In a city of partisan gridlock — and literal gridlock — sometimes a good drink is needed to help take the edge off. Luckily, Washington, D.C. is a city fueled by cocktails, thanks to a dynamic community of talented bartenders and patrons who flock to bars whether it’s happy hour or last call.
From bars specializing in pisco or whiskey to a historic hotel bar with political ties, here are options to kick back and sip an old fashioned over shared secrets, or drink locally with D.C.’s very own signature cocktail, The Rickey.
At these excellent cocktail bars and restaurants, you will find some of the best cocktails The District has to offer. And we’ve included our preferred drink picks, a bit of pro-tip service for you.