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5 Best Bars in Denver

Denver, the capital and most heavily populated city in the U.S. state of Colorado, is a glorious mountain city, with an elevation of exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, earning it its nickname as the Mile High City.  Denver is a true tourist’s dream, boasting thousands of diverse sites and attractions.  From its miles of mountains and many ski resorts, to its variety of museums to the many landmarks and historic buildings that call this city home, there is always something to do and see when visiting Denver, which was recently voted one of the “happiest and healthiest cities in the country.”

In addition to the scores of things to take in during the day when visiting Denver, the city additionally boasts an incredible nightlife, with hundreds of trendy bars, cocktail lounges and neighborhoods pubs serving up the best in cold beer, wine and tasty libations.  In the following article we will highlight a few of these great drinking establishments, and provide an in-depth description of each locale:  the atmosphere, characteristics, typical crowd and location of each bar, among other pertinent facts.

The Acorn

Located at 3350 Brighton Boulevard, in the downtown section of Denver, the Acorn is a wonderfully popular bar, boasting one of the best panoramic views of the Colorado Rocky Mountain range and all of its glory.  This sister restaurant of the very popular Boulders Oak bar, located just outside of Denver, the Acorn offers one of the most innovative and scrumptious cocktail menus in the city—a menu that uses a variety of different fine spirits, fresh juices and an interesting blend of herbs and spices.

The Acorn also doubles as a fine restaurant, a reputation that the Head Chef Steven Redzukauski takes very serious.  Here the food can only be dubbed as extraordinary, and most of the menu offerings are cooked via its oak wood-fired oven that sits in the middle of the dining area, making for a very unique and interesting dining experience.  All of the entrees and appetizers at the Acorn are designed carefully around the drink menu (and vice-versa); with Redzukauski and Head Bartender Bryan Dayter working closely together to ensure every experience here is a special one.

The Acorn, a comfortable and welcoming bar by any definition, offers a full selection of delicious craft beers, most of which are brewed locally in the Denver area.  The wine list is extensive, and the signature cocktail menu includes all of the classic drinks, as well as some house invented specialties, such as the “Across the Mediterranean”, a delicious blend of Gin Bonal, Contratto Bianca, two different liqueurs and lavender bitters.

The horseshoe-shaped bar at the Acorn, as well as the tables that surround it, are all marble-topped, and the décor includes wooden banquets and walls that are adorned with murals painted by local artists.  The 35-seat outdoor mezzanine, where you’ll get your best view of the mountains in the distance, is fashioned out of old Coca Cola bottles, giving the bar a bit of a quirky, artsy feel.

Roo Bar

Located at 3480 Park Avenue West in the City-Center section of Denver, the popular Roo Bar was formerly located on Fillmore Street, thus breaking a lot of hearts in that area when it closed down to move to its new location.  A comfortable pool hall with true Denver style, the always-crowded Roo Bar is a popular hangout for the city’s younger crowd, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights when the place is really jumping with excitement

The several pool tables at the Roo Bar are surrounded by 50s-style diner booths along the walls, and the long, straight bar has room for about 30 thirsty patrons.  Their signature cocktail list includes an impressive selection of martinis, and the roughly 20 beers on tap, which are rotated regularly, are always ice cold.

In addition to great beer and liquors, the Roo Bar satisfies its guests with a terrific menu of snack-style food, including burgers, dogs, sandwiches, pizza and more.  The bartenders and servers are very friendly, and the atmosphere, much like your typical pool hall, is laidback and amiable.

Fire Terrace at the Art Hotel

One of Denver’s many rooftop bars, the Fire Terrace at the Art Hotel offers some of the best views of the city’s skyline and is a great place to spend a summertime evening with friends.  Although its many offerings of beer, wine and signature cocktails are among the priciest on our list, the service at the Fire Terrace is exemplary, making it well worth the extra cost.

