Curling up on your couch with a glass of vino? Put a cork in that plan. Make a grape escape to these neighborhood spots for the best winetails in town.
Head to: Ripple, Cleveland Park’s sustainably focused fun house.
Sip: You’re Killing Me’s ($13) unexpected combo of floral riesling and gin.
Pair with: Platters of meats and cheeses, Amish chicken, or poached eggs with tuna confit and hot coppa.
Take: A carnivorous beau.
Address: 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW (202-244-7995).
Head to: Columbia Room, The Passenger Bar’s ten-seat secret.
Sip: Head bartender Katie Nelson’s heady elixirs. Ask her for something with sherry and local honey (two of her favorite ingredients).
Pair with: Ever-changing small plates from the kitchen.
Take: Your lover on the down low.
Address: 1021 7th St. NW, b/t New York Ave. & L St. (202-393-0336).
Head to: Jackson 20, the wine-mad American tavern adjacent to the Hotel Monaco.
Sip: Pinot noir, gin, and muddled pineapple in a Cuzmopolitan ($11).
Pair with: Southern accents like Virginia crab cakes, catfish, fried chicken, and 3 Little Pigs (barbecue-bacon-and-pig-head sliders on sweet-potato-biscuit buns).
Take: Puppy lovers to Doggie Happy Hour in the courtyard (Tues. & Thurs., 5-8 p.m.).
Address: 480 King St., b/t Pitt & Royal Sts., Alexandria (703-842-2790).
Head to: Restaurant Eve, where Cathal Armstrong’s Irish-inflected fare complements Todd Thrasher’s mind-popping cocktails.
Sip: Crisp sauvignon blanc makes nice with grapefruit and citrus vinegar in A Pleasantly Bitter Beginning ($15).
Pair with: Cabbage veloute with Irish bacon croutons or Kurobuta pork with kimchi turnips.
Take: Your favorite banker to the tasting room; your best pals to the casual bistro.
Address: 110 S. Pitt St., Old Town (703-706-0450).
Head to: Wisdom: Cocktail Parlour, the divey booze boutique on the Hill.
Sip: Port marries caramel-flavored vodka in the Masquerade ($12).
Pair with: Kernels. Sunday is movie night, which means free popcorn for all.
Take: Your mail-room crush. Get cozy in a snug room.
Address: 1432 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, at 15th St. (202-543-2323).
Head to: Star and Shamrock Tavern & Deli, the Jewish-Irish bar.
Sip: Manischewitz sangria ($6). Mazel!
Pair with: Latkes, Reuben-stuffed egg rolls, mini shepherd’s pies, pastrami (brined in-house), or chopped chicken liver on rye.
Take: The debate team.
Address: 1341 H St. NE, b/t Linden St. & 14th St. (202-388-3833).
Head to: Estadio, a Barcelona bar transported to 14th St.
Sip: Calimocho ($7), the prom juice of Spanish tweens. It’s equal parts red wine and cola.
Pair with: Rainbows of olives, blistered Padron peppers, sherry-glazed halibut, and tiny anchovies.
Take: Amigos who share.
Address: 1520 14th St. NW, b/t P & Q Sts. (202-319-1404).
Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Parker Photographie