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DUPONT CIRCLE Area: Kramerbooks and Afterwords Bar & Cafe
Located in the heart of DuPont Circle is Kramerbooks, a nice little independent bookstore. Even better, in the back on one side is a cafe and restaurant while the back in the other part of the store has a great fully stocked bar. On weekdays they open at 7am for coffee and newspapers and they stay open until around 1am. On weekends they claim they are open 24/7, but they can't serve alcohol after the city's mandatory last call.
We stopped in to this unique little spot to escape the cold in January 2009. We looked at a few books, checked out the cafe, then wandered over to the bar for a quick round of beers at just $4 each. We relaxed for about 30 minutes, laughed at the bartender's shirt that said "book whore" on the shoulder, then stopped and looked at a few more books on the way out. This is a very popular spot in one of DC best neighborhoods.
Kramer's opened in 1976 and claims to be the first bookstore in America to have a cafe inside. It might also be the first bookstore with a full bar.
DUPONT CIRCLE Area: Brickskeller Inn
Apparently this bar has the world's biggest selection of beers. It also has a cosy relaxed atmosphere and decent food. The staff know a lot about the beers and it was fun picking drinks from the huge menu.
Dress Code: No
- Beer Tasting
DUPONT CIRCLE Area: Buffallo Billiards
We were traveling to DC during the big fight (see my travelouge for details) and we had to find a place where we'd be able to see the fight and also enjoy something to eat.
My babe's only request was to be able to see the fight. I did some research before arriving to DC and very few places were broadcasting the fight live and Buffalo Billiards was one of the few. I put myself on as many guestlists as possible as we weren't about to miss it. We found Buffalo Billiards was the perfect choice for us due to its proximity to the hotel.
We were very pleased with our selection for viewing the fight. Buffalo Billiards has 25 billiard tables (Ferni is a semi-pro), dart boards and shuffleboards it was a fun place to be.
It's huge with some really great bar food. The chicken fingers, fries and nachos were the best I've tried in any bar recently. Our waiter made sure to come by often even thought the bar was jammed, he kept our drinks coming.
As I mentioned above, we were here to see the """DeLa Hoya vs. Mayweather""" fight so the place was packed on a Saturday night. The best part was that they didn't require a cover charge and because of this, the atmosphere was lively and vibrant. We arrived early to play a few rounds of billiards, get a good viewing spot (we had the best in the place) and get something to eat.
With a great selection of beers (even a great Belgium) on tap, a good selection of bar food (the chicken tenders were excellent), you are sure to have a good time with a nice meal at a small cost.
Dress Code: Very casual
DUPONT CIRCLE Area: Dupont- Something for everyone
Dupont Cir really has something for everyone. To not beat around the bush...Dupont=homosexuals/lesbians/gay. If you're homophobic, grow up or at least don't make a big deal of it. You'll see same-sex couples holding hands, making out, sex shops...I love walking around on Valentines Day, its so romantic! This is my area, I live here. Dupont Circle includes the circle (large rotary) with a large water fountain. There is a large grassy area where you can sit and enjoy the sites. Many different streets intersect here, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New hampshire, 19th Street. Also be aware there is a North and South Dupont. South Dupont is more towards the Mall and North Dupont is toward the Zoo. I like South Dupont, especially Conn Ave. I like hole-in-the-wall bars. Some good ones are The Big Hunt and the Lucky Bar. They are pretty near each other. There are also some other bars in this specific area that I really don't go to like 18th Street Lounge. But if you just walk around this area you'll see where people are going. North Dupont has more restaurant options. My favorites are Sette, Raku, Taro Sushi, Teaism. Dupont is close to (a good walk if you're not in heels ladies) Adams Morgan and U Street area.
Dress Code: It depends on where you want to go. If you want the hole in the wall bar where jeans. Some places dont' allow jeans and flip flops. There is no harm in dressing up.