Guests of the aptly-named Fire Terrace Bar can perch upon one of the many semi-private lounge areas the bar boasts, each with its own glowing fire to keep them warm and comfy.  The hotel also boasts a well-maintained collection of amazing art, and guided tours are available for guests of the hotel who wish to learn more about the art’s origins.

Funky Buddha Lounge

Situated at 776 Lincoln Street in downtown Denver, the Funky Buddha Lounge is a bar that truly lives up to its unusual name.  A former dive bar named Romansito’s, the Funky Buddha Lounge now attracts the city’s upscale hipster and baby boomer crowd.  The lounge has a cool design and a minimalist, no-frills décor, and its delectable menu of original cocktails simply cannot be matched in the downtown area.

According to locals in the know, the Funky Buddha Lounge offers one of the best Happy Hours in the city, with half-priced well drinks and draught beer specials from 5:00 to 7:00 PM every Monday through Friday.  This makes it a very popular place to take a date for a pre-dinner drink.  DJs entertain the lounge’s late night crowd with music that spans many different genres, particularly indie and alternative music, as well as some well-known hits from the 1980s.

The Pioneer

Located just yards away from the well-attended University of Denver, the Pioneer is a true college bar that regularly attracts scores of students after a long day/week of studying.  The drinks at the Pioneer, which include a range of tap and bottled beers (foreign, domestic and craft beer) and house-inspired cocktails are reasonably priced, particularly the several flavors of Margaritas they offer, which sell for a mere $4 apiece.  These margaritas pair awesome with the bar’s Mexican-themed menu of eats.

A comprehensive juke box, pool tables, games, and several high-def televisions provide the entertainment at this laidback and unpretentious establishment, and the bartenders and servers, many of whom also attend the local university, are friendly and competent.

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6 Best Bars in Montreal

The most heavily populated city in the Canadian province of Quebec, and the second-most populous city in the entire country (after Toronto), Montreal is a brilliant, clean and very beautiful city that offers a countless number of sights and attractions.

A wonderfully diverse and cosmopolitan metropolis, Montreal was recently named “Canada’s Cultural Capital” by Monocle Magazine, and the city is the undisputed hub for the country’s French-language media and theater industries.   Montreal hosts several cultural events, fairs and music festivals each year, and its nightlife scene is considered one of the best in North America.   This nightlife includes hundreds of great bars, cocktail lounges and nightclubs, all designed to give the Montreal people (and tourists) a place to relax, party and let loose, if only for a while.

In the following article we have shined a light on several of these great Montreal drinking establishments, and provided a brief description of each—a description that includes each bar’s atmosphere and vibe, usual crowd, food and drink offerings, and the amenities/diversions available to customers.

Dieu du Ciel

Situated at 29 Avenue Laurier Quest in Montreal, the bar known as Dieu du Ciel, or “Good Lord” in English, is a quaint, yet exotic bar and lounge that is very popular among local residents.  Although a bit pricey, Dieu du Ciel offers a full menu of house microbrews, domestics and unusual imported beer selections, from stouts that are infused with chocolate malts to spicy red ales with peppercorn accents.

The interior of Dieu du Ciel is sleek and sophisticated, and the well-dressed bartenders rarely miss a drink order (in English or French).  The signature cocktail menu is as exotic as the selection of microbrews, including their Aphrodisiac Cocktails, whose ingredients are mainly secret, yet no less delicious.

Whiskey Café

Attracting a mostly affluent collection of local clientele, the Whiskey Café is an upscale and classy drinking establishment that should definitely be experienced at least once.  At the Whiskey Café, it’s very rare to see people actually gathered at the bar, but rather perched in the high-back and very comfortable arm chairs that populate the bar, taking advantage of table service, some great reading material and perhaps even a rich, dark Cohiba cigar.  Top Shelf spirits and aged wine are available for customers to sip on, including over 100 varieties of single malt whiskey and scotch.

