Great Bars 2013: Dickson Wine Bar

With poured-concrete floors, candlelight, and a wall of
recycled wine bottles, this sleek space in a former art gallery manages to
feel industrial and cozy at the same time. The wine list is diverse—Pinot
Noir from Patagonia, Riesling from Germany, Chardonnay from Santa
Barbara—and every selection is either organic or biodynamic. Come hungry
if you want to try upmarket versions of Vietnamese bánh mì ($10 to $12);
choose from pork belly, chicken, or rib eye. Insider tip: For good
people-watching, grab a barstool along the third-floor railing—through
large windows, you’ll be able to see the roof-deck revelers at Nellie’s
and the U Street scene below. Open daily.