Best Pickup Bar

Saki
2477 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, (202) 232-5005

You could rightly claim that sushi-bar-cum-nightclub Saki is both fish joint and meat market. The narrow restaurant—and its basement dance floor—is a veritable decompression chamber for the Golden Triangle young professional looking to turn his happy hour into a happy ending. On weekends, the bar is generally flooded with smashed singles, but on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 p.m., an open bar descends upon Saki with the force of a natural disaster. With all the free liquor, it’s virtually impossible not to land some tasty fish who’s sloshed next to the sushi bar. More ambitious patrons can choose to turn their pickup into a hookup even before leaving the premises. And don’t forget this important amenity: If you’re forced to drink to excess to stomach your particular catch, the distance between the bar and the bathroom is mere feet.

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