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 (Photograph: Courtesy 1905)
Photograph: Courtesy 1905
 (Photograph: Courtesy 1905)
Photograph: Courtesy 1905

Tucked inside a Federal row house near Howard University Hospital, this bistro and bar set the standard for fine food and drink in Shaw from day one. It set the bar even higher when it opened a roomy rooftop deck in 2012. One section features a compact bar made from materials from a Wyoming barn; the other, high top tables ideal for catching a sunset with a beer in hand. Come for Sunday brunch, and get a second helping on Tuesday night when the bistro serves breakfast for dinner. Warning: Chicken and waffles with a side of cayenne honey served under a bed of stars is habit-forming.


Venue name: 1905
Address: 1905 9 St NW
Washington, DC

Cross street: at T St
Opening hours: Tue–Thu 5:30–10pm; Fri–Sat, 5:30–11pm; Sun 11am–3pm, 5:30–9pm
Transport: Metro to U Street/Cardozo
Price: $30 and under
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1905's rooftop is hands down my favorite rooftop in D.C. It's right off bumpin’ U Street, so you can see the activity below, and it sits on top of the row home turned restaurant that sits above a wine store. This rooftop used to be way more of a secret until about two years ago, and now it can get packed. But on quieter days, it’s a secluded date spot. This rooftop is really original, with colorful stained glass and 360-degree views. Also, the bar serves absinthe the traditional way and has some pretty good cocktails. The food program is pretty experimental: It seems like they're always putting out new things.