From November 12 through November 18, area restaurants are offering some of their finest cocktails paired with tasty bites for a set price. Over 60 bars and restaurants are participating in D.C. Cocktail Week. Here are six cocktail and bite pairings worth trying.
The unique City Winery serves as a fully functioning winery, holding private events, classes, concerts, and dining. Unlike most wineries, the facility is located in the middle of a city. Their Civic Sunset cocktail is made with civic vodka, lemon juice and rosemary simple syrup. The cocktail’s presentation is topped with a City Winery Meritage float and garnished with an orange wheel. The cocktail is complemented by an Amuse Bouche with a bleu cheese mousse in phyllo and roasted apples. 1350 Okie St. NE, Washington, D.C., 202-250-2531
This French-American restaurant will be serving a seasonally appropriate cocktail called “Smoke on the Water.” The drink has a bourbon base, smoked with hickory and hints of autumnal cinnamon and clove. It’s paired with a pork belly rillon with Dijon and frisée salad for the perfect fall duo. 931 H St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-965-7660
Logan Circle’s local neighborhood café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a daily happy hour. Their cocktail week pairing will skip fall and go straight to celebrating the impending holiday season. The special "Sugar Plum Fairy" cocktail is made with a red plum infused bourbon, sugar, and spice syrup. The food pairing is a butternut squash tart made with caramelized onions, goat cheese, and fried sage. 1443 P St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-299-0018
The hip Eastern Market restaurant has a jukebox, house-cured meats, and green plates. The featured cocktail “Zombie Zoo” is named after a 1989 Tom Petty song. The drink is based on the classic Eva Peron beverage—mixed with Fernet Branca, Foro Amaro, habanero, ginger and lime. The Zombie Zoo is served with a crispy chicken confit cigar. 415 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C., 202-847-4827
The laid-back sports bar and pub is offering two cocktail choices both with the prefix “Playing Politics.” The first, “Fallen Angel,” is made with rye, Luxardo maraschino cherries, and Ancho Chile liqueur. The second, “Lola Bites Back,” is a sweet and spicy drink, with Avion Silver tequila, triple sec, muddle jalapeños, and blueberries. Both are paired with Lola’s Old Bay seasoned wings, perfect for munching on while watching your favorite team. 711 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C., 202-846-7728
James Beard Award nominee chef Edward Lee’s southern soul food joint will be serving the “Hey Peanut!” The warm cocktail is spicy and perfect for cold weather and is made with Eagle Rare bourbon and Yellow Chartreuse liqueur as well as a homemade orgeat (with peanuts!). Paired with a pork belly in an orange glaze, bacon aioli, and brussels sprouts, it’s enough to make a meal. 915 F St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-849-6933