Lucky Bar: Soccer and Suds
The Lucky Bar is a great place to catch live soccer from the Premier League, UEFA Cup, Spanish, Italian leagues and more. When a game is on the place takes on a stadium atmosphere, full of people wearing their teams jerseys and supporter scarves, drinking beer and cheering. Be warned, the place gets very packed during some of the bigger matches.
When the games are not on it is still a great place for cheap beer and food. The food is of the pub fare variety (Try the Nachos) and goes well with the numerous beers they serve. If you are into the late night scene they have DJ's at night (No Cover) spinning anything from Brit Pop to Hip Hop. You can also dance in a makeshift dance area but, the place is more about hanging out and socializing.
Only negatives is it is kinda of narrow so, it can be difficult to move around when crowded. Also, the only bathrooms are at the very back at the top of a stairwell (Watch for falling drunks).
Dress Code: Casual come as you are atmosphere.
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DUPONT CIRCLE Area: Vida -- DuPont Circle
Vida was the best nightclub I have seen in a long time. We went on a Saturday night when you had to have a special pass to enter. The place is pretty big, with bars upstairs and downstairs, along with an outdoor patio. The upstairs also has a dance floor with a DJ, a private VIP lounge, a crowded bar, and another lounge area separated from the bar. The downstairs in more laid back and a great place to drink and chat. The outside area is huge, but it was quiet, and mainly full of couples enjoying time together.
The thing that made Vida most unique was the massive quantity of beautiful well-dressed women!
Dress Code: No blue jeans, t-shirts, or sneakers!
Royal Palace: Looking for a Gentleman's Club?
The Royal Palace, located in the Dupont Circle area, offers excellent, very friendly nude dancers. What's unusual is that there's no cover charge, no minimum, and no pressure to buy drinks. If you enjoy this kind of thing, then by all means check it out.
Dress Code: Casual. Come as you are.
DUPONT CIRCLE Area: Restaurants and Bars, for later in the evening
When you come up out of the Dupont Circle Metro, you've travelled pretty far. Restauranteurs from all corners of the globe have setup shop in old brick rowhouses to ply their trades. Where else but in DC do the scents of Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Russian, French and Italian foods compete with American staples such as McDonalds and Dominoes pizza?
During the day, Dupont Circle is a meeting place for various rallys and for just sitting around on a nice day.
Dupont is also known as a gay-friendly part of town, where everyone is welcome to go out and have a good time. Couple that with the million-dollar condos that every Congressional Representative must have, and you've got quite the eclectic mix that makes D.C. popular among the locals.
Dress Code: Pretty regular American attire -- but slightly dressed up to impress the members of the opposite sex.
DUPONT CIRCLE Area: The Russia House - DuPont Circle
The Russia House is a high-class but cozy bar, lounge, and restaurant at the corner of Connecticut and Florida near Dupont Circle. The bar and lounge are great places to meet your rich friends, if they are buying the drinks. We enjoyed a few authentic Russian and Ukrainian vodkas on the rocks and in martinis. The waiters are mostly Russian (or at least fake a good Russian accent), adding to the atmosphere.
Downstairs is a fancy Russian restaurant with several private alcoves, white table cloths, and plush carpet -- very classy.
Later I found out that the Russia House Organization, which owns the bar and the building is an organization with goals to further economic ties between Russia and the US. See their website for more info.
Dress Code: Shirt and tie is standard, but they let us in with just blue jeans and T-shirts....
The Front Page! This is in...
The Front Page! This is in the Embassy Row section of NW D.C.
Interlocking rooms full of friendly people, great drinks & food at extremely reasonable prices, music, largish t.v. screens with the sound turned low. Excellent & friendly service.
Dress Code: Streetwear of the city variety: slack & jackets, suits, dresses, pantsuits. Nothing starchy but nobody looking ragged either.
Topaz Hotel Bar: Free Standup Comedy Thurs nites at Topaz
Topaz on N street hosts a free standup comedy show in their basement on Thursday nights. After the "real comics", the audience get to come onstage and tell a joke--best joke wins $25 cash
Dress Code: casual
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