MICHELLE XU/THE HOYA Brixton on U St.
MICHELLE XU/THE HOYA
Brixton on U St.

The Argonaut

1433 H St. NE
Atmosphere: Trivia/Game Bar
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Tucked away at the end of H Street, this bar is perfect for brunch, happy hour or an evening out with friends. Trivia night is especially fun, but you can up the ante with a different theme every night of the week. There’s Monday Poker Night (with $0.25 wings), Taco Tuesday, “Booze Clues” Trivia Night Wednesday, live Bluegrass Thursday and happy hour every weeknight to boot. Occasional “ArgoLab” Science Nights feature patrons conducting miniature science experiments.  While The Argonaut is filled to the brim with entertaining themes, this doesn’t come at the cost of the food and drink. Delicious fish tacos and crab cakes pair well with unique microbrews. The Argonaut is also known for its $9 bottomless mimosas Thursday through Sunday.

 

Brixton

901 U St. NW
Atmosphere: British Pub
$$$$

This multi-level, British-themed pub has a chill rooftop bar along with a rowdy downstairs dance floor, making it a great spot no matter what mood you’re in. The DJ plays everything from Top 40 hits to the oldies that will get you dancing all night. The bar is conveniently close to the 9:30 Club if you’re looking for a place to grab a drink before or after a show. Try the draft beers or unique cocktails — the diesel is a concoction of Carlsberg beer, Strongbow cider and black currant liqueur. While the drinks are the highlight, they also offer assorted pub food like bangers and mash, fried pickles and samosas. If you’re looking for a proper meal earlier in the night, try the curry tiffin — your choice of Indian curry and basmati rice — or one of the delicious and hearty burgers.

 

The Codmother

1334 U St. NW
Atmosphere: Dive Bar
$$$$

This unassuming dive bar is the perfect place to grab a couple of beers, relax and enjoy a warm summer night. Despite being a little hard to find, the underground location often becomes packed with an eclectic crowd, likely because of the excellent deals and fun music. The food makes it as worth a visit as the drinks. The fish and chips is only $8 for a generous portion of lightly flavored codfish in a golden beer batter. . While the name rightly implies some of the best fish and chips in the area, don’t forget to try other treats like the scrumptious fried Oreos ($4). Wash it all down with Pabst Blue Ribbon and a shot of whiskey for $6, or get adventurous and try the peruvian bear f—-r, a mix of Pabst Blue Ribbon, orange juice and a bomb shot of Captain Morgan spiced rum.

The Gin Joint

2317 Calvert St.
Atmosphere: Upscale Bar/Lounge
$$$$

Finally, gin gets the full attention it has always deserved at The Gin Joint. This upscale bar will make you feel as classy as the herb-infused liquor that is its muse. Any of the expert bartenders can help concoct a cocktail to your liking with an array of house-made infused tonics and syrups at their disposal. But don’t be intimidated if you aren’t quite the gin connoisseur — the bartenders offer excellent explanations and suggestions, while the menu breaks down the 40 different types of gin by flavor and dimension. This cozy yet elegant downstairs bar also features an outside patio area in the summer that makes it perfect for an intimate night out with a small group, significant other or anyone you might like to impress.

 

 

 

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