Where to Grab a Drink in Washington DC Right Now
Jack Rose Dining Saloon is lauded as the go-to spot for whiskey in DC, so owner Bill Thomas used The Imperial as a place to expand into other spirits. And expand he did. Occupying the corner where three main streets converge, the three-story Imperial is best described as a cocktail complex rather than merely a bar. While the basement-level speakeasy is currently closed, you can still make a reservation for the dining room or rooftop. Like its sister spot Jack Rose, The Imperial has a thing for rare and vintage bottles and offers up hard-to-find labels of rum, brandy, and Chartreuse that you can sip straight or try in a cocktail.
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This tri-level corner spot from the Jack Rose team is known for rare spirits and killer cocktails, but the burger is a sleeper hit. The Double Decker comes topped with gruyere, caramelized onion, mushrooms, and “horsey sauce,” and packs a flavorful punch. The spot also does a brunch event called Itty Bitty Sandwich City every weekend until 5 pm, where you can get three tiny burgers or other sandwiches for about $10.
The Best Rooftop Bars in DC
From the team that brought you Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Imperial is a three-floor restaurant and bar that combines fine dining with an even finer atmosphere. Although this spot has an impressive dinner menu, the Imperial is known for drinks and, just like its sister spot, stocks hundreds of rare and vintage bottles. The creative cocktail menu is best enjoyed on the open-air rooftop garden where you can lounge on couches and enjoy views of the city.