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The Raven Grill

Bars, Dive bars Mount Pleasant
5 out of 5 stars
The Raven Grill
Photograph: Courtesy Matthew Cavanaugh The Raven Grill

This no-frills watering hole, which was founded in 1935, shows its age. But faithful customers keep coming back to the tattered bar for $3 cans of Natty Boh and $1 bags of potato chips. (Despite having “grill” in its name, not a morsel of food is cooked here.) A soul- and country-heavy jukebox sets the soundtrack for dates, catch-up sessions and the occasional conversation with a drifter. The bartenders can be a little rough around the edges, but keep the cash flowing (credit cards are not accepted), and they’ll warm up. 


Venue name: The Raven Grill
Address: 3125 Mt. Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC

Cross street: between Irving and Kenyon Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 4pm–1:30am; Fri–Sat 2pm–2:30am
Transport: Columbia Heights Metro
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