Best Playhouse Concession Stand

Ali’s Bar
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, (703) 820-9771
Signature Theatre occupies a unique place in the D.C. theater ecosystem: It’s the only major company devoted primarily (not exclusively) to musicals. It also occupies a hard-to-reach place in the D.C. theater ecosystem: The Village at Shirlington, more than three bike-unfriendly miles from the nearest Metro station. (Bus transit times from the Pentagon stop range from 10 minutes to infinity, roughly.) Food and drink options in Shirlington are abundant and varied, but if your schedule is such that you need to eat at the theater—because you were waiting a long time for a bus, let’s say—the onsite Ali’s Bar has a smallish but decent selection of small plates, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options, for under $10 per item. (Housemade chocolate chip cookies are $3.) The lineup of wine and beer (draft and bottled) varies, but it’s good and no pricier than at the surrounding bars and restaurants. Its menu is online, and Ali’s opens 90 minutes prior to each performance.