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The Best Non-Football Bars in Washington DC

If you're not in the mood to drink with rowdy football fans and risk spills on your clothes and damage to your eardrums, here's a quick list of bars that cater to the anti-football crowd.

Eden - 1716 I Street

This rooftop bar in the Penn Quarter is a South Beach-inspired club offering happy hour snack specials as well as VIP bottle service.  Immediately following happy hour, some of the best DJs in town get the place hopping.

Lucky Strike Lane and Lounge - 701 7th Street

If you enjoy bowling, the Lucky Strike Lane and Lounge in the Penn Quarter neighborhood is your place.  More than just your run-of-the-mill bowling alley, however, the Lucky Strike offers a bar and restaurant with music, a VIP lounge and pool tables -- and nary a football fan in sight.  

Degrees Bistro - 3100 South Street

Those looking for a quiet night out can enjoy the Degrees Bistro inside the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown. This cozy setting serves as a backdrop for great food, comfy couches and a number of excellent craft beers, wine and cocktails. You won't need to worry about the football crowd here, either.

Local 16 - 1602 U Street

As one of the best places to enjoy socializing with neighbors, friends, and business colleagues, the Local 16 is a solid choice for your night out away from football.  Local 16 features all types of happy hour specials, a full-service bar, dancing, and a DJ. They even provide a great brunch on Sundays.

Tryst - 2459 18th Street

Tryst serves both coffee and cocktails in the same location as well as brunch, small plates, and desserts all day.  Specials include hot mulled apple cider and chai tea with a shot of espresso.  With its comfy couches and convenient bites, Tryst is a cozy alternative to sports bars. 

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