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Shelly's Back Room

1331 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202.737.3003
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Ranked #527 of 2,650 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $15 - $20
Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat 1:00 pm - 3:00 am
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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English first
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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38 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Columbia, Maryland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This was a convenient location near our hotel (The W). It is primarily a cigar bar, so my annoyance with the smoke is somewhat unfair. The food was tasty, but nothing special. The service was just okay, and the prices were a little steep, given the quality. The aesthetics were nice, and the ventilation was pretty good, considering. As a... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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34 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Found Shelly's while wondering downtown. It is a very nice cigar bar. Food was also good. My only complaint is that it is very noisy. It was difficult to hear each other at our table. The crab dip is very good and they have a well rounded selection of cigars.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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58 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My friend and I were looking for something relatively quick to eat and drink prior to going to the theater. We approached Shelly's because it didn't seem too crowded as compared to the other two bars we investigated. We had an hour before the show. We entered the place ( two women) and discovered quickly that it was a cigar... More

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Went here for a late night dinner and cigar. The atmosphere was laid back and relaxed. As a cigar aficionado, I could appreciate the decor but thought they could do a better job with the ventilation. Nonetheless the drinks and foods are not overpriced but the food choices are limited. The waitresses were very nice and complied with my every... More

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Sherman, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Stopped by Shelly's after dinner for a drink and a cigar. Certainly not the most inexpensive venue to have a drink, but when you combine the beautiful décor, full bar and tasty cigars.....it is always on my to do list when I am in DC. Folks are always nice and service is always great. No complaints here!

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Easton
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30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We'd spent a few hours walking and visiting the monuments & memorials and wanted a place to sit and relax over beers... this was a great place to do it. The beer selection was varied and the service was fast, cold beverages arrived still frosty. We chose to sit in the non-smoking dining room and it was truly smoke free.... More

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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51 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had some afternoon hours to kill before I could check into my hotel and get dinner. Shelly's provided the ideal place to camp out, have a few drinks and smoke a cigar. Thankfully, I had my own cigars because they do charge a premium for their offerings.

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