Can you list some bars and restaurants in DC that would be good for a group of 10-12, all 21+? I'm open to making reservations, but a) bars probably don't take them and b) it would also be nice to be able to descend on a location or two in a more impromptu fashion as the weekend develops. Neighborhoods and other relevant details within.
A contingent of friends is visiting this weekend, and we'd like to take them out and show them the town. We've got access to cars, buses, metros, and walking, and I think we've got entertainment/tourist-y things covered.
However, we won't be eating or drinking at my tiny place, so I'm looking for meals and drinks from Friday evening through Sunday morning.
Bonus points for places with a fantastic beer list. For instance, I would love to take the group to Churchkey or Red Derby on Saturday afternoon or evening, but I know both get very crowded, standing room is scarce, and I fear a group of 12 would be a bit much. I'd hate to truck everyone down there and then not have a backup plan. Nellie's is also definitely a possibility, though I'd lean towards saving that locale for Sunday brunch.
Neighborhoods in order of preference: Shaw/Eckington/LeDroit/Bloomingdale; U St Corridor; Adams Morgan; H St/Atlas; Columbia Heights/Petworth; Dupont.
I'm also looking at this
helpful Yelp list.