Best No-Frills Bar

Showtime Lounge
113 Rhode Island Ave. NW
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Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Showtime Lounge is a real-life bar where everybody knows your name. Hell, the bar even has its own theme song, just like Cheers. The song’s refrain: “Welcome to Showtime, where the people come to get down.” It was written and performed by Showtime’s house band, Granny & The Boys, a gray-haired funk band with a collective age decades older than the bar. There are many other reasons to love Showtime: a “Comboh” (a shot and a Natty Boh) is $5; the jukebox is free; and local barbecue joint (and Best Of pick) DCity Smokehouse delivers here. Really, what more do you need?
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