Bars U Street Corridor
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If you’re in a bar in Washington drinking a cocktail, listening to dub bossa nova and watching hipsters at play, chances are that the bar is owned by Eric Hilton. Hilton, who makes up one-half of DJ duo Thievery Corporation, has been slowly taking over DC’s bar scene in his spare time (Eighteenth Street Lounge, Marvin, Dickson Wine Bar). The Gibson is Hilton’s take on the New York speakeasy. First, you’ll need to find the entrance, an unobtrusive doorbell next to Marvin. Once inside you’ll find some of the best cocktails in the city, with drinks updated on a chalkboard daily, and ingredients from celery-infused Pisco to burnt cinnamon. Reservations recommended.

Venue name: Gibson
Address: 2009 14th Street, NW
between U & V Streets
Washington, DC

Opening hours: 6pm–late daily
Transport: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro
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