Food & Drink

Whiskey wars: sizing up 4 new brown liquor bars

Published On 05/23/2014 Published On 05/23/2014
Whiskey Wars DC
All Photos: Laura Hayes
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1. Barrel 613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Capitol Hill)

If you're in Capitol Hill and you like bourbon, this Southern bar is for you. The bar menu features two full pages of bourbon varieties, and if brown water is too strong for you, there are also 16 domestic beers on tap, and a few wines. The two-level space includes a downstairs hideaway called Elixir Bar, where you can scan shelf after shelf of the impressive whiskey collection. Though Barrel is definitely a drinking spot, the kitchen serves a menu of Southern comfort-inspired food like fried chicken, mac & cheese, and bacon fried rice.

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2. The Dignitary 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Mount Vernon Sq)

The Dignitary is a swanky whiskey den located inside the Marriot Marquis hotel in DC's Mt. Vernon Square. Settle into some studded leather couches, order up one of their presidentially named cocktails or just a glass of your favorite bourbon, and enjoy.

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3. Rebellion 1836 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20019 (Dupont Circle)

Rebellion is a casual, whiskey-soaked joint where you can enjoy a killer patio, over 150 whiskeys, a ton of beer, and tasty bar food like burgers, ribs, and wings.

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4. Rí Rá Georgetown / Whiskey Room 3125 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Georgetown)

Ri Ra Georgetown has hearty Irish pub fare, 16 taps and up to 100 bottles of fine craft beers, and a whole floor dedicated to a special brown liquor oasis -- The Whiskey Room has 200+ whiskeys, simple but high-quality cocktails, and a ton of knowledge behind the bar to guide you on your boozy travels.