Guide to DC Cocktail Week

Let’s get Twisted

The 5th Annual DC Cocktail Week takes place from November 13-19, featuring local mixologists, bartenders and innovative cocktail programs that are offering tasty cocktails paired with unique bites at one unbeatable price.  This spirited week gives cocktail enthusiasts a chance to experience exciting new creations featuring local products from more than 40 eateries all around the District.  Take a look below at the extensive list of participants and pick out a spot that you’ve never been to before, or maybe even explore a whole new neighborhood on a mini staycation. I had the opportunity to check out a preview of the upcoming cocktail week celebration by sipping on drinks and noshing on bites from many of the restaurants and sponsors participating this year at Jack Rose Dining Saloon and it was fantastic. Check out some of my favorites below, and don’t forget to grab a snack while sipping!  However you choose to experience DC Cocktail Week, please drink responsibly!

Indique’s, “Gin + Garam Masala Tonic”

Convivial’s “A Rose by Any Other Name” features local Capitoline Rose Vermouth, Cherry Herring, and China China Bigellet Amer. Paired with Chef Cedric Maupillier’s Roasted Cauliflower Blanc-Manager with pomegranate, mint, and za’atar. This perfect pairing is available all night in the entire restaurant for $18.00.

Participating restaurants include:

District of Columbia

  • Bar Dupont (Dupont Circle)
  • Cedar Restaurant (Penn Quarter)
  • Charlie Palmer Steak (Downtown)
  • China Chilcano (Penn Quarter)
  • Claudia’s Steakhouse (Downtown)
  • Convivial (Shaw)
  • DBGB (Penn Quarter)
  • Dino’s Grotto (Shaw)
  • District Distilling Co. (U Street)
  • Dram & Grain (Adams Morgan)
  • Etete (U Street/Shaw)
  • Farmers & Distillers (Mt Vernon Triangle)
  • Fig & Olive (Penn Quarter)
  • Firefly (Dupont Circle)
  • Graffiato (Penn Quarter)
  • Hard Rock Café (Downtown)
  • Indique (Cleveland Park)
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon (Adams Morgan)
  • Kapnos (U Street)
  • Mintwood Place (Adams Morgan)
  • miXX Lobby Lounge and Wine Bar (Penn Quarter)
  • Muze (Downtown)
  • Nazca Mochica (Dupont Circle)
  • Occidental Grill & Seafood (Downtown)
  • Oyamel (Penn Quarter)
  • Pennsylvania 6 (Downtown)
  • Quarter+Glory (U Street)
  • Sally’s Middle Name (H Street)
  • Silver (Cathedral Heights)
  • Sixth Engine (Mt Vernon Triangle)
  • Slate Wine Bar + Bistro (Glover Park)
  • Stable (H Street)
  • Taqueria del Barrio (Petworth)
  • Zaytinya (Penn Quarter)


  • City Perch Kitchen + Bar (Bethesda)
  • Jaleo (Bethesda)
  • Silver (Bethesda)
  • Sushi Ko (Chevy Chase)


  • BaBa (Clarendon)
  • Jaleo (Crystal City)
  • Mazagan Restaurant & Lounge (Arlington)

Distilleries and DC Cocktail Week sponsors included:

  • Belle Isle Craft Spirits
  • Cirrus Vodka
  • Capitoline Vermouth
  • Green Hat Gin
  • KO Distilling
  • MurLarkey Distilled Spirits
  • Republic Restoratives Distillery
  • Vitae Spirits Distillery
  • Virginia Distillery Co.
The only cinnamon whiskey you should ever drink comes from MurLarkey distillery.

Your new favorite vodka is bound to be Cirrus Vodka – it’s smooth, sip-able and absolutely satisfying.

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