Petworth Citizen is a laid-back locals-friendly neighborhood joint, serving a section of D.C. that until recently was largely ignored by bargoers who didn't call Petworth home. But easygoing neighborhood bars can sometimes be hard to find in D.C., making Petworth Citizen a worthy venture. Inside, find a small but rewarding menu of pub fare ranging from a house chorizo burger to manchego mac and cheese. The small back area, Reading Room, offers walls of color-sorted books you can borrow, along with Friday and Saturday night Literary Cocktail sessions from Chantal Tseng. She chooses a different author as the inspiration each week, crafting a lineup of themed cocktails.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: It’s hard to pass up a classic like the Last Word when it's on the menu and prepared perfectly. Or go in the opposite direction with a Petworth Combo: Miller High Life and a shot of Old Overholt rye for $7.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Literary Cocktail nights have become quite popular, so you may have to grab a round at the main bar before nabbing an open space in the tiny back area.