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Where to Find Tiki Drinks in D.C. (news articles)
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Posted: 15 days ago; 07:46 am   Permalink

An article from the Drink D.C. website showing that tiki drinks are becoming popular in multiple locations around Washington D.C.


A few notes that I will add:

1) this does not list the places in the nearby D.C. suburbs which are favored by some (i.e. Foong Lin in Bethesda, The Majestic summer tiki menu in Old Town Alexandria) But it is a worthy start if you find yourself staying in downtown D.C. and don't want to trek out too far.

2) I have been to all of these but Dirty Martini, and can definitely recommend all but that one. What is especially impressive is that for all of these places you can also get a well done craft cocktails in the non-tiki styles if you want to be more adventurous and break away from the tiki genre - indeed, some of my favorites at these places are the non-tiki drinks. Several places have smaller speakeasy type bars in their basement levels (Dram & Grain in the lower level of Jack Rose, Two Birds One Stone located underneath Doi Moi)

3) There are many other craft-cocktail places in D.C. which will at times have excellent tiki drinks on their menu - sometimes only one, often 3 or more . . . it depends on the time of the year. D.C. does have a very active cocktail scene, and tiki cocktails are a part of this.

4) It is unfortunate that Hogo is closing - they had some very clever and tasty cocktails, and I will definitely miss the place when it closes (less than one month away)



When summer in the city starts to get unbearably hot, you might start dreaming of a tropical island getaway where you can cool off in the Pacific and sip fruity cocktails garnished with fresh flowers. You might not be able to hop the next flight to Fiji or Hawaii, but you can certainly find the best thing — deliciously exotic rum punches served in glasses that evoke Polynesian carvings. Though tiki culture isn’t exactly authentic — it was created in the post World War II fascination with all things Pacific — that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun, kitschy, and refreshing. So put on a lei and a Hawaiian shirt and get yourself to these great bars with tiki cocktails.

Hogo: A list of tiki cocktails in the nation’s capital that didn’t include the sister bar to perennial favorite Passenger would be a huge oversight — Hogo is the District’s only 100% tiki bar. Unfortunately, the Washington Post Going Out Guide revealed recently that Hogo is closing in August, which means you have two months to get yourself over there to sample some of their tropical magic. Try their epic Volcano Bowl garnished with fresh flowers and fire, or the rotating selection of creative rum cocktails (some garnished with tiny monkeys!) What are you waiting for? (1017 7th St NW; 202-393-1313)

Bar Charley: This quirky and cozy Dupont bar offers up two delicious tiki cocktails on tap: The Fogcutter, a boozy mix of rum, pisco, gin, orgeat, orange juice, lemon, and sherry, and the Suffering Bastard with gin, bourbon, lime, house ginger beer, and Angostura bitters. Tiki-on-tap is only $5 during happy hour. (1825 18th St. NW; 202-627-2183)

Barmini: Next to Jose Andres’s swanky Minibar is this little “culinary cocktail lab,” which has put a sophisticated polish on what are usually thought of as spring break drinks. Try the The Painkiller, made with spiced rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and orange juice. (855 E St NW; 202-393-4451)

Farmers, Fishers, Bakers: This K St farm-to-table has enough tiki cocktails on their menu to sort by category: Zombies, Mai Tais, Scorpions, Daquiris, and Swizzles—rum-based cocktails stirred with decorative swizzle sticks. Many of their drinks are throwbacks to the golden age of tiki cocktails, like the Don the Beachcomber circa 1937 Mai Tai (Appleton, Bacardi, and Demerara rums, lime juice, grapefruit juice, honey syrup, ginger syrup, house-made falernum and bitters) or the Circa 1964 Zombie (rum blend, lime juice, grapefruit juice, cinnamon syrup, FF zombie mix, and house-made falernum syrup). (3000 K Street NW; 202-298-8783)

Jack Rose Dining Saloon: Known for its whiskey selection and wine expertise, this classy Adams Morgan hangout also specializes in classic tiki cocktails, best enjoyed at their rooftop bar with a grass-thatched hut. Travel to the islands with a cold Singapore Sling (gin, cherry herring, Cointreau, Benedictine, pineapple, lime, grenadine, angostura bitters) or the Imperial Shandy (tequila, lime, orange juice, Combier, imperial lager float). Stop by for Tiki Thursdays when all tiki sips and Polynesian-style appetizers are half off. (2007 18th Street NW; 202-588-7388)

Dirty Martini: You’re likely to see plenty of suits and high heels at this upscale Dupont cocktail lounge, but head upstairs to their rooftop tiki bar to kick your shoes off. They offer up the classics like a strong Mai Tai, or try the The Fish House Punch, with Myers Dark Jamaican Rum,Hardy VS Cognac, fresh lime & lemon juice & homemade gum syrup, served in a Collins glass with lime wheel. (1223 Connecticut Ave NW; 202-503-2640)

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Posted: 15 days ago; 07:51 am   Permalink

Here is one more place, Doi Moi, offering tiki drinks in Washington D.C. this summer.

