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Shelly's Back Room

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Downtown / Chinatown
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1331 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
202.737.3003
Today
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat 1:00 pm - 3:00 am

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Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Way to Unwind

Lighting a nice cigar is a great way to tell your body and mind to take the next hour off. No worries, no important decisions to be made, the world can jolly well get on without you for a short period. I love the idea of Shelly's, and the atmosphere is wonderful. I took my brother for a special... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
ace4444
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Fairfax, Virginia
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  • Late Night
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Shelly's is one of the great cigar bars in the world. They offer a cigar list that is unparalleled in any equivalent establishment, and back it up with the best scoth and bourbon lists anywhere. If business brings you to the Nation's Capitol make this a mandatory stop on your agenda.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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225 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Lighting a nice cigar is a great way to tell your body and mind to take the next hour off. No worries, no important decisions to be made, the world can jolly well get on without you for a short period. I love the idea of Shelly's, and the atmosphere is wonderful. I took my brother for a special treat... More 

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I absolutely love this place. I am there almost weekly and recommend it to anyone and everyone who does not mind cigar smoke. You would expect the food to be lousy but it is really good (get the grilled wings) and, contrary to what the guy below said, the service is great. Or at least almost every time I am... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington
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102 reviews 102 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Great cigar lounge, plush leather couches, side tables, very comfy particularly if it's cold/damp/chilly outside. Fun 'covert' cigar lockers inside as well, got a kick out of some club names. Nice wood paneling, feels like an old speakeasy club. Easy to sit, smoke and swill for HOURS.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Best (only?) cigar bar in DC! I hit this place whenever I am in DC on business and it never disappoints. And the pub food is surprizingly good!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Been here 3 times now with my husband. Two times they weren't that busy and the smoke was very well ventilated. This last time we went, it was very busy, so the smoke was a little overwhelming for me, but not so bad you couldn't tolerate it. We typically sit on a sofa if available, but we decided to sit... More 

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guangzhou china
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Loved the old fashioned club vibe. Excellent choices of whiskeys and cigars. I am allergic to smoke and was fine thanks to their good ventilation system. Attentive service and friendly. We wound up staying for a light dinner which was also enjoyable.

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Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I have been here so many times over the years, and I don't ever plan to stop. Love the cigars. Love the food. Love the drinks. The social atmosphere is one of the best of a cigar lounge that I have found in my travel. A definite must in DC.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

My friend and I had an excellent time at Shelly's Back Room. They do things right in every area - food, drink, and cigars. Our burger special and salad with chicken was quite tasty. We had very good beer that was on tap. As a longtime cigar aficionado, I was impressed with their selection of cigars. Service was efficient and... More 

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Magnolia, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Come for the experience, stay for the selection, return for the fun. This was our first trip to Shelly's and we will be back. Our friends had been telling us about Shelly's and explained it had to be on our sites while visiting DC. This is a very relaxed place with an incredible menu of cigars and Scotch. I'm sure... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1331 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 202.737.3003

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
1:00 pm - 3:00 am

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