The stark, yet tasteful bar provides a guest book in which patrons are free to sign in as they enter, and a car service will take you home should you find yourself too inebriated to safely drive.  There is also a wonderful café adjacent to the bar, from which many customers order caviar to go along with their libation (s).

Dominion Square Tavern

Located at 1243 Rue Metcalfe, in the heart of downtown Montreal, the Dominion Square Tavern is perhaps the antithesis of the Whiskey Café—a laidback hotspot with affordable drink and grub prices and a simple, welcoming décor.  Modeled after a Prohibition-style saloon, the tavern, which is situated just one street away from the decadent temptations of St, Catherine’s Street, boasts nearly 40 varieties of draft beer and ale, and a food menu that includes a number of the French-styled snack foods that are so popular around Montreal.

The Dominion Square Tavern has a long, wooden bar, behind which the two bartenders effortlessly mix up the drink orders that are shouted over the loud jukebox music.  Absinthe fountains are perched on the tables that surround the bar, so be careful—just a couple sips of this potent liqueur can go a long way.

Stereo

A great bar by evening, which transitions into a chic after-hours club come to 2 AM, Stereo is one of the trendiest nightspots in the city, located on the aforementioned Saint Catharine Street.  Recently named one of the Top Ten nightclubs in the world by Muzik Magazine, Stereo boasts a state-of-the-art sound system and amazing swivel lighting, which together keep happy revelers dancing into the light of the day.  On weekend nights, live performers take the stage as the dancers cheer them on; and on the more subdued weekday nights, DJ-spun tunes and jukebox music is always blaring.

The drinks at Stereo include a full lineup of foreign and domestic beer, and a refreshing array of house-invented cocktails that are always fresh and fruity.

La Distillerie

Located at 300 Rue Ontario East, La Distillerie, or “the Distillery,” has a well-known reputation for cocktails that are both large and extremely potent, not to mention fairly reasonably priced.  This combination makes it a very popular spot among the city of Montreal’s younger crowd—a group that has perhaps yet to learn their limits.

Both beer and cocktails at La Distillerie are served by the liter (if requested); most in an old Mason jar that is representative of the 1920s.  The décor at the bar is glitzy and bright, with both gold and silver accents spread throughout the space.  No (main) food service is offered at this bar and nightclub, but there are peanuts and goldfish crackers to nosh on while you sip your favorite drink.

Tokyo

Modeled after some of the bar’s in its namesake city in Japan, the Tokyo Bar is a split-level bar and dance club that truly comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights after 10:00 PM.  The small, yet posh club, located in Montreal’s Saint Laurent District, was recently renovated to reflect some of the modern trends in the city.  The main room hosts a bar that resembles an old-time saloon, with walk-up service to the long wooden bar and a spattering of rustic tables and benches dispersed neatly around the room.  The upstairs area of the tavern is home to a stage area, DJ booth and a fairly small dance floor that is usually jam-packed.  The music genres featured at the bar range from rock to indie to hip hop tunes, and the live music is performed mostly by local acts, although occasionally a touring group will stop in for a set or two.

The drink menu is very diverse at the Tokyo Bar, ranging from bottled and draught beer, to fruity cocktails to martinis, of which there are over 80 varieties.

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5 Best Bars in Dublin

The capital and largest city in Ireland, Dublin, which is also the capital of the province of Leinster, is located on the country’s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.  The city, which boasts a population of nearly 1.4 million permanent residents, is unique in that it incorporates all the history and traditions of the Old Country, mixed with its modern infrastructure and architecture, to create a truly diverse city that is loved by its people.

With ancient structures like the Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral leading the way, Dublin has remained a popular tourist destination for centuries, drawing millions of people each year from across the globe, some coming to learn about their Irish heritage and others merely enthralled with the Irish culture.

Speaking of culture, drinking and bars are a big part of Dublin’s identity, and the city is by far the country’s busiest nightlife destination, boasting hundreds of pubs, bars, lounges and other nighttime hotspots within the city limits—haunts that are always packed to the gills, particularly on weekends and on important “drinking holidays,” such as St. Patrick’s Day.

