’s visit to Washington, DC (Part 2)’s visit to Washington, DC (Part 2).

The second part of the Washington bar tour began in the Foggy Bottom section of the District, only a few blocks away from where part 1 ended.  It was another fun night and further confirmation that bar hopping in Washington is getting close to rivaling a pub crawl in NYC.

6:55pm – Elephant & Castle – Located at the northwest corner of 19th and I streets, this is the second D.C. location of the English style pub chain.  A lively bar scene, along with a spacious eating area, it is a good happy hour spot for the K Street crowd and the nearby law firms.  With 18 beers on tap and some quality bar food, Elephant & Castle is a key starting point for bar hopping in Foggy Bottom.

7:30PM – 19th – Across the street from Elephant & Castle, on the southwest corner of the same intersection, this bar looks good from the outside, but doesn’t quite fit the space in which it resides.  Floor to ceiling windows and the corner location appear very promising.  The place holds a crowd that is a mix of nearby GWU students and some young K Street professionals.  On the weekends, it appears that the venue changes into a clubby atmosphere by clearing out a section of tables and chairs in exchange for a dance floor and DJ.

8:05pm – Froggy Bottom Pub – Ahh, memories of a good old-fashioned college dive bar!  A bi-level establishment, with the main bar on the basement level, this bar is known for its nightly cheap drink specials.  A pool table in the middle of the main bar area, Froggy Bottom serves a food menu of burgers, pizza and subs.

8:45pm – McFadden’s – At the District’s location of this regional Irish pub chain, a bi-level pub, most of the action takes place on the basement level.  The bar has 12 taps, including some hard-to-find beers.  It is a known hangout for D.C. kickball.  The non-kickball crowd is mainly a mix of GW students and recent college graduates.

9:30pm – 51st State – This is a New York hangout on the border of Foggy Bottom and Georgetown.  The establishment boasts four New York beers on tap (out of 16 total taps), including Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn Brown Ale!  Yankees stickers and Yankees pennants abound, this spot can definitely make a transplant from the Tri-state area feel right at home!

10:15pm – Marshall’s – This place is two doors west of 51st State.  According to our guide, it’s a late night spot that is a service industry hangout.  Like other spots in Foggy Bottom, Marshall’s is bi-level, with the bar on the second floor and a restaurant (of sorts) on the first floor.

After leaving Marshall’s, our guide previewed’s bar tour of Georgetown to take place during the next visit to Washington, DC.  How did you like part 2 of the Washington tour?  Please feel free to comment.  Looking forward to hearing your feedback.

2 thoughts on “’s visit to Washington, DC (Part 2)

  1. McFadden’s is a notorious GW hangout that can get rowdy like only a college bar can. If you dont want to see undergrads getting tossed for trying to dance on the bar, you should avoid McFadden’s on weekends and late at night.

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