When the temperature starts to dip, like its set to this weekend, I crave dark beer, bourbon or a deep red wine in a dark, cozy setting. Call me crazy but each elicits a warming nostalgia that when coupled with a yummy dinner and a cozy boyfriend sweater (or for that matter, a boyfriend), it’s a winning fall combination. So if you’re like me, don’t miss my Famous 5 picks for fabulous fall bars for those colder afternoons and evenings. Enjoy!
Rustico – whether you want wine or a sampling from more than 250 different types of ales, lagers, ciders and stouts, this Alexandria neighborhood spot does not disappoint. Great food only adds to the experience.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon – new to the DC scene, this venue has become known for its expansive rooftop deck and dining room/bar that offers more than 700 kinds of Scotch and bourbon.
Gibson – offering some of the most interesting cocktails in DC, this pseudo-speakeasy from the owners of the neighboring Marvin (and 18th St Lounge) is a do-not-miss. Grab a buddy and a reservation and make a night of it!
Round Robin Bar – known for its famously delectable Mint Juleps and Scotch bar, this DC establishment has been dispensing libations to the power movers and the social elite since the days of Abraham Lincoln.
Birch and Barley and Churchkey – after several visits, I still can’t get enough of the massive beer selection at this multi-level restaurant/bar that offers 50 drafts that rotate constantly plus 500 bottles and traditional English-style cask ales.
Honorables: Marvin, Smith Commons, Iron Horse, Bourbon Steak, Shelley’s Back Room, Morton’s, Little Miss Whiskey’s, Tabard Inn, The Passenger, Brasserie Beck, Lyon Hall, Queen Vic, American Ice Company
FamousDC thanks Nightlife Correspondent @BlairDC for sharing her favorite fall bars.