The Gibson

Bars U Street Corridor
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The Gibson
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The Gibson has managed to maintain its popularity and place in the city’s cocktail culture for years. Behind the unmarked doors, speakeasy-style operation offers a lengthy lineup of compelling seasonal cocktails covering a full spectrum of spirits and taste profiles, as well as a variety of old-time favorites.

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Venue name: The Gibson
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Address: 2009 14th Street, NW
between U & V Streets
Washington, DC
20009
Cross street: at U St
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 6pm-2am; Fri, Sat 6pm-3am; Sun6pm-midnight
Transport: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro
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There isn't as big of a speakeasy scene was NYC but I had a wonderful time at the Gibson. Particularly in the summer time when there's an outdoor garden in the back of the bar which gives it less of a speakeasy-vibe but rather just a casual cocktail bar. They have the best chartreuse drinks and if you're with a group, you can save money by ordering a giant, globe-shaped pitcher that will give you at least 2-3 drinks for 3-4 people. I got here around 10 and was still able to get seats within 20 minutes in the summer time.