DC has no shortage of places trying for a "neighborhood" feel, but Daniel O'Brien and Ali Bagheri's quirky A&D comes pretty close to nailing it. The narrow front room is dominated by a bar at which you can order well-crafted cocktails, many made with local spirits including Green Hat Gin and Catoctin Creek rye; the larger back room offers tables and waiter service. There's no real food menu to speak of, save snacks such as nuts or caramel popcorn and movie theater–style candy, but those with more of an appetite can bring in sandwiches from Sundevich around the corner, owned by the same duo. While drinks are perhaps pricier than the neighborhood vibe would suggest (many are more than $10), weekday happy hour from 5 to 7 offers $4 tallboys and $5 drafts and glasses of wine. If you're looking for a tasty drink in a laid-back atmosphere, this is a solid bet.
1314 Ninth Street, NW
|Cross street:||at Naylor Ct NW|
|Opening hours:||5pm–1am Mon–Thu; 5pm–2am Fri, Sat; closed Sun|
|Transport:||Mount Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro|
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I've sipped robust, red Negronis at A&D while it's poured outside, and I was happy as a clam. This is such a cozy little neighborhood bar, and the bartenders are down-to-earth. There’s a big front window and the front room with just a bar, and then there’s a big room with table in the back. At A7D you can order small, comforting plates like mac and cheese, pickled eggs and cornbread. ALSO, you can get a sandwich from Sundevich in the alley way right next to it, and you're welcome to bring it into the bar and eat it. It's a great place for after-work plans.