The Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, DC, has long been recognized as one of the Capital’s most popular nightlife destinations. Whether it’s the latest “in” spot for singles, an upscale culinary experience or vibrant collegiate bar, Georgetown offers something for everyone. Take a peek at several favorites in alphabetical order:
1736 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
If you’re looking for the real deal in French cuisine, you’ve found it with Bistro Lepic. This cozy gem serves authentic French food with an emphasis on Provencale cuisine backed by a helpful staff, savvy in selecting an appropriate wine. A popular date night destination, you can enjoy everything from a glass of burgundy to a snack to a full meal. Signature dishes include the onion tart, smoked trout salad and calf’s liver with capers, garlic, and black olives. The chef relies on seasonal fruits and vegetables to keep the menu fresh and diverse. For those looking for a good wine bar, the popular Wine bar upstairs offers monthly tastings and small appe-teasers. The low lighting and interesting wall hangings provide more of romantic ambience than the cheerful dining room downstairs. It’s best to call in advance as Bistro Lepic is small and fills up fast with regulars and patrons drawn by allure of flavorful, satisfying food.
1073 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Modeled after the jazz supper clubs in the 20s and 30s, Blues Alley is one of the oldest continuing clubs in the US. Jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ramsey Lewis, Tony Bennett, Grover Washington, Jr., and Sarah Vaughn have all played here at one time or another. Music lovers revel in the opportunity to hear renowned artists play blues and soul in the relative intimacy of small supper club tucked away on a cobblestoned alley in the heart of Georgetown. The club requires a two-item minimum with largely Cajun and Creole offerings on the menu in keeping with the jazz theme. The sound system is impressive with the volume just loud enough to experience the music with musicians who love playing to an audience that knows and appreciates them. Arrive early – seating is first come; first served.
3236 M Street, NW
Located in the heart of Georgetown, Clyde’s is one of the granddaddies of American saloons. Opened in 1963, the restaurant maintains its charter of providing “good company” with good food and drink at good value. Despite frequent refurbishings, Clyde’s still features its signature long oak bar, plank flooring and Back Bar with vintage railroad posters. A gathering point for all walks of life, Clyde’s draws in journalists, politicians, athletes and neighborhood residents. Its late afternoon appetizer menu inspired the mellow 1976 pop hit, “Afternoon Delight,” with a gold record proudly hanging at the restaurant today.
3315 Cady’s Alley, NW
The L2 lounge is a luxe watering hole that appeals to the DC sophisticate. Beautifully decorated down to its white sectionals, exposed brick walls and unisex bathroom, L2 is known for its specialty drinks and exemplary service. Appetizers and plates are small but tasty. Of particular note are the sliders. Located in the central courtyard of Cady’s Alley, the L2 offers a membership program that enables members to bypass the line with up to five guests and access special rooms reserved for members only. Non-members can get in for a cover charge on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. More recently L2 has been hosting events such as Apres Work, a no-cover event that takes place every Wednesday night, and Art Soiree, bringing in a new group of patrons. L2 favors a mix of house and dance music that reinforces the chic vibe.
1226 36th Street, NW
Located at 36th street near Georgetown University, the Tombs is a quintessential college bar. Typically packed with both students and recent graduates, the Tombs inspired the college student hangout immortalized in the 1980s brat pack film “St. Elmo’s Fire.” While Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Demi Moore have moved on, the Tombs remains much the same. Located below street level, the Tombs provides a cozy, classic underground pub feel with its wood paneling, darts and a convivial, collegiate atmosphere. While much of the Tombs’ allure is its cheap pitchers of beer, the food is top rated as well with the Tombs rumored to share its kitchen with its swanky upstairs neighbor, the 1789 Restaurant.