Party Earth Review Bartenders in this unmarked lounge like a challenge, and the simple, one-page menu at The Gibson is better regarded as a place to start than the sum of what’s available. The intimate candlelit space is fitted out with... ... read full review
2009 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
M–Th, Su 6pm– 2am, F–Sa 6pm–3am
U Street Corridor, Washington, DC –
Bartenders in this unmarked lounge like a challenge, and the simple, one-page menu at The Gibson is better regarded as a place to start than the sum of what’s available.
The intimate candlelit space is fitted out with a long bar running down the middle of the ground floor with enough room for a few dozen thirsty patrons to observe the mixologists work their magic on ingredients like celery-infused pisco and cinnamon.
A handful of tables and booths along either side of the bar provide space for cozy couples and dapper dons to sip vintage cocktails like the Sazerac or unusual concoctions like the rich Japanese Cocktail made with brandy and orgeat syrup.
When not overtaken by a private party, the upstairs space provides comfy sofas for the upscale clientele, while a back patio trimmed with white lights and candles draws young professionals and creative types looking to mingle under the stars.
Standing room is not allowed at The Gibson, so losing a cocktail to an errant shoulder bump is not a concern, though getting a seat without a reservation is, especially on weekends.
Sophisticated mix of small groups and couples, late 20s to 40s.
Down-tempo mix of mostly jazz, soul, reggae, and electronica.
Light snacks including maple rosemary-spiced nuts and chickpea fries. Reservations recommended, especially on the weekends. Two-hour limit on table seating during peak hours.
Snacks $5–$10. Beer $7, wine $8–$13/glass, spirits $10–$18, specialty drinks $11–$16.
Smart casual: trendy jeans, cool t-shirts and tops, dresses. Dress code: no shorts or flip-flops.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for the biggest crowds, though reservations are strongly recommended. Any other night for great drinks without the wait.
Just steps away is Marvin (2007 14th Street NW), a restaurant and bar under the same ownership that melds Southern and Belgian fare like waffles and moules frites.