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Details: The Gibson


DIVEY: So downright casual, you might feel uncomfortable.
CASUAL: Anything goes, just relax and have a good time.
MODERN: Clean and snappy.
CLASSY: A little on the up-scale side. May have a dress code.
FORMAL: You'd better be on your best behavior. Almost certainly has a dress code, or should.
$$$$: Cheap - Prices are cheaper than found at most other good bars in the area.
$$$$: Average - Prices are about the same as found at most other good bars.
$$$$: Pricey - They are charging more here than at most other good bars.
$$$$: Expensive - Hopefully, somebody else is paying. If they aren't, maybe you should have just one, just so you can say you did.
EAT: None - Hope you aren't hungry, even in the slightest.
EAT: Snacks - Very simple bar snacks. Peanuts, pretzles, that sort of thing.
EAT: Light - Small appetizers, small plates, great if you're not terribly hungry.
EAT: Full - A full meals worth of things to order.
: None - First come, first served.
: Available - Not needed, but you could if you wanted to.
: Required - You need to call for reservations.
: Private - Members Only, or otherwise not available for general attendance.
The Gibson
2009 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

CLASSY - $$$$ - EAT -
(202) 232-2156

The Gibson is "the place" to get a great cocktail in DC. They only let in so many people at a time so it's never crowded inside, but it does fill up quickly on the weekend nights so reservations are suggested. The entrance is an unmarked door (no sign outside) so just walk up, knock, and if there's space or if you have a reservation they'll let you in.

The bartenders know their stuff and take their time on the cocktails. The dimly lit atmosphere throws into another world far from the city outside, where all that's left are good company and great drinks.
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