Sip On Your Favorites At These Local DC Bars

Spend your evenings and weekends at some of the best watering holes in town. Whether you’re looking for a happening happy hour spot or just a nearby go-to, our thriving DC neighborhood is surrounded by various options for all occasions. Get ready to cheers to the good life at a few of our favorite picks shared below.

A local classic:

Marvin, just around the block from Sonnet, is located on 14th Street, NW. Featuring a roof deck bar and neighborhood restaurant in the heart of Washington, D.C., Marvin is a mainstay of DC’s eclectic bar and club scene. Paying homage to soul singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye, this bar’s founder Eric Hilton drew inspiration from Gaye’s period of self-imposed exile in Belgium. In the winter of 1981, Gaye traveled to Ostend, where he entered a period of asceticism, rehabilitation, and reflection. Many close to him attributed the surge of clarity and creativity he experienced upon his return to his time spent abroad. Marvin’s menu is an ode to both the culinary landscape that defined Gaye’s formative years in the Shaw neighborhood of DC, and the regional cuisine he encountered during his travels. So kick back, taste the diverse menu of bites and cocktails, and enjoy some fresh tunes every day of the week at this staple spot. Don’t forget to take advantage of their weekday happy hour, Monday – Friday from open – 7 pm.

Wine about it:

BIN1301 DC is one of our favorite places to sip on select wines. Located in the center of Washington, just down the street from us, this spot features an outdoor patio perfect for unwinding after a long day. Their knowledgeable staff will help you pick the best drink to accompany your meal, all while you enjoy live music in a cozy setting. Stop by for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 -4 pm.

Victorian themed buzz:

Cloak & Dagger is a popular dance club that combines Victorian era design with modern features in the heart of the U Street corridor on 14th and U. Just a 2-minute walk away from Sonnet, it pays homage to DC’s history of secrecy and espionage. It houses a large, beautiful chandelier above the dance floor, creating the perfect ambiance for dancing the night away with friends. Situated right next to Sonnet Apartments, this is a must to add to your list of weekly spots.

Industrial hideaway:

Named and modeled after what was built on the site around the turn of the century, the American Ice Company is a small, comfortable bar and restaurant located in Washington DC, a block off the U Street corridor/metro. At just half a mile away from Sonnet, providing a reclaimed industrial setting, they serve a wide variety of beers and whiskeys, ranging from everyday easy drinking to craft/artisanal brewers and distillers. The menu speaks for itself, featuring meats, vegetables, and ingredients from local purveyors and a quality that has made it recognizable in our neighborhood for years.

No matter your personal preference or style, there’s places to unwind or celebrate with a nice drink in hand all around Sonnet Apartments. Come and tour our community today. and explore all of the dining + nightlife available in our neighborhood.

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