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DC City Blog Provides a list of the top 10 Washington, DC Bars to visit in 2008

As winter draws to a close in the nation's capital, the Washington, DC residents look with excitement towards the inevitable revival that takes place every year when the city warms up with the onset of spring and summer.

With the elections upon the nation's capital, 2008 should prove to be an even more exciting year in DC and in preparation, DC City Blog has announced its picks for the top bars DC bars for 2008.

In addition to venues that were simply bars, clubs and lounges with substantial bars were also up for consideration. Selections were made based on quality of service; design and décor; and general ambiance of the venue. In addition, the DC City Blog staff has made sure to present a range of bars that appeal to a diversity of tastes and locations. Without further ado, here are the best bars in DC:

#10 - Café Saint-Ex - Café Saint-Ex has been at the forefront of the U Street revival that has taken place over the past five years or so. Most of the hipsters have long departed for greener pastures but it remains unpretentious and full of character.

#9 - Lucky Bar - A staple of the DC scene, Lucky Bar is a rite of passage for locals and newcomers alike looking for the quintessential dive bar.

#8 - Marvin - Just like the icon it pays homage to, Marvin has been a hit with the masses. With a highly competent ownership/management team that knows a thing or two about the DC nightlife it should prove to be a mainstay for years to come.

#7 - Zaytinya - The bar of choice for visitors and professionals alike in the Penn Quarter. In addition to great food and a well-designed interior, the bar at Zaytinya offers a popular spot to mingle with others.

#6 - Gazuza - Sushi, shisha and sophistication make Gazuza a sure bet in upper Dupont.

#5 - Lima - Like some of the other names on this list, Lima is more than just a bar - it also is a restaurant and a club. On Friday and Saturday evenings, Lima attracts one of the most diverse and international crowds in DC.

#4 - Local 16 - The days of Local 16 being a low-key establishment frequented by U Street denizens are long gone. These days, Local 16 attracts people of all shapes and sizes who come from every corner of DC.

#3 - Maté - To say that Maté is not your standard Georgetown bar is an understatement. On weekend nights, it attracts a mix of young professionals from all over the DC-metropolitan area.

#2 - Science Club - Science Club represents a combination of style and a laid-back good time. There have been countless times I have walked out of a club in Dupont dissatisfied and simply headed straight to Science Club.

#1 - 18th Street Lounge - Not surprising to anyone who has been in DC for a while, 18th Street Lounge ranks as the top bar in the area. It has built its reputation over the years through great music, ambiance, and by showing both new and old faces a good time.

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