In the following article we will highlight several of the best and brightest drinking establishments in the city of Dublin, including a cursory description of each locale’s drink and grub offerings; amenities; and the typical crowd and atmosphere you’re likely to find at each bar.

Odeon

Located at 57 Harcourt Street in the Dublin City Center, Odeon is NOT your traditional Irish pub.  Recently reopened after a fairly extensive remodel, Odeon is a superbly lavish and plush drinking locale, sporting dark curtains and Old World lampshades that emit a warm and romantic glow throughout the bar and restaurant areas.

The Odeon Bar serves up all the traditional libations—beer, wine and spirits—and their in-house-inspired medley of cocktails is truly special and satisfying.  Among the many original concoctions you will find here are the Spiced Mojito, a combination of cardamom-infused Cuban spiced rum and fresh lime juice, topped with mint and spiced pineapple; the Guy Fawkes, made with gunpowder tea-infused gin and a blackberry truffle; and their own special take on the Manhattan, with house-made truffle bitters to give it a wonderful smoky taste. The bar even has an impressive cache of dessert drinks, including their Edible Collins (made with gin and jelly) and an array of Hot and Cold Cosmopolitans.

Soft jazz and blues music is piped into the bar over a great sound system at this dress-to-impress bar—a wonderful place for an anniversary dinner and cocktail.

The Garage Bar

Located in the Temple Bar community of Dublin, the Garage Bar is a laidback establishment with over 50 varieties of draught beer on tap, including the ever so popular Guinness Ale.   A bit of a departure from some of the other cookie-cutter style Irish pubs in the city, the Garage Bar, which is located on Essex Street, boasts an open floor plan and furnishings that seem more suitable for a mechanic’s shop than a bar.  Here you will find vintage 1950s gas pumps scattered throughout the space, a bar front fashioned from all car doors, sawdust floors and seating around old wooden tables with a tire base.

The unique décor is not the only thing that drives waves of customers to this fun drinking establishment.  The Garage Bar features great prices on pitchers of beer and reasonably priced cocktails that are mixed fresh and ably by the friendly bartenders.  Great music is always pumping out of the bar’s jukebox, and the two pool tables at the back of the club are always bustling with happy partiers.

37 Dawson Street

Formerly known as Ron Black’s, 37 Dawson Street is a lively and ritzy lounge, a space that boasts more than its fair share of antiques, and accents that include decorative curtains, custom-made sofas, a roaring fireplace and animal heads adorning the walls.  There are four separate and unique areas in this light-filled and very large bar, each with its own personality.  In one room you are likely to find antique bookshelves packed with first-edition scripts, only to find a neon-based dance floor and DJ booth in the next,

The drink menu at 37 Dawson Street is extensive and delicious, and while most customers are known to sip on wine and classic cocktails, others turn to the signature menu of libations, such as their No. 37 Bloody Mary, a mixture of Absolut Vodka, tomato juice and an amazing combination of eleven different spices, condiments and juices.  One of the four distinct rooms, known as the Whiskey Bar, has a separate entrance and seating area, where patrons can sample over a 100 different varieties of whiskey while relaxing on comfy leather sofas that will melt away the worries of the day.

The Black Sheep

With a name indicative of a true Irish pub, the Black Sheep, located on Capel Street in Dublin’s City Centre District, is the sister bar to Camden Street’s Against the Grain pub.  The Black Sheep has a rustic vibe and atmosphere, punctuated with wide wooden tables and a range of fun board games stashed away for a competitive game night among friends.

The Black Sheep is the type of place where the clientele may stay for hours to enjoy the great beer, wine and terrific food—an Irish-inspired menu of snacks, appetizers and calorie-packed comfort meals.  There are over 100 craft beers on tap at the Black Sheep, making it one of the preferred destinations for beer and ale aficionados in the city, of which there are many.

