by Naomi Bishop - 62 Reviews - 5 List
Capitol Hill is a drinker's paradise with watering holes of every ilk, so we've sought out the best bars in the neighborhood to help you decide which places are worthy of your patronage. Whatever tipple will tickle your tongue, Capitol Hill can supply you with a great scene, fabulous bartenders and delicious deals.
Updated: June 30, 2010
With taxidermy on the walls and a large rustic, Smith's excellent bartenders and intriguing menu keep the place vibrant and crowded. Residents come for the large spaces, making this one of the best bars on Capitol Hill for a big group or to cozy up in a corner and watch the masses.
This hallway of a bar is sister to next-door Lark, created as a waiting room before this area had much else. Now drinks with the house-made infused vodkas are always winners and you can try them as part of one of the many tasting flights on offer.
This basement bar attracts a variety of sorts with strong, cheap drinks and a strange ambiance. Whether you're digging the vague Mexican theme or avoiding that guy from high school across the room, the Cha Cha will leave you squinting into the night as you exit, photo booth photos in hand.
Fashioned to be a speakeasy, this is where Capitol Hill residents can live out their prohibition area fantasies. Head upstairs by calling on the old-school phone or just sidle up to the bar and ask for the bartender to please your palate with his own creation.
This quintessential watering hole is everyone's second home, making it an easy candidate for best bar in Capitol Hill--just look around at your neighbors, notice the PBR clutched tightly in hand. On warm days the large patio becomes one of the best parties in town at this bar that was also the last place Kurt Cobain was seen alive.
Good music, comfortable seating and staff that know when to leave you alone makes this a great bar to catch up with old friends. Drink good beer here while you get distracted by velvet art and Capitol Hill hipsters who walk up and down Pike through the evening.