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The Gibson

The Gibson

Speakeasy, Lounge, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
U-Street, Washington
140 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • whiskey
  • outdoor seating
  • romantic
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  • Marc S.
    Amazing cocktails! And good decent snacks. Try the deviled eggs. Waiters are very skilled!
  • M. S.
    M. SheppyOctober 21
    Great atmosphere... the patio is quite nice, especially with the sub-titled films. The movies have the Mystery Science Theater 3000 vibe!!!
  • Ebrahim B.
    Super selection of cocktails , not too difficult to get in. Try the rip EPA and the 1900 drunk text.
    Upvoted Sep 28
  • Eboni T.
    Awesome drinks! Great for dates and small groups
    Upvoted Sep 28
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    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
    Good cocktails, nice vibe. Try to get a booth, or an outdoor table if the weather is nice.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Eric D.
    Eric DarnellJanuary 26
    The Whiskey Daisy was outstanding!
  • Brian A.
    Brian AlvarezJanuary 19
    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 3 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HertnekyJune 12, 2013
    Its there just unnoticed
  • J
    JJune 9, 2013
    Awesome Date Spot
  • William C.
    William CandrickJune 1, 2013
    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.
  • Evan E.
    Evan EllmanMay 25, 2013
    good people, great drinks, awesome atmosphere
  • Christina D.
    Christina DinhMay 5, 2013
    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.
  • John M.
    John McCarthyMay 3, 2013
    The "Bren on the Patio" is like drinking a Yankee candle. Give it a try.
  • Nadia E.
    Nadia EspinozaApril 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The green olvies are delicious... The spiced nuts are perfectly saled and spiced... Mmmmm
  • Thaddeus P.
    Thaddeus PryorApril 13, 2013
    Up stairs is great but the full effect along with the attached menu is down stairs....
  • Abbie W.
    Abbie WApril 2, 2013
    bartenders were fanfrickintastik. Let them concoct a drink especially for you.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJanuary 4, 2013
    A clubby speakeasy serving classic cocktails. Order one (or two or three) of the old-fashioned fizzes or sours, plus olives or another light bite from the snack menu.
  • Francis G.
    Francis GulottaDecember 31, 2012
    The gratuitous miss use is amazing. Smokey, sweet and delicious.
  • Tse
    TseOctober 13, 2012
    Mixologist is on point & knows what to make you from mere description of preferences. Al Pacino's South Side - way good & another one wt lime flame...& a spicy aftertaste
  • cameron
    cameronOctober 5, 2012
    Unmarked door next to Marvin.
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BirasaAugust 31, 2012
    Go on a weeknight when you don't need a res
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronJuly 21, 2012
    these mixologist will bring u whatever drink u like and hulk it up, great atmosphere first date approved, each drink is smelled and they try it before they serve it to Make sure it's perfect for u
  • Nadia E.
    Nadia EspinozaJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try anything on the a little..its sinfully delicious..ohh if u like boozy sweet sinful...try the de la louisianne...its like being in the latin quarter..without the airfare
  • Jon P.
    Jon PJune 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Next time you are here request an Old Fashioned, Sazerac, or Lion's Tail with @AtlanticoRum awesome!
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsMay 31, 2012
    You’ll need to make a reservation to pay $15 per cocktail at this speakeasy-style spot. And you’ll be grateful you did. For more local tips, follow us on 4sq or check out
  • Leigh F.
    Leigh FerreiraApril 25, 2012
    Speakeasy. Go to the bar upstairs. Great cocktails
  • Greg R.
    Greg ReedMarch 29, 2012
    Don't order from the menu, describe what you like and see what the bartenders come up with
  • Greg R.
    Greg ReedMarch 29, 2012
    Sit at the bar and watch the magic
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RephloMarch 7, 2012
    Ask for the classic "south side" drink for a refreshing gin and mint infused cocktail!
  • Greg R.