The Rum Bar

Also located in the city’s downtown quarter, the Rum Bar is the place to go for the sweet island liquor from which it takes its name, as the bar carries more than 100 different varieties of rum from around the world.

The Rum Bar, which boasts a rather relaxed atmosphere and a speakeasy-type feel, is packed most nights of the week during happy hour, mostly with the city’s working class, but it also hosts a much younger crowd into the late-night hours, when the music starts pumping and straight-up shots become the most popular order.

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5 Best Bars in Dallas

The second-largest city in the enormous state of Texas (after Houston) and the fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the United States, Dallas is one of the state’s most recognized cities and a popular tourist stop among travelers around the globe.  In addition to boasting thousands of things to do and see, Dallas is home to an amazing nightlife, marked by the literally hundreds of bars, pubs, and live music venues that call this city home.

Home to countless museums, the NFL’s emblematic Dallas Cowboys, and scores of national and federal landmarks, Dallas is truly a sightseer’s paradise.  And after a long day on the tourism trail, the city and its many bars have just the right recipe to help you relax and chill out.  To illustrate this point, below we will introduce you to several of the finest drinking locales in the city, and describe for you the type of environment, vibe and décor boasted by each club, as well as their respective food and drink selections, and some of the amenities at each bar, such as music, games and other diversions.

Ten Bells

 Located at 232 W. 7th Street, in the Bishop’s Arts District of Dallas, Ten Bells is a relaxed bar that is modeled after the pubs in jolly old England.  The bar, which takes its name from a similarly named establishment in London’s eastern quarter, is rather small in size, has an awesome selection of draught beers and British ales, and its UK-styled food menu consists of a number of English favorites, including fish and chips, bangers and mash, pickled eggs, and the oft-ordered Ten Bells Butty, a massive, diet-unfriendly plate of chips, cheddar cheese and bread.  The bar also serves up some southern style sandwiches like po’boys, racks of ribs, fiery chicken wings and one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches you’ll ever hang a lip over.

The bartenders at Ten Bells are casually dressed and experts at what they do, serving up a full range of classic and signature cocktails to go along with the ice-cold beer.  In addition to the bar area, this popular pub boasts a fairly large outdoor patio section that looks out onto the very busy 7th street, and its small stage area occasionally hosts live musical performances spanning a number of different genres.  A great place to hang out with friends—and an amazing spot for a fully-loaded Sunday brunch—Ten Bells is a must-see bar when visiting the Dallas area.

Ill Minster Pub

The Ill Minster Pub, located in Dallas’ bustling Uptown sector, is a laid back cocktail lounge with plush, comfortable furnishings and a swanky décor.  Owned by the same collective that runs the popular Dallas bars Truth and Alibi, the pub carries a great menu of inventive cocktails and an extensive lineup of local, national and international craft beers and spirits.

Located directly next door to the great restaurant known as the Uptown Urban Market, the bar is a great place to take a date for a pre-dinner drink.  The well drinks are only $4 during the bar’s extended Monday through Friday Happy Hour, which runs from 4 PM until 6:00 PM, and then again from 9 PM until 11 PM.

Victor Tangos

Situated at 3001 N. Henderson Avenue, Victor Tangos is considered by some to be the best overall bar in Dallas.  The amiable cocktail lounge and restaurant boasts a city-chic décor, with unadorned brick walls, high-beamed ceilings, a marble-topped bar and plush leather booths and sofas.  The bartenders at Victor Tangos, which specializes in old-school cocktail creations and a seemingly unlimited selection of craft microbrews, are excellent mixologists, and the servers are friendly and very conscientious.

If you’re looking for some tasty grub to help soak up the great libations offered here, Victor Tango’s definitely has you covered.  Their appetizer menu is similar to what you might find in a Madrid tapas bar, with offerings that include tuna nachos, lobster sliders and a killer shrimp cocktail.

Victor Tango’s is a great place to go with a date or with friends when you’re craving food and drink that is way above the norm, in a place with a no-frills atmosphere and friendly, upscale vibe.

