Food and drink tour: Compete in the Washington D.C. bar-lympics


D.C. is known for its fine dining, with five star restaurants and celebrity chefs. But what about fun dining? Being an adult shouldn't mean you don't get to play games, it should just mean you get to drink alcohol while you play.

Whether you're on a first date, hanging out with friends while visiting or looking for a night of fun after visiting the museums, these bars are for you.

Stop by all five for a night for the ultimate bar-lympics, or pick one for a game or two before dinner.

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1. The Board Room
Game night often draws to mind the idea of awkwardly playing charades with your coworkers in a cramped apartment. Not anymore. At the Board Room, take on your friends in your favorite board games by renting one of the 30+ games for $2 a game, including Don't Break the Ice, Risk and Battleship.

There is no kitchen, but you're allowed to bring your own or order in. There are 21 beers on tap, so this is the perfect stop for a drink before dinner.

2. Penn Social
Located three blocks from the Verizon Center, this bar has a collection of board games, arcade games and tailgating games. You can start upstairs, playing board games at the bar, or head downstairs for Duck Hunter, foosball, cornhole, skee ball and more.

Order a local craft beer and some delicious appetizers while you tackle a giant Connect Four game. If you go later in the evening, dancing usually takes over the downstairs cornhole courts.


3. H St Country Club
Next, head to NE, and get ready to tee off the evening. This bar offers a mini golf course upstairs. Grab a margarita and play a few holes while you drink. After golfing, head downstairs and order some tacos. Play the Terminator Salvation arcade game, more skee ball and some shuffleboard while you wait on the food.

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4. Vendetta
Get ready to throw down at the bocce ball bar. Court play is free on the indoor courts. Bocce is best played in groups of two or four, but you can make up your own rules and just have fun.

The kitchen serves delicious soul food, including mac and cheese and fried fish po' boys.

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5. Atlas Arcade

This '80s-themed "beercade" features gaming systems like the Nintendo 64 and Sega, as well as traditional arcade cabinet games. Grab a drink and some candy from the bar and spend the wee hours of the morning gaming on your childhood favorites.

Let the games begin.



Kirsten Ballard has lived in D.C. for the past two years, she works at a newspaper association and spends her weekends running and eating her way through the city.