by AustinKaytes - 25 Reviews - 18 List
North of Pennsylvania Avenue and halfway between the White House and U.S. Capitol lies the neighborhood of Penn Quarter--nearly indiscernible from a decade ago with its new developments, revitalized real estate and hot bar and club scene. Bustling with businessmen and museum-goers by day, Penn Quarter sizzles by night--it's home to some badass bars, authentic pubs and high-energy clubs perfect for getting pickled. Check out our list of Penn Quarter bars for our favorites. (Pictured: Fado Irish Pub)
Updated: August 19, 2010
A pub-crawler's dream, this large, warmly lit Irish pub is a favorite with the young, happy hour crowd. The bar is packed by 9pm on weekends, and, as it's just a block from the Verizon Center, before Capitals and Wizards games as well. Expect classic ?Irish Hospitality"--no sucking up here!
RFD (an acronym for Regional Food and Drink) should really be called B-E-E-R--the bar boasts 30 beers on tap and 300-plus bottled beers from around the globe. Fitting with the theme, a solid pub grub bar menu features cuisine a la biere--foods prepared with beer.
Bar 7's free (!) open bar every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday draws in a booze-motivated crowd from 5pm to 7pm. Outside of those hours, expect a young, attractive mix of hipsters and young professionals at this Penn Quarter bar and lounge, where everyone dresses to impress.
?Unpretentious? best describes this sub street-level bar--a remarkable reputation considering its location across from the Verizon Center. With well-priced drink options ($3 PBR cans and $4 Miller Lite pints), Rocket Bar is also one of the cheapest Penn Quarter billiards bars. You'll save on food, too--Rocket Bar lets you bring your own carryout.
This four-level booty-shakin? club feels a little like D.C. and a lot like Cancun with its hard-partying vibe. Hop from floor to floor to mix up the music--hear local DJs in the basement, Top 40 and Latin beats on the main floor and mezzanine, and rap in the bedroom-themed VIP lounge, Chroma.
Not a ?biker bar? per se--no black leather and bandana dress code here--the Iron Horse does nod to old-school, open-road motorcycle culture with 1970s Honda and Thunderbird bikes suspended mid-air and vintage bike ads as wallpaper. Sample some of the bar's 20 bourbons; then go hog wild playing Skee-Ball and shuffleboard downstairs.