Drugstore Cowboy

Located in the busy Deep Ellum quarter of Dallas, the Drugstore Cowboy is a unique establishment that doubles as a coffee bar by day and cocktail lounge by night, making it very popular among the city’s younger crowd, particularly college students taking advantage of the locale’s free Wi-Fi.

The Drugstore Cowboy offers a full bar of well and Top Shelf liquors and liqueurs, but it’s especially famous throughout town for its awesome selection of bourbons and whiskeys, which are regularly paired with a variety of cheese plates.  Cold beer, foreign, domestic, and craft brews, is available both on tap and in the bottle, and their limited selection of house invented cocktails includes the “Corpse Reviver,” a unique twist on the classic Bloody Mary.

The Foundry

One of the most crowded bars in Dallas, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights, the Foundry is a bustling, pulsating bar/nightclub that should definitely be experienced when visiting Dallas.  Located at 2303 Pittman Street, in the Oak Cliff section of the city, this fun and entertaining bar is buzzing seven nights a week, and is populated primarily by Dallas’ younger working crowd and students from the nearby university.

Known as a great place to hang out with friends, the Foundry boasts a laidback atmosphere and a simple no-nonsense décor.  The long bar has seating for over 40 guests, and the many high-backed chairs and tables are always full.  A large stage area hosts a DJ booth and dance floor at the Foundry, which also hosts live music shows and open mic sessions about once a month.

The bar area of the Foundry is made up of enormous storage containers providing sheltered seating, and the large patio area, dotted with over a dozen wooden picnic tables and benches, is a perfect oasis on a warm summer night.

As you might guess for a bar that caters to the younger crowd, the Foundry offers affordable beer (including 30 different types of craft microbrews) and cocktails, and their inventive menu of signature drinks and shots will quickly put you in a partying mood.  No food is available at the Foundry itself, but the tasty and mostly take-out restaurant known as Chicken Scratch, which is located directly next door to the bar, is happy to deliver.

A great place for a weekend date, birthday party or a quiet game of billiards with a friend, the Foundry is one of Dallas’ best bets regardless of the day or season.

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5 Best Bars in D.C.

Washington D.C., formerly known as the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or merely D.C., is the capital city of the United States and one of the most emblematic cities in the world.

Needless to say, Washington D.C. is a city that hosts hundreds of amazing sights and attractions, so many, in fact, that it would be impossible to see them all in a single stay.  From the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, to the Smithsonian Institute Museum, to the Capitol Building and the White House, home of the president of the United States, Washington D.C. is a city jam-packed with must-see attractions, making it one of the world’s hotbeds for national and international tourism.

And while Washington D.C. is always bustling with locals and tourists by day, it is equally busy come nightfall, when many thirsty sightseers head out to sample some of the city’s amazing restaurants, bars and cocktail lounges, of which there are hundreds.  In the following piece, we will introduce you to just a handful of these popular bars, pubs, and lounges, and provide a description of each destination, including the drink and food menu available at each location, the usual crowd that populates them, and the various amenities that make each so popular among locals and tourists.

The Round Robin

Located near the White House and Capitol Hill, at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Round Robin is a bar located within the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, which regularly hosts important dignitaries from around the globe.  The bar offers a full medley of classic cocktails and an impressive wine list longer than your arm.

The Round Robin is also a very iconic drinking establishment, one that is filled with history and lore.  American literary figures Walt Whitman and Mark Twain are said to have tipped a few drinks at the Round Robin, which is also where the famous U.S. and Kentucky statesman Henry Clay concocted the world’s first Mint Julep, now the drink of choice at the renowned Kentucky Derby horse race.

Wisdom

Located just blocks away from the presidential mansion, at 1432 Pennsylvania Avenue, the bar known as Wisdom is generally considered one of the best free-standing (not a hotel bar) cocktail lounges on Capitol Hill—a place where it is not uncommon to see Congressman and Senators hashing out a deal over drinks.

