Best Place to Make New Friends

Darnell’s Bar
944 Florida Ave. NW, (202) 290-2865
Situated on the cusp of the oft-overwhelming U Street area, Darnell’s is an after-work neighborhood bar done right. And every Friday night, the small lounge transforms into a sweaty house party. With limited bar space and only one bathroom, you’re sure to get plenty of face time with everyone there. Partygoers include college students and empty nesters, and Darnell is always on hand, meeting and greeting patrons new and old. While the spot certainly has its regulars, everyone is friendly and won’t let you drink alone—they might not even let you pay for your drink.