    Greg ReedMarch 4, 2012
    Try a proper gin , bourbon, or rye drink. Get away from vodka for once, you will not be disappointed. And do not be afraid to go off menu
  • Adam G.
    Adam GurriFebruary 5, 2012
    Don't hesitate to ask them to improvise, they're great.
  • Peter M.
    Peter MeisterFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out our spider webs in the bathrooms!
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CafféJanuary 26, 2012
    "James Bond is an asshole, never shake a martini"
  • Bob S.
    Bob StaffordJanuary 21, 2012
    Great cocktails on their rotating menu, but give the server your preferences (eg bourbon, but not sweet) and let them mix something custom for you. Great atmosphere - no food though
  • BestOf
    BestOfJanuary 3, 2012
    Voted Best Bar in Washington, DC in 2010. Read more
  • Tatiana B.
    Tatiana BodnyaDecember 30, 2011
    So there is special going on, the manager have no idea about it and doesn't want to use it....
  • Rob C.
    Rob ChristensenNovember 26, 2011
    Like tequila: ask for the kaleidescope.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeonidasNovember 20, 2011
    Drinks here are STRONG and extremely well-made, but pricey. However, you really only need two drinks from here, so it's somewhat cost-effective.
  • Taylor
    TaylorNovember 12, 2011
    Off-menu drinks are great. Enjoyed the sazerac.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerSeptember 22, 2011
    Ask the bartenders to do some Mixology magic w/ hum while you 1st sip on a Margarita w/ a hum Float
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SalinasJuly 25, 2011
    Watch out for the dress code, long pants or closed toe shoes. Who knew?
  • Maarten P.
    Maarten PeschierJuly 4, 2011
    Go off the menu and you won't be disappointed! Read more
  • Caleb
    CalebMay 30, 2011
  • Hotel Tonight
    Hotel TonightMay 2, 2011
    For a truly memorable experience, ignore the menu and let the bartenders do their thing.
  • lucy e.
    lucy elliottApril 30, 2011
    Try the What You Want cocktail.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 21, 2011
    This exclusive bar with a no-standing policy is all about well-crafted cocktails, both classic and innovative. The waitstaff flames twists over drinks tableside.
  • Kelly G.
    Kelly GApril 5, 2011
    Try the Filmishmish! Delish!
  • Kelly G.
    Kelly GApril 5, 2011
    Order the Grames #1 if you can get it with Vodka.
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GeorgeMarch 26, 2011
    don't accept checks from this dude Steven Daniel. The checks will bounce. cash only!
  • Kate 🍸 E.
    Kate 🍸 E.J.February 26, 2011
    Don't like bourbon? Ask for a Brunswick Sour, you won't be disappointed..
  • ATR
    ATRFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For those drink off the menu, Scorched Earth.
  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GilmoreJanuary 29, 2011
    Good cocktails next time I will sit at the bar!
  • NightScene
    NightSceneJanuary 11, 2011
    Mind blowing cocktails in this little hidden getaway. For extravagant drinks be prepared for a longer prep time, and a dollar or two extra on the tab, but with his atmosphere it is well worth it
  • Michael D.
    Michael DussertDecember 12, 2010
    Pee before. The lines can be long!
  • Piero M.
    Piero MarinucciNovember 27, 2010
    This is a speakeasy, which means you get to pretend you're high class and exclusive, but regretably, they would even let me in.
  • scott s.
    scott steadNovember 21, 2010
    Tired of the attitude? Check out Wisdom for a relaxed cocktail experience right off of Potomac Ave Metro on Capitol Hill. Wisdom Mixologists will exceed your expectations. Seriously. Escape U Street.
  • Domingo S.
    Domingo ShafferNovember 7, 2010
    The benedictine is off the menu but you need it.
  • Kelly G.
    Kelly GNovember 5, 2010
    Order the Grames #1.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 18, 2010
    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.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SmithOctober 1, 2010
    I love the three way with Sam drink and the carrot soup.
  • Jane A.
