photos by Kate McFadden.
Patrons can choose from tables, bar seat and a downstairs space with a speakeasy feel
Barrel, a new bar specializing in bourbon and rye, will hold a soft opening today starting at 4 pm. Barrel is located at 613 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, formerly the home of the 18th Amendment. What you’ll find inside is a sleek location where you can picture yourself spending a few hours savoring the kind of bourbons you won’t find at most bars. The menu also promises to be a “gotta go back” feature.
In addition to the good stuff aged in barrels, Barrel serves wine and beer and a rotating seasonal menu of cocktails from The Elixir Bar. There you’ll find the “Jack Rudy,” made with a Tanqueray gin but turned on its head after being barrel-aged. I can’t wait to see what warm winter drinks the bar will concoct.
Downstairs you’ll find The Dispensary, home to more than 50 speciality small-batch distillers bottles of bourbon and rye with an occasional white rye, gin or vodka thrown in. This space, designed to evoke Prohibition-era watering holes, is where the liquid gold is held. It includes bottles of Boss Hog by Whistlepig, a 14-16 year aged rye; Pappy, a 23-year old bourbon; or the oldest bottle, Old Blowhard, which was aged in barrels for 26 years. The owners anticipate The Dispensary will be the site of tastings, classes and private events. Bartenders will pour 1 and 2 oz. pours on the reserves. Bring your gold card; remember, you’re drinking liquid gold. [Read more →]
While Hinterland performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel Sunday evening. Photo by Anne Rotty
Oh spring, you are finally here. This weekend we shall celebrate your glory while dodging pollen and blossom-gawking tourists. How do we do it?
Tonight the Argonaut features bluegrass band Only Lonesone.
The Hill Center features guitarist Richard Miller and his ensemble Choro de Manhã for an evening of Brazilian Choro music. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are available here. [Read more →]
Tags: Arts·Capitol Hill·Events·FUN·To Do List
The nominations rolled in, readers votes, and the Washington City Paper has finally announced it’s list of the “Best of D.C.” for 2014. I was so proud last night at the announcement party to read the list and see so many Hill businesses represented. It certainly supports our neighborhood’s win for “Best Neighborhood.”
Congratulations to all of the businesses who were nominate and to those who won! Thank you for all you do to help make this neighborhood so fabulous! You can find a full list of winners after the jump. [Read more →]
Tags: best neighborhood·Best of DC·business
Capitol Hill! You sure like your bars! This second installment of BAR MADNESS was a lot of fun. You Tweeted, you Facebooked, and you brought out the troops in grand style. You supported your favorites in this dire task: we mourned together the defeats of so many favorites, including this last bloody mano-a-mano between the rookie and the veteran.
Alas, there can only be one winner (although you are ALL WINNERS in our hearts… and livers), so without further ado, let us congratulate…
Oh, what the heck! JUMP FOR THE WINNER!
Tags: bar madness·bars·Beuchert's Saloon·favorite bars·FUN·ncaa·Nightlife
Photo by María Helena Carey, via Flickr.
They’re here, they’re really here! Jump up and down, clink glasses of bubbly and celebrate spring — and snap some shots for our Flickr group while you’re at it.
Tags: cherry blossoms·Hill's Eye View