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.
Patron Tequila Sunset at Bar Pilar 1833 14th St NW; 202.265.1751 Previously named one of the best frozen treats in DC, you'll want to finish Summer off by dropping a straw in this Tequila Sunset slushie with Cointreau Pilar, OJ, Hum pomegranate, and house sour mix.
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.
Via Garibaldi at Ghibellina 1610 14th St NW; 202.803.2389 The Via Garibaldi has egg whites and lime, but also Fernet Branca, which apparently is very popular on the West Coast.
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.