    Jane AirgunSeptember 29, 2010
    Bespoke cocktails & best old fashioned in town (Rye drinkers, try the copperfox).
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuSeptember 16, 2010
    Sit in the back patio when the weather's nice, but put on insect repellent. Order one of the gelato based drinks.
  • TBD
    TBDAugust 2, 2010
    U Street Girl says the Gibson has a relaxing atmosphere with no pretension. She recommends sitting at the bar (as opposed to tables) for the fastest drink service. Read more
  • Steve F.
    Steve FoxAugust 2, 2010
    “The Gibson” at 14th & U Streets harkens back to a time when televisions in bars did not exist. A time when it was illegal to drink in the U.S. A time when people retreated to a hidden bar for fear o Read more
  • Peter W.
    Peter WilhelmJuly 18, 2010
    This place is a speakeasy so there's not even a sign outside - how cool is that? It's the 1st bldg north of Marvin's on 14th. Grab a seat upstairs in the study and enjoy a mint julep. Read more
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KuruszJune 26, 2010
    Act cool.
  • Alicia G.
    Alicia GJune 22, 2010
    My favorite drink at the Gibson is the Pampered Moose - elderflower liquor, vodka, grapefruit juice, prosecco and a giant orange peel. Wonderful citrusy aroma - can't go wrong!!!
  • Maxwell Z.
    Maxwell ZMay 31, 2010
    If you like Sazeracs go for a "De la Louisiane."
  • Robert R.
    Robert RosenburghMay 19, 2010
    Go to The Gibson and order the Bannockburn
  • Brian C.
    Brian CopelandMay 12, 2010
    Congrats on getting the hot NAR ticket of the week. We're honored you've chosen to spend tonight with YPN!
  • Rob A.
    Rob AbilezMay 4, 2010
    If you are in to gin, go for an Aviator.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LesterApril 30, 2010
    Go early and grab a drink in the back patio.
  • Ana
    AnaFebruary 28, 2010
    Best cocktails anywhere ever. Try a "De la Louisiane" or just have the bartender custom make something for you.
  • Kenley F.
    Kenley FarmerFebruary 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    New menu debuts this week. Do yourself a favor and order KP's cobbler.
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 9, 2010
    The Gibson, the sleek speakeasy that treats cocktails like extensions of the fine-dining service, not lubrications for it. With some added space the waits should now be shorter for this A-List place.
  • Ken G.
    Ken GermerJanuary 22, 2010
    The Blackbird is a reddish drink, but it's delicious. Their juleps are great too.
  • Nisha C.
    Nisha ChittalJanuary 15, 2010
    Get the Sazerac.
  • Leonard T.
    Leonard TysonJanuary 8, 2010
    If you know the secret knock ask for anything featuring St. Germaine
  • Michael P.
    Michael PerryDecember 17, 2009
    the cricketeer is fantastic. smooth rum with a bit of ginger a fantastic combo
  • Greg G.
    Greg GioiaNovember 26, 2009
    So I've drank in 48 states, DC, and half of Europe, and this may be the best bar I've ever visited. Tiffany rocks.
  • Arminda S.
    Arminda SmithOctober 31, 2009
    Go to Halloween Party tomorrow!
  • Ana C.
    Ana CoxOctober 25, 2009
    It's Derek's last night tonight. Head over and ask for a "Coxie."
  • Julie H.
    Julie HoushSeptember 23, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go "off the menu" and put yourself in the hands of the highly skilled bartenders; I've never been disappointed.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LilesJuly 20, 2009
    Order the hurricane for two, and have it for one.
  • Matt C.
    Matt ComptonJuly 6, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Talk your way onto the patio and enjoy a Horse's Neck (with a kick).
  • Sam S.
    Sam SherwoodJune 16, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to The Gibson and order a Boothby manhattan, even if it's not on the menu
  • Colin L.
    Colin LowenbergJune 9, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Order an Old Fashioned, Aviator I or II,
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