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These days, the best bars in DC are even more popular destinations than usual.
From fabulously gimmicky destinations like José Andrés’s “cocktail lab” Barmini to ultra-old-school haunts shaking up solid classic drinks like Downtown's Old Ebbitt Grill, the scene is a varied one—as it should be. The city is filled with craft beer drinkers, wine lovers and cocktail aficionados, so there is room for all sorts of establishments to occupy the capital's imbibing network.
Fun fact, before you get drinking: because DC technically isn't a state, locals enjoy certain alcohol-related loopholes that aren't found in other parts of the country. For example, all local restaurants and bars can purchase their liquor stock directly from distilleries and breweries, cutting out the wholesale middleman that functions as a distributor in other states. A win for mom-and-pop breweries indeed.