Where the (Older) Boys Are
We get hundreds of questions in our weekly Got Plans? discussion -- far more than we can answer in the hour or so allotted. On Fridays, we like to provide a response for one of the queries we didn't have time to get to.
You seem to know a lot of the "hot" places for happy hour in D.C. Unfortunately the crowd at these places are quite young. Can you recommend a good happy hour bar for older chicks? My friend and I are 37 and want to go out for drinks on Friday. Where DO the men our age(or a little older)hang out...and please don't say sports bars. That is not our scene. Thanks...
An Older Chick
Longtime Got Plans? readers know that we're not huge fans of the "Where are all the single [blank] hiding" questions, but this time, we'll make an exception.
It is possible to go out and enjoy the nightlife scene without turning into college (or fresh out of college) crowds everywhere you go -- even though, as Erin and I were just discussing, you're sure to find men in their 30s and 40s mixed in among the crowd at places as diverse as Eighteenth Street Lounge, the Hawk and Dove or the Bottom Line.
A great way to get your feet wet is to put yourself in the hands of a skillful bartender. Mo Taheri at 701 makes fantastic martinis, but he's also gifted at getting the clientele at "Mo's Bar" chatting with each other. Ditto for Sam Lek at the Town & County Lounge at the Mayflower, whose large following of patrons over 30 includes those who love his inventive cocktails and those happy to be entertained by Sam's magic tricks and the buzzy social environment. Sometimes the chatter at the bar is louder than the piano.
For something fresher and hipper, the Degrees bar at the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown has a long list of martinis and the occasional visiting celebrity. Bardeo, the wine bar attached to Ardeo in Cleveland Park, seems like a date spot, but is a favorite of solo (and maybe single) diners. On the Hill, Charlie Palmer Steak offers 10,000 bottles of wine -- though far fewer by the glass -- to patrons. While the long bar is often crowded after work, it's easier to find someone over 30 than a legislative assistant. (The downside: You may have to listen to a lot of political chatter while you're waiting for Mr. Right.)
Of course, there are the standbys: Cafe Milano, Nathans, Capital Grille. All famous for lively social scenes, all potential pick-up joints. And if none of those options work, it might not hurt to scope out a sportier spot. For many hard-working professionals of all ages, game time is a rare opportunity to actually make it out to a bar with the guys.
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