Argonaut

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Argonaut
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Argonaut

Gentrified H Street has gone from sketchy to super-cool over the last few years, boasting a fleet of hipster bars offering cut-price cans of PBR and adult entertainment (no, not that kind—think arcade games and pinball). Perched on the end of the H Street strip, the Argonaut is one of its better bar options, with a pretty, spacious terrace outside and regular themed nights (trivia’s on Wednesday, live bluegrass on Thursday). There are 12 draft beers on tap, including the excellent DC Brau, and sample flights of four are available. Thanks to its Metro-unfriendly location, the bar also tends to get less crowded and raucous than other H Street nightlife spots.

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Venue name: Argonaut
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Address: 1433 H St NE
Washington, DC

Cross street: between 14th and 15th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 5pm–2am, Thu 10am–2am, Fri–Sat 10am–3am, Sun 10am–2am
Transport: Metro Center or Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro, then X2 bus
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I absolutely adore the Argonaut. The first I came to the Argonaut was for bluegrass night on Thursdays. I guess this used to happen at SOVA (now H Street Coffeehouse), but the Argonaut took over when SOVA closed. I went alone and had a great time. The Argonaut is a completely laid-back, "dirty" dive restaurant, and I mean that in a good way. You can go upstairs and listen to live music or I think they hold weekly events up there, too. There is bar food like crab soup and $0.25 wings, but there's also stuff like a steamer combo seafood bowl filled with crab legs, prawns, and other awesome things.