A very swanky cocktail lounge, the most popular order at Wisdom is gin, served either as a martini or mixed with refreshing tonic.  This is not surprising, as the bar is closely affiliated with the Philadelphia gin producer Blue Coat Gin.  In addition to gin-based drinks and other classic creations, the bar offers a very inventive menu of fruity cocktails, including their Pears of Wisdom, made with pear and elderflower liqueurs; the absinthe-based Captain Jack’s Green Sparrow, and the cucumber vodka and sake-based Saketini.

The bar menu includes some tasty and original snacks, including Boozy Bacon Waffles and a variety of outstanding sandwiches made fresh to order.

Chi-Cha Lounge

As you might infer from the name, the Chi-Cha Lounge is a Latin-themed bar modeled almost exactly after a real Mexican Hacienda—a hacienda once owned by the bar’s owner Mauricio Fraga’s grandmother.  The lounge, which is located at 1624 West U Street in the Dupont Circle region of Washington D.C., is known for its great Latin jazz music and comfortable furnishings that allow patrons to relax and stretch out.

The drink selections at the Chi-Cha Lounge include a variety of bottled beer from around the world, including an unprecedented selection of Mexican and Latin American brews, as well as a comprehensive array of great spirits and liqueurs, most notably the over 50 tequilas that are very popular here.  The signature cocktail at the bar is the red or white Chi-Cha, made with a (secret and unnamed) Latin American spirit and fresh fruit ranging from kiwi to pineapple.

The décor at the Chi-Cha Lounge is much like you would find at a classic Mexican restaurant and bar, and the atmosphere is friendly and lively, punctuated by Bolivian and Peruvian folk tunes playing softly over the wonderful sound system.

Zaytina

One of the most well-loved and oft-visited bars in the Northwestern part of Washington D.C., Zaytina is a Mediterranean-style restaurant and bar, with a drink and food menu inspired by that of Turkey, Lebanon and (mostly) Greece. Opened in 2002, the bar has gained rapidly in popularity over the years, thanks in large part to its delicious drinks, scrumptious fare and exemplary service.

The bar at Zaytina is a big part of the establishment’s success, and many patrons are known to forego the table service and opt instead for one of the tasty appetizers served right at the bar, such as the Lebanese French Toast or the Spinach Calamari.  The drink menu is highly original and relies heavily on Mediterranean liquors and liqueurs, including the Greek spirit known as Ouzo.  When you’re here, make sure to try the very popular Harissa Fizz, a refreshing concoction made with Silver tequila, house-made Harissa, ginger liqueur, lemon soda and lime juice.

POV Lounge

Situated at 515 15th Street in Washington’s City Center, the POV Lounge is located on the rooftop of the W Hotel (a popular chain with locations in several major cities), which was formerly known as the Washington Hotel.  The POV Lounge, located 14 floors above the city’s skyline, offers one of the best views of the city, and directly overlooks one of the most symbolic and significant residences on the planet: the White House.

Inside the plush POV Lounge, which provides both indoor and outdoor seating, you’ll find a décor dominated by deep-scarlet furnishings and accents, giving it an almost regal or royal vibe.  The pricey bar is populated mostly with hotel guests and some of Washington’s elite, discussing politics and policy as they sip on one of the bar’s classic drinks.  In addition to offering all of the standard spirits and concoctions, the POV Lounge also boasts a novel menu of house-invented cocktails, such as their French Reception, a champagne cocktail, and the always tempting Rock and Rye, made with the finest whiskey and rum.

The food menu at the POV lounge is Asian-inspired and truly delicious, including snacks such as pepper-rubbed beef skewers, bite-sized egg rolls, and samosas.  Every Sunday, the lounge hosts a scrumptious Sunday Brunch, complete with pitchers of mimosas that pair nicely with the Eggs Benedict and Lobster Rolls.

Washington DC cityscape by tpsdave/Pixabay CC0 license

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