The underground whiskey watering hole is as exclusive as they get. Tuesday through Thursday seating comes on a first-come first-serve basis, while Friday through Saturday you can make reservations through texts only. However, try to get here on a Tuesday night, because bartender Lukas Smith creates five to six one-night-only cocktails. The dark, secretive speakeasy is located in the basement of Jack Rose Whiskey Saloon, and the cocktails are unbeatable in taste and creativity. Go for their signature ‘Ode to Omaha,’ made with a hickory smoked rum and served in a glass with a large ice cube. It’s so popular that there is also a two drink minimum.
Address & phone number: 2007 18th NW Washington, DC 20009 202-607-1572
ChurchKey is favored for its fantastic beer selection and its chic modern slash medieval style. You can find almost any style of beer here, such as light Belgians. From bold, herbal and citric blends to toasty and nutty flavors, ChurchKey makes the most of their international and domestic brews and bottles from treasured craft breweries to idiosyncratic European labels.
Address & phone number: 1337 14th St NW 2nd Fl Washington, DC 20005 202-567-2576
D.C.’s Wisdom bar hosts some fabulous, unique cocktails that are masterfully crafted. They specialize in imported beers, hard to find wines, an extensive list of Absinthe, and non-alcoholic ‘cocktails’ to give your night that special feeling. Don’t forget to grab some of their absinthe to really take advantage of the chic boutique and French-inspired atmosphere.
Address & phone number: 1432 Pennsylvania Ave SE Washington, DC 20003 202-543-2323
Located only steps from the White House, Old Ebbit Grill is a staple among D.C. foodies. The seafood restaurant happens to host some of the finest cocktails in the city and it’s perfect to stop by just for drinks for a nightcap. They have a range of inventive and classic cocktails. Try the unique pumpkin capirinha or the far east mule, and while you’re here also take a look at their decent whiskey list and wines you can get by the glass or bottle.
Address & phone number: 675 15th St NW Washington, DC 20005 202-347-4800