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    Headed to DC

    Hey SBers. On my way to DC. Any recommendations for good bourbon and or cocktails? Any bottle shops to check out? I'm sure a store up there is pricey. Thanks.

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    Re: Headed to DC

    Quote Originally Posted by JGriff View Post
    Hey SBers. On my way to DC. Any recommendations for good bourbon and or cocktails? Any bottle shops to check out? I'm sure a store up there is pricey. Thanks.

    Somebody recently wrote a nice review of their experience at Jack Rose recently but I can't put my electronic finger on it at the moment. It is pretty much the place for bourbon (and whiskey in general) variety in DC although some of the rare stuff will cost a pretty penny, not that it should come as any surprise.

    Ah, here it is.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: Headed to DC

    The bar I was going to tell you to go to apparently closed last month! D'oh!

    Darn urban redevelopment...apparently that block has been designated for some big new development so the bar lost its lease.

    It was called The Passenger. Top notch cocktails, generous pours (I'm pretty sure they gave me a 4 ounce pour the last time I was there...of 12 yr Willett at >120 proof...I was stumbling out)

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    The bar at Acadiana (9th and New York NW) has a pretty good bourbon selection (prices aren't too bad) but it's a fun place to get a drink. The flight is a fun way to try a few new bourbons. Here's a link to the menu

    There's also a place called The Pig that does a rotating $8 flight during happy hour. And their happy hour pulled pork sandwich is really good too.

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    Re: Headed to DC

    Thanks! Will try to navigate the snow to one of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGriff View Post
    Thanks! Will try to navigate the snow to one of these.
    Definitely a lovely night in DC. Acadiana is pretty Metro convenient to the 9th and G exit of Chinatown/Gallery Place.

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    Wash DC stores can set their own prices. If you are staying "downtown" (say, any hotel in the box between 10th & 25th NW and E & R NW), ask the concierge where the closest half dozen liquor stores are and go browse. If you are "North" of Rock Creek Park, check out Sherry's (www.sherryswine.com) at 2627 Connecticut Avenue NW. It has competitive prices and extensive offerings of bourbons, Canadians, and scotches. Further up Connecticut is Calvert-Woodley (www.calvertwoodley.com) 4439 Connecticut Avenue NW. In Georgetown, Plain Old Pearsons (www.pearsonswine.com) at 2436 Wisconsin Avenue NW has a fair selection. As I said, however, do NOT pass by hole-in-the-wall liquor stores, especially downtown.

    In Adams Morgan (18th St and Columbia Road NW) check out 'Bourbon' which is the name of a bar/restaurant that has an exceptional selection on two floors. Of course, Jack Rose . . .

    Finally, be sure to wander through your hotel's bar - more than once I've been surprised.

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    Re: Headed to DC

    Ended up at Jack Rose. Great spot and saying they have a wide selection is an understatement. Had a blast and got to sip on a number of bottles I doubt I'll ever own. Jefferson 18 SW juice was a highlight for me. Thanks for the recommendation. Also had an excellent old fashioned at founding farmers. Tried some older Willett and PH there. Great trip and great city.

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    Heading there in April and hoping to get to Jack Rose, I believe I heard I could enjoy a cigar there as well.
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    Re: Headed to DC

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry in WashDC View Post
    Wash DC stores can set their own prices. If you are staying "downtown" (say, any hotel in the box between 10th & 25th NW and E & R NW), ask the concierge where the closest half dozen liquor stores are and go browse. If you are "North" of Rock Creek Park, check out Sherry's (www.sherryswine.com) at 2627 Connecticut Avenue NW. It has competitive prices and extensive offerings of bourbons, Canadians, and scotches. Further up Connecticut is Calvert-Woodley (www.calvertwoodley.com) 4439 Connecticut Avenue NW. In Georgetown, Plain Old Pearsons (www.pearsonswine.com) at 2436 Wisconsin Avenue NW has a fair selection. As I said, however, do NOT pass by hole-in-the-wall liquor stores, especially downtown.

    In Adams Morgan (18th St and Columbia Road NW) check out 'Bourbon' which is the name of a bar/restaurant that has an exceptional selection on two floors. Of course, Jack Rose . . .

    Finally, be sure to wander through your hotel's bar - more than once I've been surprised.
    Do you know if any of the liquor stores you mentioned are particularly expensive? I thought that Schneider's was quite expensive overall, but some of the smaller stores were not. Then there was one store on Dupont Circle that had an insane selection of stuff, but was also insanely priced.

 

 

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