Penn Quarter Bars

North of Pennsylvania Avenue and halfway between the White House and U.S. Capitol lies the neighborhood of Penn Quarter--nearly indiscernible from a decade ago with its new developments, revitalized real estate and hot bar and club scene. Bustling with businessmen and museum-goers by day, Penn Quarter sizzles by night--it's home to some badass bars, authentic pubs and high-energy clubs perfect for getting pickled. Check out our list of Penn Quarter bars for our favorites. (Pictured: Fado Irish Pub)

Updated: August 19, 2010

Penn Quarter Bars in Washington, D.C.

Fado Irish Pub

808 7TH St NW, Washington, DC 20001

A pub-crawler's dream, this large, warmly lit Irish pub is a favorite with the young, happy hour crowd. The bar is packed by 9pm on weekends, and, as it's just a block from the Verizon Center, before Capitals and Wizards games as well. Expect classic ?Irish Hospitality"--no sucking up here!

RFD Washington

810 7TH St NW, Washington, DC 20001

RFD (an acronym for Regional Food and Drink) should really be called B-E-E-R--the bar boasts 30 beers on tap and 300-plus bottled beers from around the globe. Fitting with the theme, a solid pub grub bar menu features cuisine a la biere--foods prepared with beer.

Bar 7

1015 1/2 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Bar 7's free (!) open bar every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday draws in a booze-motivated crowd from 5pm to 7pm. Outside of those hours, expect a young, attractive mix of hipsters and young professionals at this Penn Quarter bar and lounge, where everyone dresses to impress.

Rocket Bar

714 7th St Nw, Washington, DC 20001

?Unpretentious? best describes this sub street-level bar--a remarkable reputation considering its location across from the Verizon Center. With well-priced drink options ($3 PBR cans and $4 Miller Lite pints), Rocket Bar is also one of the cheapest Penn Quarter billiards bars. You'll save on food, too--Rocket Bar lets you bring your own carryout.


911 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

This four-level booty-shakin? club feels a little like D.C. and a lot like Cancun with its hard-partying vibe. Hop from floor to floor to mix up the music--hear local DJs in the basement, Top 40 and Latin beats on the main floor and mezzanine, and rap in the bedroom-themed VIP lounge, Chroma.

Iron Horse Tap Room

507 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Not a ?biker bar? per se--no black leather and bandana dress code here--the Iron Horse does nod to old-school, open-road motorcycle culture with 1970s Honda and Thunderbird bikes suspended mid-air and vintage bike ads as wallpaper. Sample some of the bar's 20 bourbons; then go hog wild playing Skee-Ball and shuffleboard downstairs.