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Aug 21, 2007 02:31 PM

PX in Old Town

I did a quick search and have seen PX mentioned as great for cocktails, but no real reviews of the place. Is it really all it's hyped up to be? Is there some secret knock that gets you in the door? Anyone in the know, please spill.

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  1. You have to knock and dress nicely. If the pirate flag is flying, it means they're open.

    1. You can call ahead and make reservations. We showed up unannounced and they still let us in. It's a fun and quirky place to go. I'd encourage you to order one of the special drinks. I ordered some time of a ginger drink and he had made his own ginger ale! It was strong, but delish! Definately a place to sip, not chug!

      1. Yes. Anywhere Todd Thrasher is, is worth going to. I'd say that PX is one of the only places in DC doing serious cocktails.

        1. Here's the WP's review:

          Weekend reservations are highly recommended. Otherwise, wait at Eammon's for the blue light and pirate flag. Banging at the PX door for 10 minutes like an idiot will not get you in. I have witnessed as much. You don't really have to dress to the nines, but don't be disappointed if you can't get in because of your wearing flipflops and an Old Navy baseball cap.

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          1. re: monkeyrotica

            I believe they only take reservations for one table, though, that only seats four. So on weekends, you're pretty much going to be waiting unless you get lucky by showing up as someone else is leaving. (I tend to go on Wednesdays, when the place is basically deserted. They definitely mix a good drink, but I'm not sure it would be worth a long wait on the weekends.)

          2. To me, it was cool to get in, have a drink, and see what the hype was about. But to me, it's not a place i'd want to sit and have a number of drinks. A group of 4 of us tried 4 different drinks, we all thought they were OK...but still, kind of a neat experience. Lucky for us 4 people were walking out just as we came up to the door!

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            1. re: MDoodle

              If you can find another place in DC who is as serious about their drinks as PX I'd love to know where it is, until then I'm at a loss.

              1. re: jpschust

                Yep, I don't disagree that they are serious about their drinks. I think it was more the vibe of the place...we all felt like we had to be quiet in there, so I think if you want to go there you've got to be in the mood to be very "chill", if you will.

                1. re: MDoodle

                  Oh please! It's a tiny little attic space, not much bigger than the attic in my house, and decorated about the same. It's in Old Town for crying out loud! How "cool" can it be? If you think "knocking on a door" to be let in while the "blue light is on" is cool, then you might actually enjoy hanging out with the other 20-somethings inside who are also pretending to be grownup and in-the-know.

                  1. re: Pappy

                    The space is far from what's impressive, though having room to move around is nice. As far as mixing skills and drink making they are far above anyone else in the DC area.

                    1. re: jpschust

                      The only places that come to mind where the drinks are as well made are Eve and Majestic and Thrasher's running both of those as well. Round Robin bar, Bourbon, and Reef have very good bartenders, but they're really not in the same league.

                      Don't think there's any shortage of places to drink and be loud. I'm just glad PX doesn't have thirty televisions behind the bar, although I'm sure someone has suggested it.