In DC for one night- DuPont Circle, need a great cocktail and small plates!
- in bocca Jun 26, 2012 02:05 PM
I'll be staying in DC on business in the next 2 weeks and would love nothing more than to sit outside someplace and have an amazing cocktail and some small bites. Please give me some stellar recs.
Hmmm... the places I can think of off the top of my head that have the best cocktails in town (The Columbia Room, The Gibson, PS7) have indoor seating. Estadio has great small plates and just won a Rammy for their cocktail program (I love their alcoholic slushies!) - and has indoor seating.
I love Brasserie Beck for their Belgian beer and moules frites - it has outdoor seating.
Lauriol Plaza has great outdoor seating and horrible Mexican food - I've heard good things about their margaritas and guacamole though. (I've never been.)
How about Cafe St. Ex? It has some outdoor seating and just won a RAMMY for Best Neighborhood Hangout. I've only been once and that was a few years ago. I thought it was just OK, but maybe someone with more recent experience with it can comment.
Directly in Dupont is the new Boqueria, which has really nice outdoor seating. I haven't tried their cocktails yet but I have tried their tapas for lunch and they were really tasty. There is a lamb kabob dish that is amazing!
If you are willing to go to another neighborhood, which is walking distance to Dupont, I would head over to 14th Street. The best place with small plates, delicious cocktails AND outdoor seating is Masa 14. A really fun spot. Latin-Asian fusion small plates.
You can also check out Cork, which has a few tables outdoors. Their focus is more on wine than cocktails though. Make sure not the miss the simple yet delicious avocado and pistachio crostini.
re: shake N baik
At Pearl Dive, I love the raw oysters and the fried oysters but especially these:
Oyster Confit, Blue Crab, Tasso, Roasted Corn
Wood Grilled East Coast Oysters
Garlic, Red Chile Butter, Gremolata
At Estadio, I strongly second the alcoholic slushies - love them! I ate at Estadio most recently with several friends so I had the chance to taste a lot of items, none of which blew me away. We didn't have the pan con tomate nor the kale, however.
I second Boqueria. I would also add that if you are willing to leave Dupont, Zaytinya has a nice outdoor patio- more than just a few tables outside, good small plates and very good cocktails.
I ate recently at Cashion which, admittedly, is up a tiny bit from Dupont Circle so it might depend on where you are staying but the food was excellent and the bartender made good drinks. Very neighborhoody sort of setting with bar, indoor and outdoor seating.