Party Earth Review A large rooftop bar and an emphasis on locally-grown products have made Local 16 a popular hangout for a mix of foodies, preppies, and hipsters alike. A casual weeknight vibe quickly turns to a rowdy, overly-packed scene... ... read full review
1602 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Bar/Rooftop: M–Th 5pm–2am, F–Sa 5pm–3am, Su 11am–1am
Restaurant: Su–Th 5–10pm, F–Sa 5–11pm
Brunch: Su 11am–4pm
U Street Corridor, Washington, DC –
A large rooftop bar and an emphasis on locally-grown products have made Local 16 a popular hangout for a mix of foodies, preppies, and hipsters alike.
A casual weeknight vibe quickly turns to a rowdy, overly-packed scene on weekends when swarms of college students take over the large tiki-styled rooftop deck to flirt with coeds at the bar while a DJ spins a soundtrack of Top 40.
Couples and young professionals looking for a mellower scene can check out the downstairs restaurant and bar, whose red and dark wood décor and warm fringed lanterns create a more intimate and laid-back atmosphere.
Simple bistro-style wooden tables, chairs, and leather booths are snuggled against the walls of the main dining area and face the bar through a half-wall made of stacked liquor bottles. The bar itself has a distinctive pub feel, with a mixture of simple wooden stools and scattered tables, and a large street side window overlooking U Street provides patrons with a perfect people-watching perch.
Once recharged by the downstairs vibe, patrons at Local 16 can easily head back up to the rooftop via a narrow stairway in the rear of the bar, where the scene often changes so quickly it’s like a slap in the face.
Young professionals, local foodies, college students, and frat types, early 20s to 30s.
Chill reggae, rock, pop, 80s, and 90s music weekdays on the rooftop. DJs spin Top 40 Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. TV.
Seasonal menu of American-inspired cuisine, including a variety of pizzas and an aerie burger with cheddar. Catering menu available for private parties. Valet parking on the weekends from 6pm. Happy Hour M–F 5–8pm.
Brunch $8–$12, prix fixe brunch for Facebook fans $18, appetizers $5–$9, entrées $13–$24. Beer $5–$6, wine $6–$9/glass or $24–$135/bottle, cocktails $8–$12.
Casual: t-shirts, shorts, jeans, flip-flops.
Weekends for the college vibe, or midweek for a more relaxed atmosphere.
Two blocks away is Marvin (2007 14th Street NW), a club with packed dance floors and a rooftop space as well.