Showtime is One of Esquire’s Best Bars in America

Forget what Yelpers think--Showtime is one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Photograph via Showtime Twitter

Showtime Lounge may seem like an unassuming neighborhood bar with its cash-only policy and ample National Bohemian, but the watering hole gained some serious national cred thanks to Esquire magazine, which named the Bloomingdale bar among its 18 Best Bars in America. Drinks correspondent David Wondrich fancies the divey spot for many of the same reasons the many regulars do: the awesome jukebox.

Soul, R&B, funk, jazz: If those words don’t appeal to you and the thought of drinking five-dollar shot-and-beer specials in the company of soul fanatics exerts no magnetic pull on you, go elsewhere,” writes Wondrich.

Wondrich is a fan of drinking in DC; his 2013 guide included six great Washington bars. Needless to say, the Showtime crew is psyched.


Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.