Rooftop Gin - Chef Bart Vandaele has announced the opening of The Betsy. This rooftop gin garden will be serving craft cocktails and American fare inspired by outdoor BBQs on Barracks Row in Capitol Hill. The Betsy offers more than 50 different types of gin and 40 gin and tonics combinations, featuring both local distillers like Greenhat Gin and Ivy City Distilling, and boutique, small-batch producers like St. George, Botanist, Journeyman, and more. Other cocktails include classic craft libations like the Aviation, the Sazerac, and the Sidecar. The menu comprises shareable small plates inspired by backyard BBQs and outdoor gatherings, including beef sliders, crispy potato skins, Old Bay French fries, and buckets of mussels. For hours and directions click here.
Drink Your Veggies - BLT Steak's, beverage Director James Nelson has introduced a new Drink Your Veggies cocktail program in which features his favorite veggies roasted, juiced, pureed or made into a shrub and a cocktail is built to showcase it. You can enjoy cocktails such as The Have Your Toast and Eat It Too is a play on the ever-popular avocado toast, (Hendricks Gin, avocado, house-made tomato soda with an everything bagel rim), Keep the Beet in Thyme (thyme infused Russian Standard vodka, lemon, beet juice with a smoked paprika rim). What's Up Doc (orange infused Hangar 1 vodka, house-made carrot shrub, ginger beer, topped with micro pepper cress salad), and Don't Forget the Fennel (Bombay Sapphire gin, fennel, cucumber, lime, salt, garnished with radish.) 1625 I Street, NW; 202.689.8999 Click here for details.
Sparkle for Summer - BRABO Tasting Room has launched a bubbles menu featuring new and obscure sparkling wines, effervescent classic cocktails, and refreshing mocktails. Guests are invited to relax in the sun-soaked courtyard while enjoying sparkling wines all season long. On the first visit, guests will receive a ‘sparkle card’ and earn a punch for every sparkling beverage enjoyed over the summer months. Once 10 punches are collected, the card serves as a complimentary ticket to BRABO Tasting Room’s end-of-summer patio party. In addition to new and exciting sparkling wines, seasonal drinks will include aDaiquiri Fizz, Tom Collins, French 75, Bellini, ‘Sham-pagne’ Cocktail and more. Click here for details.
Cocktails and Art - The inaugural Dirty Habit Art Series has arrived. No reservations are necessary to visit the artist while he is working on the original art or to bid on the final painting. Executive Chef Kyoo Eom will offer a range of shareable plates from his spring menu and Head Bartender Sarah Ruiz will offer specially-priced cocktails themed to align with the art subject matter. With the April event focusing on the effects of pollen, Ruiz will be working with Barr Hill Gin and pouring her take on a classic Bee’s Knees cocktail – a nod to the distillery’s on-property apiary and the CAFB learning garden in Brookland. Representatives from the CAFB will be on-site to answer questions about the food bank’s work and the organization’s service agencies throughout the region. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Entrance is free and open to the public. 555 8th Street, NW; 202.449.7095 (www.dirtyhabitdc.com.)
Get in The Spirit - Hazel's new roving spritz cart has launched just in time for spring - Spirits Manager Nick Farrell has created a list of four seasonal spritzes, available out on the patio all spring and summer long. Enjoy cocktails such as Dirty Martini Spritz, Cardamaro, Fino Sherry, Olive Brine The Xennial, Lime Coconut Cello, Italicus, Vanilla The Hipster, Caffo Mezzodi, Orangecello, Salt, Orange bitters, Crooked Run Heart and Soul Classic, Aperol, Prosecco. 808 V Street, NW; 202.847.4980 (www.hazelrestaurant.com)Welcome Back - The St. Regis, Washington D.C. is pleased to welcome back one of Washington’s most beloved institutions in town – Sambonn Lek. The hospitality veteran recently joined the fabulous St. Regis team as the bartender to District insiders, journalists, politicians, members of the diplomatic corps, visiting financiers, and well-heeled tourists. He’ll now be serving up his signature “Sam I Am” cocktail and magic tricks at the hotel’s bar. Lek returns after several years at his home in Cambodia. 923 16th Street NW; 202.638.2626 (stregiswashingtondc.com)