Fans of the DC bar scene may remember barman David Strauss from The Sheppard, the beloved Dupont Circle speakeasy that shuttered in 2019. Luckily, he’s back again, mixing a daily menu of inspired cocktails in an unassuming space in Mount Pleasant that’s quickly becoming one of the city’s best speakeasies. Plan on arriving early or be prepared to wait for a table at this snug spot—and make sure to double check the address before ringing the doorbell as there’s no signage out front.
How to book: Walk in
Barman David Strauss knows a thing or two about turning out cocktails with precision and elegance. His resume includes jobs as owner of former Dupont Circle speakeasy the Sheppard as well as opening and helming Morris American Bar in its early years. Now at OKPB, Strauss returns to mixing up both classic and innovative drinks in a small, buzzy atmosphere. Bartenders here are well-dressed and ready to escort guests upstairs (just ring the bell) for a low-key evening away from the fray.
How to book: First come, first-served