728 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Nearby Metro Stops: King Street-Old Town
Many a speakeasy-style bar has popped up since this one cracked open its signless door in 2006, but PX still feels the most civilized. The tiny rooms are chandeliered and salon-like, reservations are all but essential, and there are rules: no standing at the bar or wearing ripped jeans (even if they’re J Brand). But here’s why it’s worth it: Proprietor Todd Thrasher’s drinks are some of the area’s best and weave in unusual elements, from turmeric to tobacco. He’s just as good with classics such as the Manhattan.