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True barebones budget eaters know the best place to get cheap grub isn’t at the restaurants in Washington, DC at all, but at the myriad bars that dole out tons of free appetizers during Happy Hour.

Those with a little more self-respect – and a taste for something beyond sliders and fries – will still fare well, as the restaurant scene in DC is as diverse as the international city itself. Political bigwigs munch cigars and talk policy at gourmet French joints in Penn Quarter, while cheap ethnic cuisine flourishes in Adams Morgan, and stellar gastropubs continue to pop up all over town.

Chinatown makes it easy to get a bucket of something that resembles food for a few dollars, and though the authenticity of this Chinese fare is questionable, the starving students and unaware tourists don’t seem to mind.

Meanwhile, sushi restaurants are all the rage for folks looking to turn a little Japanese, and neighborhoods like U Street, Columbia Heights, and H Street continue to bring in new funky fun neighborhood diners that offer trendy and cool takes on New American fusion.

Of course, no culinary visit to DC would be complete without a piping hot bowl of chili and a dog from Ben’s Chili Bowl, which has been serving up buckets of both since long before you were born.

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  1. Lucas

    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

    Sign of the Whale - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    Bar Food / Blazers

    Public Bar - Restaurant | Rooftop Bar | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    20s / Anything goes

    Old Glory BBQ - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    20s / 30s

    Lucas Likes: Beer Sports Rowdy Casual Anything goes Bar Flirty

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  2. Adriana

    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

    Adriana Likes: Exclusive Nightclub Fashion Forward Shopping Jetsetter Lounge Hotel Bar High End / Exclusive

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  3. Jonah

    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

    La Tasca - Spanish Restaurant | Tapas Bar in Washington, DC.

    20s / Boisterous

    Granville Moore's - Beer Garden | Gastropub in Washington, DC.

    30s / 50s Music

    Emma Likes: Happy Hour Culture Dancing Lively Budget-friendly Sightseeing Party Groups

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U Street Corridor

9:30 Club - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC. All U Street Corridor Restaurants

Georgetown

Rhino Bar & Pumphouse - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Washington, DC. All Georgetown Restaurants

Dupont Circle

Barcöde - Bar | Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC. All Dupont Circle Restaurants

Adams Morgan

Madam's Organ Blues Bar - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Washington, DC. All Adams Morgan Restaurants

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