the full effect along with the attached menu is down stairs....

    Thaddeus Pryor · April 13, 2013
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  • Abbie W.

    bartenders were fanfrickintastik. Let them concoct a drink especially for you.

    Abbie W · April 2, 2013
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