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2009 14th St., NW (U Street/Shaw)
(1) 202-232-2156 | www.thegibsondc.com
HOURSSun.-Thurs.: 6:00pm-2:00am; Fri.-Sat.: 6:00pm-3:00am
RESERVATIONSRecommended for inside tables; Reservations line open Mon.-Fri.: 12:00pm-5:00pm
PRICE (COCKTAILS)USD 10-16
SIGNATURE DRINKEvery cocktail at the bar is custom made
BARYes - small bar
FOOD SERVED?Yes - until 9:00pm
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
Even though their operation is completely legit, The Gibson still has a secretive speakeasy vibe going on. Once you actually find the black, unmarked front door, you’re greeted by a host who locates a table before you’re allowed inside. There’s no standing in this bar — every party has a table, which adds to the quiet, exclusive feel. Hipper-than-thou servers will come around to take your order or clarify the menu, as the mixologists have a custom set of cocktails lined up. The drinks are pricey but worlds beyond run-of-the-mill rum and cokes − once you taste them, we think you'll agree that they’re worth the hefty bill.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Something sophisticated and sexy — pumps, a skirt, and a breezy top.
GO HERE WITH
A date; a friend or two
Subdued, sophisticated cocktail snobs
WHY WE LIKE IT
The drinks are unique, delicious, and strong. We love coming here with a date when we want to enjoy a high-end cocktail and not have to shout across the table.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
We love the speakeasy vibe, but a little more light to read the menu would be nice.
GOOD TO KNOW
If you don’t have a reservation for a table, the patio and bar may be easier to get. The outdoor patio tends to be more of a smoker’s haven, so beware if you are adverse to smoke. This is a sister property to the popular Marvin over on 14th Street.
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