Neighborhood Hang – The Good Silver

A laid back and sightly neighborhood joint, the Good Silver provides a friendly setting and some nice booze.

Ambiance: ***1/2

Decor: ****

Cocktails: ***1/2

Service: ****

Overall: 3.75

It was one of those classic October days in DC: leaves changing color, pumpkin spice lattes in hand, and 100% humidity. Yuck, seriously – I swore we were through with the stick-to-ya heat!

Strolling up the 11th Street restaurant row, I sought refuge from the burning fall sun in The Good Silver, a relatively new spot that replaced the dearly departed Kangaroo Boxing Club. The bar is small and homey, with an eye-catching and comfortable decor: black and white photos, blue and yellow wall paper (they love Michigan here) and dark wood brought me back to a stately New England inn. A TV and screen are there for you, if sports is your thing. The Silver is also fronted by a nice outdoor seating section, perfect for taking in the peppy and young 11th Street on a positively balmy fall evening.

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In addition to cocktails, I’m also a student of bar rest rooms (the Red Derby’s are the best) so I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shoutout to the Silver’s use of framed Calvin and Hobbes and Far Side strips. Indisputably the greatest comic strips in world history, they offer some good reading opportunities.

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The Good Silver provides a simple and crowd-pleasing cocktail list featuring house-made shrubs and local ingredients including Cotton and Read rum. Out of the five we tried, I picked two as standouts.

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I started the revelry with the eye-catching “Nana’s Vengeance” with Old Grand Dad bourbon, lime cordial, and house tonic. This concoction was a bit empty, sadly, with a cold lime and bourbon burn that never really sparked. Fine on a hot day but nothing to brag about. Next up was the “Lemongrass Ice Pick” with Civic vodka, honey ginger syrup, lime, and iced tea. Basically a spiked sweet tea, this was nice, soft, and went down easy, but was unremarkable.

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My favorite drink at the Good Silver was the “Clankin’ Coconuts” with rum, pineapple, orange juice, and coconut. It’s an up-front and pleasant tiki drink, but I really loved how the coconut herb bounced off the stringent orange juice – that was a nice sensation I hadn’t really experienced before. Throw in some rum, and you’re doing really well. Then I sipped another standout, the “Life of Bundy” with Cotton and Reed rum, bourbon, lime cordial, and ginger beer. This was a nice surprise with a great, resonant bourbon and sugar rum burn that clicks so well with the poppy lift of the ginger. Liked it.

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My finale was a brunch-with-spice drink, a “Shrubmosa” with prosecco and ginger honey syrup (you can pick any syrup you’d like). This is a serviceable and enjoyable brunch drink with a bit more flair than your average mimosa. It’s fresh and a nice way to start a prolonged fall brunching sessions with friends. And that was that – so if you’re marching up 11th Street in November and sweat is pouring from your brown, stop in to the Good Silver and take in the neighborhood. And drinks.

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