Doi Moi has become one of my favorite restaurants, with inventive, and often very hot, Vietnamese inspired food.



Doi Moi is revamping its cocktail program for the summer, and the result will be Scorpion bowls, Pina Coladas and daiquiris.

Bar director Adam Bernbach is using the warm weather to play with some of his favorite cocktails (he considers the Pina Colada to be quite underrated) and to emphasize how well Tiki drinks can pair with spicy Asian cuisine. Look for classic Tiki drinks like the Mai Tai and the Suffering Bastard, plus some under-the-radar offerings and original spins.

Update: Drinks will be $12-$14 each; the bowls are $35. The new menu will debut in full come July 1.

Pina Colada - Dark Rum, Pineapple, Coconut, Lime
Mai Tai - Aged Rum, Curacao, Orgeat, Simple Syrup, Lime
Zombie – Aged, Gold & 151 Rums, Falernum, Cinnamon Syrup, Grenadine, Absinthe, Angostura Bitters, Grapefruit
Fog Cutter - White Rum, Gin, Cognac, Orange & Lemon Juices, Amontillado Sherry Float
El Diablo - Blanco Tequila, Cassis, Ginger Beer, Lime
Suffering Bastard- Bourbon, Gin, Ginger Beer, Angostura Bitters, Lime
Bizzy Izzy - Oloroso Sherry, Rye Whiskey, Pineapple, Lemon
Devil's Grin – Silver Oat Whiskey, Campari, Amaretto, Cane Syrup, Lime
Straw Hat #2 - Pisco, Islay Scotch Whisky, Cocchi Americano, Lime Bitters
Untitled - Peanut-infused Bourbon, Tamarind Soda
Banana Daiquiri - Dark Rum, Banana Liqueur, Banana Syrup, Lime
Scorpion Bowl - Gold Rum, Gin, Cognac, Orgeat, Simple Syrup, Orange & Lime

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Posted: 15 days ago; 07:58 am   Permalink

I'm impressed - one returns from a vacation, and finds all sorts of articles promoting tiki cocktails in the Washington D.C. area . . .

Here is one more article listing three places to get a much-better-than-average pina colada. I've had the one at Two Birds One Stone - it is superb.



Piña coladas are more often appreciated by Banana Boat–slathered sun seekers than serious cocktail connoisseurs. That’s a shame, says DGS Delicatessen Beverage Director Brian Zipin, because “the piña colada along with the Mai Tai are the two greatest drinks in the world, in my opinion—except for Manhattans.” Zipin and a number of other top bartenders around D.C. are revisiting the tropical tipple this summer, using freshly squeezed juices and other unique flourishes. Here are three places to indulge your inner beach bum while still feeling like a sophisticated drinker.

Doi Moi/2 Birds 1 Stone
Price: $14
Bar Manager Adam Bernbach’s long-standing piña colada at 2 Birds 1 Stone recently migrated upstairs to sister restaurant Doi Moi as one of a dozen new tiki-inspired drinks. His current version combines daily juiced pineapple with white and light brown sugar, coconut milk, and fresh lime juice. The mixture is put through a siphon, which adds a slight frizzante quality, before it’s combined with El Dorado Rum. Bernbach switches up the ingredients throughout the year, sometimes using roasted pineapple or an aged rum that he infuses with vanilla, cinnamon, and toasted black pepper.

Price: $8
This frozen piña colada is served out of a refurbished 1960s Airstream trailer parked in front of Union Market. Owner Gina Chersevani’s plastic cup cocktail includes cold-pressed pineapple juice, Thai coconut milk or young baby coconut (depending on availability), cardamom simple syrup, Flor de Caña rum, and Caña Brava rum. If you’re not a purist, get it swirled with one of Suburbia’s other frozen cocktails, which have recently included a mint julep, blackberry daiquiri, and grapefruit margarita.

DGS Delicatessen
Price: $10
This Dupont Circle Jewish deli recently debuted its piña colada for a one-off “Summer in the Catskills”-themed cocktail menu, but the drink is sticking around for the summer. Zipin combines fresh pineapple with lime, El Dorado Spiced Rum, Cruzan Coconut Rum, and angostura bitters over ice, then garnishes it with caramelized grilled pineapple. “If you use good ingredients, all these old cocktails are delicious,” Zipin says.

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