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1331 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Ranked #483 of 2,721 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $15 - $20
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat 1:00 pm - 3:00 am
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Dining options: Late Night
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Williamsburg, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I have visited Shelly's over a dozen times in the past 3 years and the experience has always been the same--comfortable and relaxed atmosphere to smoke a cigar, any beverage you desire (an excellent one malt scotch selection), and well above average food. You can buy cigars from a varied selection or bring your own. I am constantly amazed at... More 

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Justin R, Public Relations Manager at Shelly's Back Room, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the very kind review. We hope to see you again when you are back in DC! More 

Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I am consistently amazed of the number of reviewers who will complain and decry Shelly's Tavern due to the smoking. It is a rarity among establishments and a great cigar lounge in the center of DC. 1400 restaurants and bars in metro area with only a handful wherein one can actually relax and smoke a cigar. If you don't like... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We arrive at 7pm to meet an old college buddy that had stumbled across Shelly's during some down time in the city. We looked at it as a chance to smoke cigars and relax with a cocktail or two. We live in Florida where it is illegal to mix tobacco smoke and food in the same establishment unless you want... More 

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Marion, Indiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Found this place on Trip Advisor, and the reviews were spot on! Excellent sandwiches, full-service bar, and a fantastic selection of fine cigars! Don't bring the kids, and if you have smoke allergies, I wouldn't recommend it, but if you love to smoke a good cigar, or even a cigarette following a nice meal, this is IT! I ordered a... More 

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Additional Information about Shelly's Back Room

Address: 1331 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202.737.3003
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: American

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