Back then, my college friends liked: 'The Third' (Edition), Garrett's, Sign of the Whale, Flaps or perhaps Whitey's in Old Town. My softball friends liked Sammy's (Samantha's), The Black Rooster, or the Aussie or New Zealand Embassies (if we were invited!). -Don't forget that great hole in the wall next that that slightly larger 'Postie' hole in the wall The Post Pub. It was a tiny little thing more at home in NE or SE called The Night Cap. -Don't remember The Night Cap? Your loss.
Back in those days, Georgetown and the rest of DC were a little more hole-in-the-wall and less Rodeo Drive. Fewer chains and more character. Alot of these bars were moldy, dark dives and got hot and crowded on Friday nights. But wouldn't you prefer those to prepackaged 'concept' bars with the character of airport Applebees? Yep.