Best Place to Drink Classy and Eat Trashy

1314 9th St. NW, (202) 290-1804
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You can always count on a solid cocktail from Shaw’s A&D, one of the city’s most underrated drinking dens. The menu has just eight cocktails (all $11), and you can’t go wrong with staples like the Countdown with mezcal, Aperol, sweet vermouth, and ginger or the uber-local A&D with Green Hat gin, Sloop Betty vodka, and a housemade dirty juice blend. But the best part of this dim-lit neighborhood joint? Once you’ve got your buzz on, you can pig out on some sloppy food. Frito pie—Fritos smothered in chili with sour cream, green onion, and cheese—and mac and cheese topped with your choice of chili, pulled pork, or jerk chicken come in paper cartons with plastic silverware. Because there’s no need to be fancy when you’re drunk.