Georgetown might be D.C.'s oldest neighborhood, but it still knows how to party. You’ll find everything from piano bars to college haunts and waterfront patio bars in this charming area, anchored by the shopping destination M Street. If you're looking for a drink and a fun night out, read on for a guide to Georgetown's best bars and entertainment venues.
Clyde's first restaurant opened in Georgetown in 1963, and since then, Clyde's locations have spread across the D.C. area. The Georgetown restaurant and bar is a busy gathering place in the neighborhood, serving casual food and drinks that are bound to please a crowd. The original saloon also includes a popular back bar area decorated with vintage railroad posters.
Located right next to the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. on M Street, ENO Wine Bar offers glasses starting under $10 and wine flights at around $20. The wine bar's space is charming with exposed brick and dramatic bottle storage. If you're hungry, there are local charcuterie and chocolate pairings too.
Located in an 18th-century red brick carriage house in the heart of Georgetown, this jazz supper club is the oldest continuing club in the country. Internationally renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan have played here. Drink in the history at the bar when you catch a ticketed performance here.
Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons hotel is known for its burgers and steak (obviously), but the cocktails here are top-notch too. Head bartender Torrence Swain constantly switches up the cocktail menu with the seasons. In addition to Bourbon Steak's handsome dining room, there's a lovely patio here too that would be perfect for a tiki drink.
One of the newest bars in Georgetown, Church Hall is a giant beer hall with over 30 rotating draft brews along with draft cocktails, wine, and alcoholic slushies. There's a self-service option, so you can grab a beer fast. To find Church Hall, head to "Georgetown Park" sign near the Frye shoe store and walk down the staircase to the first door on your right.
Gather around the cherry red piano and sing along at Georgetown Piano Bar on M Street, which offers music and live entertainment every night of the week. There's also a well-priced happy hour until 7 p.m. daily, with a dollar off beer, $5 house wines, and $3.50 rail drinks.
There are two very different drinking options at luxury hotel The Graham Georgetown: head up to the rooftop for craft cocktails with a 360-degree view of Georgetown and the Potomac River. Or go downstairs to the impeccably decorated The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy, and snag tickets to Speakeasy Jazz Nights at The Alex, which is held every Saturday night.
Walk down to K Street near the river to find this live music venue located under the Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown. Local, regional, and national performers—particularly Americana acts—make their way to the intimate, unpretentious Gypsy Sally's. The venue offers a full bar with regional craft beers, select wines, and liquor.
The historic family-owned restaurant and bar is a Georgetown institution that dates back to 1933. The restaurant's storied history includes visits from every president from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush, who all dined and drank here before they entered the Oval Office. In fact, ask to be seated at the Proposal Booth where Senator John F. Kennedy popped the question to Jackie in 1953.
With over 55 years in the neighborhood, and originally located on M Street, Mr. Smith's moved down to K Street by the waterfront on 2014, and it continues to be one of the favorite local spots for great food, sing-along Piano Bar, and special events. Mr. Smith's new location was the meeting place for infamous spy Aldrick Ames and his Russian handlers in the late 80s, which became one of the most notorious cases of espionage in the USA to date.
Nick's is busy during the summer months, thanks to its expansive patio on the Georgetown waterfront with views of the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center, and the Key Bridge. The restaurant at the Washington Harbour serves American fare, steaks, authentic pasta dishes, and seafood.
This local pizza chain just added a game room to Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown in January 2018. Paradiso Game Room is located in the basement and is outfitted with arcade games, a jukebox, and an extensive canned beer menu with over 50 selections of cans. The restaurant is known for its beer list, and it only carries brews from independently owned and operated breweries.
The restaurant and bar offers stunning views of the Georgetown Waterfront and is extremely popular with tourists (especially because of its outdoor patio). The huge restaurant is also popular as an event venue and underwent a renovation in 2017 and now boasts contemporary art on display throughout the space. The drinks list is equally massive, with craft cocktails, wine, beer, liquor, and mocktails.
Belgian beer fans should hightail it to the Sovereign, which features 50 drafts and more than 350 bottles. The clubby, wood-paneled space is decked out like a beer hall upstairs. It also offers a lengthy list of European wines and a menu that includes Belgian fare like mussels and crispy flatbreads.
The Tombs is an institution for Georgetown University students. This underground bar dates back to 1962, and it's covered with historic Hoyas photos and paraphernalia. Stop by after walking around Georgetown's beautiful campus for a pitcher of beer and a burger. Or really soak up the scene by ordering off the bar's late-night menu stocked with mozzarella sticks and nachos.