Bar Pilar

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Bar Pilar
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Bar Pilar

The younger and less popular sister of Café Saint-Ex, Bar Pilar is affectionately referred to as a dive bar, dressed up. The vibe is intimate, with just 38 seats, and the low-key attractions include bacon bloody marys at brunch (sort of a liquefied BLT, hold the lettuce) and a kitschy photo booth.


Venue name: Bar Pilar
Address: 1833 14th St NW
Washington, DC

Cross street: between S and T Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5pm–1:30am, Fri 5pm-2:30am, Sat 11am-2:30am, Sun 11am-1:30am
Transport: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro
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Bar Pilar posted up in Logan Circle before many of the new-comers, and it manages to still attract a crowd. It's the kind of friendly place for brunch, dinner, drinks, or any other time of day that every neighborhood wishes it had. 

Inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Bar Pilar is one of those DC institutions that feels like it's been on 14th Street forever. Sure, it predates many of the new hip spots in the area, but it's still relevant, with great cocktails and perfect chicken liver pate, slathered on grilled bread.