Great Bars 2011: Napoleon Bistro & Lounge

While red-and-black walls, gold-framed mirrors, and crystal chandeliers add a flashy air of glamour to this bar and restaurant in Adams Morgan, half-off Champagne cocktails, wine, and appetizers during happy hour (5 to 8 daily) make for a wallet-friendly date spot. Try a Bellini (Champagne and peach purée) or a French 75 (gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and syrup). The bar menu includes hearty sliders with shoestring onion rings and gooey ham-and-cheese croquettes. On weekends, the Champagne bar and lounge downstairs turns into a busy dance space.

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