Whether you love it, hate it, or feel weirdly ambivalent about it, everyone seems to have an opinion on the quickly changing area along 14th St. Which is why you and your friends should sit down and discuss the matter… over cocktails… on 14th St. Specifically, these frosty numbers:
The Picasso at Kapnos
2201 14th St NW; 202.234.5000
The whole-animal spit-roasting spot from Isabella is also cooking up sweet 'tails, like this Templeton rye, aged apple vinegar, raspberry, rhubarb bitters, and mint number. Added bonus: that sweet, sweet metal cup.
The Spicy Mango Margarita at El Centro DF
1819 14th St NW; 202.328.3131
Head downstairs to the Tequileria for this mango margarita w/ Tanteo jalapeno, lime, fresh mango puree, chiles, and ginger, or maybe one or two or 20 of their other 199 tequilas & mezcals.
Maple Derby at Black Jack
1612 14th St NW; 202.986.5225
You'll probably come up with, like, 100 different gambling jokes associated with drinking the Maple Derby (bourbon/ grapefruit/ lime/ ginger/ maple) at Black Jack. Though, sadly, we couldn't think of any.
Pompidou Plombier at Le Diplomate
1610 14th St NW; 202.332.3333
Too many Pompidou Plombiers -- w/ bourbon, crème de cacao, and cold-brew Punt e Mes -- will also, unfortunately, leave you e mess.
TBD at Etto
1541 14th St NW; 202.232.0920
The TBD is basically a Negroni, but they've pretty much already determined it'll be a mix of housemade vermouth, Campari, and Green Hat gin.
Slushitos at Estadio
1520 14th St NW; 202.319.1404
Though it might sound like a frozen Cheetos drink (which, honestly, could either be really great or really horrible), Estadio is actually just putting booze and ice together with either cranberry/ ginger/ brandy/ cava or pistachio/ manzanilla/ sherry/ gin.
Hellfire Sazerac at Black Whiskey
1410 14th St NW; 202.800.8103
So you won't get to play with the flame-throwing atomizer absinthe spray used to make the Hellfire Sazerac w/ Thai chili-infused tincture and rye, BUT they do have free pool, which is, like, almost as awesome.
Dancing in Botafogo at DNV
1155 14th St NW; 202.737.1200
Just below Thomas Circle, DNV is helping to keep that debate going and nerves chilled w/ the frozen Dancing in Botafogo: Leblon cachaca, lime, and basil.
1. Kapnos2201 14th St NW, Washington
2. Bar Pilar1833 14th St NW, Washington
3. El Centro D.F.1819 14th St NW, Washington
4. Black Jack1612 14th St, Washington
5. Ghibellina1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC
6. Le Diplomate1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC
7. Etto1541 14th St NW, Washington
8. Estadio1520 14th St NW, Washington
9. Black Whiskey1410 14th St NW, Washington, DC
10. DNV Rooftop Pool Bar1155 14th St NW, Washington
Chef Mike Isabella's 14th Street Corridor restaurant is a go-to for upscale but reasonably priced Greek food. Open for dinner nightly and brunch on the weekends, Kapnos serves a small-plates menu of spreads, mezze, phyllo pies, and whole roasted meats like lamb, goat, duck, chicken, and suckling pig. There's plenty of seafood as well, given that wood-fire grilled octopus is the house signature. The wine list is stacked with red and whites from Greece and kegged lemonades.
A pioneer of the 14th Street restaurant boom, this comfortable, nautical-themed spot is inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s boat, Pilar, and divided between a downstairs bar that fills up quickly on the weekends, and a low-key restaurant upstairs, where outstanding small plates take center stage (from honey-roasted beet salad to lamb belly bolognese). The 20 or so beers are well-curated but a tad overpriced, so you’re better off opting for a craft cocktail, many of which are mixed with house-made sodas and even include adult slushies, such as the "Violet, You’re Turning Violet," which swirls jalapeño tequila, wild blueberry, pineapple, allspice dram, and ginger into a spicy and sweet concoction.
Seeking a new adventure, the masters behind Masa 14 opened Centro to challenge themselves to capture the energy of Mexico City. That energy, apparently, comes straight from superb tacos and tequila. With three floors of raw concrete, walls adorned with Aztec masks, and tables glossed with vintage Mexican newspapers, Centro is undoubtedly a success -- and that's before we even talk about the menu, which features great fish tacos, chicken tamales, and a host of tequila tasting menus. Mexico City rules.
A sexy bar serving up American grub -- like quality pizzas and sandwiches -- and both fancy 'tails and craft beers.
Ghibellina in Logan Circle is an outstanding gastropub... and it happens to serve some of DC’s best pizza. It combines two stand-out techniques: an atypical mix of flours, and a longer, lower-temperature cooking time (usually three to three-and-a-half minutes in a 500-600 degree oven). These factors prevent this from being boxed in as a "true Neapolitan" pizza; instead, it’s the restaurant’s own take on the style. A little crispier on the bottom, with a little less char, these pizzas are given time to develop that deep, yeasty flavor in the crust. The best part? During the daily happy hour, it’s $8.50. If pizza's not your thing, there's plenty of Tuscan fare on the menu, all do be enjoyed in an industrial, brick-walled space with a marble bar and open kitchen.
Le Diplomate is a Logan Circle brasserie from acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, meaning you can count on its traditional French dishes to be consistently excellent. From hors d'oeuvres like fresh oysters and steak tartare with quail egg to entrees including moules frites and beef bourguignon, the menu is brimming with classic, perfectly executed plates. There's even a killer cheeseburger on a house-baked brioche bun. Be sure to secure a sidewalk seat for that extra Parisian feel.
From the folks behind 2 Amys and Standard, this pizza place is old-fashioned in more than just its name -- Etto is using old-school tools, including a giant, wooden flour mill, to churn out delicious pizzas, breads, and pies. Freshly ground flour really has the effect of making an insanely good crust, slightly sweet and slightly charred. There are usually around 10 pizzas on the menu, but don’t even bother looking at it. They're great, but the pro move here is to go straight for the Daily Special pizza, whatever it is. Designed to highlight local, seasonal produce, the pies feature the freshest ingredients in amazing flavor combinations.
If you don't order a slushito at Estadio, you're doing it wrong. These frozen boozie slushies are the star of this vibrant spot, and come in two variations: cranberry, ginger, brandy, and cava, or pistachio, manzanilla, sherry, and gin. Be sure to dig into their scrumptious and colorful Spanish tapas and bocadillos (sandwiches), too, like the sautéed chorizo picante.
Black Whiskey's here to change 14th street, injecting it with two levels of weathered, rough 'n raw barrage that include savage cocktails, a huge whiskey selection, and a meat carving station.
On hot days, this sexy rooftop bar at Thomas Circle is the perfect oasis away from the humid city streets. Cool off poolside with Asian-inspired bites and summer-themed cocktails, sake, and chilled wine.