Washingtonians love to get their drink on. Cocktails are the most popular with some of the best house infusions and exclusive crafts in these best new bars that opened in 2013.
Barmini by José Andrés
855 E St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Chef José Andrés’ popular Minibar is a Washington, DC treat that is booked for a month in advance. It’s prized as a place where the chefs can truly try the latest in culinary inventions. Barmini is now an extension of that concept for cocktails. Reservations are set for two-hour intervals where you pretty much trust your bartender to make something delicious that you’ll love or you can search through an extensive list of cocktails. Small bites are available as well.
1410 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Bringing a dive bar with craft whiskey to Logan Circle, Darren Norris’ Black Whiskey, chef and owner of Kushi Izakaya & Sushi Restaurant, offers beer, food and, of course, whiskey. With a community atmosphere, Black Whiskey offers music and a free pool table. There are plenty of small-batch whiskeys to sample, craft cocktails and draught beers. The menu is not a set menu as it’s really meant to be more of a drinking bar, but the brick walls and wooden bars will make you feel at home.
1017 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Tropical drinks abound at the newest bar from Tom Brown of the Passenger next door. Located adjacent to the Convention Center, Hogo features a tiki bar menu with an upscale atmosphere. Its cocktails range from the usual tropical drinks like mojitos to scorpion bowls that are constantly changing. The menu features a rotating guest chef from new and established restaurants that are always trying something new.
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1050 31st St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
With its opulent décor and a $22 Manhattan to match, Rye Bar is all about the whiskey. Located in the Capella Hotel, the service is impeccable as it prepares the best whiskey with care. Rye Bar even serves it over hand-shaved ice made with purified water so that the taste is as it should be. Bar snacks like nuts are complimentary, but for those looking for a bit more, there’s charcuterie boards, desserts and other light bites.
1212 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
This new Italian-inspired bar in the Atlas District features bocce ball. With two bocce courts that are inside the tavern, anyone can enjoy a game for free with a cocktail purchase. It offers a full menu with seasonal Italian cuisine. For brunch, there’s bottomless prosecco and mimosas for only $12. Check out the Vespa-themed décor.
Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.