Brunch partially gets its bad reputation from being a real time-sucker out of your weekend– what, you thought we were so naive? You can choose to complain about your wicked hangover for the rest of the evening or you can choose to just keep the ball rolling and continue your day bouncing around with your brunch buds. When you’re a few mimosas deep, however, it can be difficult to figure out where your next bar should be, but we’ve got you. When you’re down or more after brunch, here are the places we’d recommend. Why not? You’re going for it.
Post Game: Sauf Haus
We like the brunch at the new Mission in Navy Yard, but we have a sense of nostalgia for the original one in Dupont. After you eat as many tortilla chips as you possibly can and bathe in the bounty of salt-rimmed margaritas, you may want to switch up. Minutes down the road is probably the only non-sterile drinking spot in downtown D.C., and that’s Sauf Haus beer garden.
Mission, 1606 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Post Game: Dacha
Frenchy’s hit us with a shockingly incredible brunch with a variety of DIY mimosas. It’s a no-brainer to eat outside on the Frenchy’s patio and head to Dacha for some people watching and sour sipping.
Frenchys, 1337 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Post Game: Dacha
We’re seeing double down at the Waterfront. The second All Purpose Pizza and Dacha Beer Garden have opened their doors to Saturday savages. All Purpose is one of our favorite sharable brunch deals in the city and the new Dacha just allowed us to make an entire day out of our Waterfront escapades.
All Purpose, 79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Post Game: Betsy
We voted Lavagna one of our best brunches in D.C. a few years back. This spot has all the feels for Italian comfort foods with the perfect amount of brunch innovation. The bottomless deal is great in Capitol Hill, so you’ll need to find a great spot to sit sip, you know, for digestion purposes. The Betsy is a quaint rooftop patio that screams summer cocktails and backyard hangout sessions.
Lavagna, 539 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Post Game: Cortez
Another bomb brunch to hit our best list is Shaw’s Hazel. The Asian influenced refined American plates are exceptionally crafted for brunch. This brunch is slightly more upscale, so you may want your next drinking scene to remain consistent. May we suggest American Ice? It’s probably our favorite rustic bar in town that isn’t overly bro-ey.
Hazel, 808 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Post Game: Garden District
The simplicity of Meatball Shop should be in high demand for your brunch requirements in general, but their cocktail game is pretty on point too. The Novel Garden district is just across the street to continue stein clanking and pretzel noshing.
Meatball Shop, 1720 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Post Game: Calico
Espita is the type of upscale Mexican establishment that makes you feel bad about ordering extra guac because of the premium price tag attached to it. Their brunch deal is a steal, though, with their tacos and drink specials allotting a good (delicious) time. Celebrate the deal you just copped by enjoying the libations in the alley out back– Calico that is. D.C.’s favorite mini backyard with feminine cocktails and comfortable setting.
Espita, 1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Post Game: El Rey
Halfsmoke is a high-value bottomless brunch where every entree comes with bottomless. This brunch will make you rowdy and your roommates will likely not allow you back into the house. So, head over to El Rey where the energy will be just as intense as you are.
Halfsmoke, 651 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Post Game: Blue Jacket
If anything gets more southern than a brunch with biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, and perfectly deviled eggs, it’s a tall glass of ice cold beer on a hot day. Wash down the southern delicacies of Due South at the Navy Yard’s Bluejacket. Optimal mingling is likely to occur.
Due South, 301 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Post Game: Tiki TNT
I was a Wharf skeptic when it came to serving actually good food and beverage. Lately, I’ve found myself there too often to claim ambivalence towards this seaside restaurant strip. Mi Vida is a wonderland of brunch with a Mexican flare. That view can be difficult to part with, so slide on over to Tiki TNT for tropical cocktails with that same great view.
Mi Vida, 98 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024
Post Game: Crimson Whisky
Dirty Habit’s racey name was validated when we published our guide for best party brunches. You can have your standard flow of bottomless cocktails or you can go for the dealer’s choice of brunch punch served in a large 50s era glass bowl. If this isn’t the last stop on your cocktail tour, the Crimson Whisky rooftop beckons your celebrity appearance.
Dirty Habit, 555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Post Game: Hank’s
Oh Duke’s. It’s hard for us to make a guide without putting you on it. The original Dukes on 17th Street remains a favorite brunch of ours any day and any season. While the Duke’s brunch can get you rowdy, it’s so populated by regulars you may not be down for the notorious galavant of a beer garden or sports bar. Hank’s cocktail bar around the corner serves up amazing, sophisticated cocktails for you to wind down after a probably filling experience (we know you’re ordering the brunch burger).
Duke’s Grocery, 1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Post Game: Takoda
The quant Mexican rooftop has an epic brunch and bar situation. While it’s relatively easy to keep crunching on chips and crushing margaritas on site, solid post-drinking activities are within reach at Takoda’s rooftop.
El Techo, 606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001