American Ice Co.
917 V St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo, Shaw-Howard University
Scene: Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
5 to 7.
Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
This effortlessly cool beer-and-barbecue joint gets our vote for best new bar. Before opening the thick metal door, you walk through a walled-in outdoor patio with large communal tables. Inside the space—a former industrial warehouse—are brick walls, concrete floors, and flickering candles on wooden tables. Metal barstools look as if they belong in a woodworker’s shop. Craft beers such as Goose Island 312 and Smuttynose Brown are served in Mason jars. There’s also a handful of wines by the glass and a full bar. And, as at any good barbecue spot, the food comes on paper plates.