Great Bars 2011: Marvin

Maybe it’s the cozy bistro seating. Or the impeccably dressed staff. But more than three years after opening, Marvin remains the undisputed cool kid of the U Street bar scene. An homage to Marvin Gaye’s self-imposed exile in Europe, the bar offers a lengthy list of Belgian beers and serves up crowd-pleasing dishes such as chicken and waffles. The spacious outside deck, which gets jammed in spring and summer, is the closest you’ll come to experiencing a Brooklyn rooftop party in DC.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.