DC’s game-changing cocktail lounge Columbia Room is back—with more space and more ideas to match.
The Columbia Room set the city’s craft cocktail movement in motion in 2010, and now it’s clearing paths once again as it reopens in DC’s hottest foodie ’hood, Shaw. The new Blagden Alley location has five times the square footage—a boon to devotees who had trouble snagging one of the 10 reservation-only seats in the original space—but the hot ticket is the 40-seat punch garden, which promises to be the voguish place to get fresh air this spring. “We’ll serve lighter and fresher drinks using ingredients from the garden,” says Angie Salame, who co-owns the bar with Derek Brown. Together they’ll reveal the best of the season by serving tipples spiked with homegrown herbs and vegetables, including Kentucky Colonel mint and an herbaceous flower called sweet woodruff, which mingles with Riesling in the bar’s May Wine concoction. Guests can choose from a selection of 12 punch cocktails, mostly served in bottles, in the garden, or pop into the tasting room to try other sublime creations, like The Watercourse Way made with Japanese whiskey, sherry, bergamot-infused honey, lime, egg white, and red sandalwood powder. 124 Blagden Alley NW, 202-316-9396