So there was big news in the DC cocktail world recently – our very own Columbia Room, sort of DC’s de-facto flagship, won Best American Cocktail Bar at the Spirits Award last month! With DC’s sports teams failing in often spectacular fashion to bring home a title for over two decades, this is a welcome… Read More A Trip Down Daiquiri Lane at the Columbia Room
A beautiful new gem of a seafood restaurant in southeast DC, Salt Line offers a relaxed riverfront setting and a surprisingly strong battery of cocktails. Ambiance: **** Decor: ****1/2 Cocktails: ****1/2 Service: **** Overall: 4.25 Perhaps it was the bright summer sun, perhaps it was the good company, perhaps it was the river breeze, but memories… Read More Cocktails Along the Anacostia – The Salt Line
If you visit as many cocktail bars as I do, you’ll often find yourself studying the bartender’s process and wondering – could I do that? Like, could I make dozens of fairly complex drinks, bring boozy joy to everyone around me, and not have anyone wretch or go into shock? The idea germinates like a… Read More How to Throw a Cocktail Party in 137 Easy Steps
This week I’m reviewing Spain in Our Hearts, Adam Hochschild’s history of foreign volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. Hochschild’s description of the idyllic Spanish countryside, along with DC’s customary stifling heat, got me thinking about simple cocktails that both refresh and evoke visions of olive groves and green foothills. First up was the “Marianito” a simple three-part… Read More Spanish Anarchism and Cocktails
Whenever a friend asks yours truly “what’s your favorite cocktail bar in DC?” I’m always quick to answer “it’s not in DC, but the best in the area is Captain Gregory’s.” From its sophisticated ambiance to its list’s flawless combination of whiz-bang experimentation and stunningly good tastes, the Captain is a must-visit. Simply put, if… Read More Advanced Tiki at Captain Gregory’s
Lending some more class and power to Bloomingdale, Truxton Inn is a great spot to socialize and skim through some classic cocktails and paperbacks. Ambiance: ****1/2 Decor: ****1/2 Cocktails: **** Service: **** Overall: 4.25 As a fan of McLellan’s Retreat in Dupont, I was excited to hear that the folks behind that darkened haunt were starting a new spot in… Read More Neighborhood Power – Truxton Inn
This week I’m reviewing Richard Snow’s riveting new history of the Battle of Hampton Roads, which got me in the mood to make up some old school naval cocktails. And you really can’t get more old school or naval than Grog, the first cocktail of the ocean seas! Grog, for those poor souls unitiated in Royal Navy/alcohol… Read More It’s a Grog Party!