1847 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
French art-deco-era posters with aviation and travel motifs give this corner-rowhouse bistro a Parisian feel. There’s not much wiggle room once the petite bar gets packed, but Gate 54, the basement-level lounge, offers ample space to dance, and a DJ spins every night starting at 10. Consider sampling the seasonally minded menu (think fried-green-tomato BLTs and steamed mussels) before imbibing—almost half the brews here contain more than the normal 5 percent alcohol.