By Danielle Turner
The DC area’s restaurant scene has evolved in recent years and the cocktail scene is keeping pace. Designer cocktails are no longer simply an accessory to a meal. They’re taking center stage at bars, speakeasies and soda shops around town where the drinks are the main event.
2 birds 1 stone
1800 14th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20009
Adam Bernbach’s star shines brightly at 2 birds 1 stone, a vibrant cocktail bar where bartenders pour up classic cocktails alongside original creations prepared with the finest ingredients. The weekly cocktail menu is literally a work of art as Bernbach, an award-winning bar director, draws each one by hand. Curated craft beers and wines and fine spirits are also available to order but try a Hanky Panky, gin, vermouth and fernet, for a real treat.
728 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Stepping into PX is like traveling back in time to an era when cocktails were forbidden and speakeasies clandestine. No sign marks the spot at PX; a blue light and plain door are the only advertisement this speakeasy needs. Master mixologist Todd Thrasher’s sophisticated cocktail menu – think mojitos made with champagne instead of rum – features drinks made with house-made juices and some house-made sodas. With room for a mere 25 guests, PX takes intimacy and exclusivity to a new level. It’s so exclusive, even the ice cubes are special. Look for 1 1/4-inch-square cubes in most drinks and flavored ice in others.
Buffalo & Bergen
1309 5th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
You’ll find family friendly beverages at Drink Genius Gina Chersevani’s Buffalo & Bergen in Union Market. The modern-day soda shop serves up egg cremes, floats, malt and sodas, a delicious blast from the past, in unique flavors like honey-citrus. Not to worry, parents! All of the drinks at Buffalo & Bergen can be made with alcohol! The shop is an homage to the soda shops of Chersevani’s New York roots.
Knishes and bagels are on the menu at Buffalo & Bergen if you need a nibble to enjoy with your drink.