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by Amanda Terillo

The Red Derby. Have you heard of it? Maybe not. It is easy to miss. No sign, no name on the door, right next to an abandoned laundromat. My mother always told me not to judge a book by its cover, and I’m glad I listened to her sound advice.

The Red Derby is a great place to unwind. They only serve canned beers, but have great selections of beers like PBR, craft beers and high gravity beers such as Pork Slap and Aviator. They also have a full liquor selection and great prices on shots and mixed drinks. Just remember to bring cash, or bring a friend who always carries cash.

Photo: Ann-Marie VanTassell

Their bar food is also really tasty. I absolutely love their grilled cheese and fries. If you get a sweet tooth, ask for an ice cream sandwich. Remember those?! Yep, just like the ones you used to buy from the Ice Cream Man.  If you really want a blast from the past, grab a board game like Battleship and Connect Four.

The best part? A heated rooftop! Is it 40° out? Maybe, but you’ll never know. Grab a can a the Red Derby. It’s definitely my favorite dive bar in town.

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW
Washington, DC
(202) 291-5000