Great Bars 2013: American Ice Co.

Peeling paint on exposed brick, mounted buck heads, and sloppy barbecue on paper plates meet $5 tall boys of Pabst Blue Ribbon at this hipster locale just off U Street. Prepare for pounding alt rock, a packed room, and a really good time. Beer served in Mason jars is the beverage of choice, but the liquor selection is plentiful and drinks are well mixed. Insider tip: If the crowd indoors is overwhelming, head to the prime patio space—it’s heated and lined with picnic tables. Open daily.