Sonoma offers a welcome grown-up respite from all the other dives and sports bars stretching down Pennsylvania Avenue. The long granite bar, exposed brick and extensive wine list make for a stylish, urban feel, and the upstairs lounge has plenty of comfortable alcoves to settle in to (although it’s often closed for political functions and events). Sonoma’s proximity to the House office buildings also allows for great eavesdropping while you’re savoring that Russian River Valley pinot gris—as long as you’re not put off by the ping of a thousand BlackBerrys.
|Venue name:||Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar|
223 Pennsylvania Ave SE
|Cross street:||between 2nd and 3rd Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–10pm; Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–11pm; Sat 5–11pm; Sun 11am–3pm, 5–9pm|
|Transport:||Capitol South/Eastern Market Metro|