Best Hot Drinks in DC

September 26, 2012 6:00 AM

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hotchocolate Best Hot Drinks in DC

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As the weather starts to get colder, D.C.’s restaurants are heating up the drink selections to warm you up. Whether it’s hot chocolate, sake or cider that you’re craving, these foodie spots have just the right hot drink to keep you warm through the cold season. These hot drinks promise all of the deliciousness, flavor and excitement that can fit in a cup. Keeping you warm in even the most blistering cold, these restaurants tempt with the tastiest hot drinks in D.C.

Locolat Cafe
1781 Florida Ave. Northwest Suite A
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 518-2570

Chocolate lovers have found their heaven at Locolat Cafe in Dupont Circle. With five varieties of hot chocolate to choose from, there is a hot sweet beverage to satisfy everyone’s chocolate desires. Locolat Cafe promotes indulgence with generous portions of the finest and most luxurious in Belgian chocolate, and it doesn’t skimp with the hot chocolate either. Drink up with milk and real chocolate — no instant powder in water here. When you’re in need of a feel-good pick-me-up try any one of the hot chocolate selections at Locolat Cafe to warm you up and satisfy your chocolate cravings.

Paul Bakery
801 Pennsylvania Ave. Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 524-4500

Hailing from the U.K., Paul graces downtown Washington with the richest in caffeinated pleasures. Coffee takes on new life with these decadent cold-season, warm-you-to-the-core creations. Served in adorable over-sized mugs, Paul’s cappuccinos maintain a rich flavor complex with sweet notes and bold undertones. Deliciously decadent chocolate croissants are primed to accompany your perfect cup-o-Joe. Paul offers all of the right notes to satisfy your caffeine fix, but you’ll want to linger and indulge your sweet cravings as well.

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The Pug
1234 H St. Northeast
Washington, D.C. 20002

This boxer-themed laid back bar in the heart of H street delivers that favorite cold-weather, warm-me-up drink: hot spiked apple cider. As the weather cools down for fall this seasonal favorite drink returns to The Pug’s menu. The perfect drink to stay warm on a cold night, The Pug’s apple cider is perky with cinnamon, spice and everything nice.

444 7th St. Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-7007

With significant bar/lounge space SEI is the place to indulge in that favorite hot cocktail form the far East: sake. Featuring an extensive selection of the specialty rice wine, SEI is the premier location for an elegant night of sipping sake. With varieties ranging from the very sweet to the very bitter to the very potent, enjoy sake for everyone. SEI’s fun and flirty atmosphere is the perfect place to enjoy a great night of hot sake and cold sushi.

2009 R St. Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-3827

Come for the tea and stay for the delicious Asian-fusion dishes. With a wide variety of teas, including the perky Ginger Zing, Teaism is your one-stop shop for the best tea products to bring home or to just grab a piping hot cup on the go. Whether you like your tea bitter, sweet, floral or fruity, Teaism has the right tea for you. A great spot for the perfect bite to eat to complement your cup of tea, Teaism is geared to keep you warm in the coming cold season.

Related: Best Chocolate Shops In D.C.

Kayleigh Bryant is a D.C. native, traveler, foodie, artist and frequent museum visitor. Her lifelong fascination with art has moved her to explore the themes, techniques and media artists have employed to express their ideas. Kayleigh has earned a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Her work can be found on

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