The neighborhood of Shaw, located less than a mile northeast of The White House, is mix of a trendy hip new culture and rich African-American history dating back to pre-Civil War. There are great places to dine, parks to enjoy, museums, art, and all the historic signs to see. But one of the best things about Shaw is the variety of incredible places to relax and enjoy a drink. Here’s our list of top Bars and Pubs in the neighborhood of Shaw.
Shaw Brewpub & Kitchen
On the north end of Shaw, you can grab a beer brewed right here. The Shaw Brewpub & Kitchen is the brewpub for the Right Proper Brewing Company, which also has a production house and tasting room just 2-miles away in Brookland. For beer enthusiasts, Shaw Brewpub uses a 5-Barrel system which means the beers change frequently and offer the brewers room to experiment. The food from the kitchen is not your standard pub fare, but more like what you’ll find at a bistro, including items such as Grilled Octopus, Lamb French Dip, and Wood-Grilled Salmon, all very reasonably priced.
202-607-BEER | 23370, 624 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 11pm | Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 12am | Sunday: 11:30am – 10pm
Pop Up Bar
The first time you visit Pop Up Bar you’ll love it so much you want to come back. The second time you visit you’ll think “What just happened?” That’s because the PUB is a rotating-themed bar, that has featured motifs such as Miracle on 7th Street, Cherry Blossom, and Game of Thrones. Specializing in elaborate decorations alongside specialty cocktails guests are treated to an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience.
PUB is generally opened seven-days a week, but the hours vary so checking the website is a good idea.
1839 7th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001 | 202-316-9396
If you are in the mood for wines, cheeses and charcuterie then head to the center of Shaw and enjoy La Jambe, a neighborhood bar where you can experience the best of old-world France. Founded by French-born Anastasia Mori, Le Jambe has an extensive wine list consisting of French wines as well as food dishes with rich cheeses and extravagant cured meats. Don’t stay too long or you’ll think you’re in Paris.
1550 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 627-2988
M – F: 5pm to last call | Sa – Su: Brunch Service 11am – 3pm, Regular Service 3pm – last call
Chaplin’s is an intriguing combination of forward-thinking Cocktails and traditional Ramen noodles. The motif is based on silent film from the 1930’s Golden age of Hollywood. Along with the first-floor bar, there is a bar on the second level, the “Opium Den”, which is a warm and inviting bar encased with floor to ceiling windows. Chef Myo Htun spent nearly 30-years in Tokyo learning the art of Ramen and the menu has the same dishes he cooked in Japan.
The cocktail list is extensive and fun and there are 16 beers on tap, as well as great wines and other spirits.
1501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 644-8806
Open Mon–Thu at 3:30, Fri at 3:00, Sat-Sun at Noon.
In the heart of Shaw is Maxwell Park, a wine bar with an impressively extensive wine list featuring more than 50 wines by the glass. If you’re not in a wine mood you’ll also find craft beers, port, sherry, and Madeira as well as a handful of house-made cocktails. Though Maxwell Park takes their wine seriously and boasts a meticulous refrigeration system, they are not your snooty sommeliers. The atmosphere is playful and inviting. Routinely ranked on “Best Of” lists, including Best Bars in America by Esquire Magazine!
Come early as Maxwell Park does not take reservations.
Opens nightly at 5:00.
1336 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 792-9522
Dacha Beer Garden
Opened in 2013, Dacha Beer Garden began as a small beer truck, a make-shift bar, a few picnic tables, and port-a-potties in a corner parking lot. Specializing in world-class German, Belgian, and American craft beers, Dacha also serves wines, meads, and ciders. Open year-round, the beer garden is a surprisingly busy and popular spot even in the colder months. Come for the beer, the food, or the 40-foot mural of Elizabeth Taylor which adorns a brick wall next to the garden.
1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 350-9888
Open Monday/Thursday/Friday at 4:00, Sat/Sun at Noon
A&D Neighborhood Bar
Towards the southern end of Shaw is the A&D Neighborhood Bar, a perfect place if you are in the mood for a smaller, more down-to-earth, relaxed setting. The service is very friendly, the cocktails are fun and there is a light appetizer menu if you need something to nibble on. Enjoy the Daily Happy Hour from 5:00 – 8:00
1314 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 290-1804
The Dabney Cellar
Located right around the corner from its restaurant counterpart, The Dabney Cellar features a robust wine list with a diverse assortment of wines by the glass as well as a shellfish bar, charcuterie, and cheeses. The food menu changes daily but always features locally-sourced products. Enter by descending down a winding staircase and you’ll find an inviting rustic and casual atmosphere. Enjoy Happy Hour every Wednesday-Thursday 5PM-6:30PM.
1222 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 450-1015
Open Wednesday-Thursday 5PM-11PM | Friday-Saturday 5PM-1AM | Sunday 4PM-10PM