Seasonal Cocktails — Amity & Commerce, the Mandarin Oriental DC’s newest American bistro and bar. Chef Justin Houghtaling and his team have created festive menus for you to indulge in while they celebrate the holiday season in DC. From holiday cocktails at the bar to sit down dinner options for both Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Amity & Commerce is the go-to spot for holiday celebrations. You can sip on seasonal cocktails like Amity & Commerce’s Smoked Maple Old Fashioned with smoked Bourbon, bitters, maple syrup and orange peel, a tableside cocktail enveloped in Applewood smoke, Black Rose Rum Tumbler with white rum, bourbon, fresh blackberries, lime, rosemary-infused syrup, and club soda, or the Pumpkin-Tini with vanilla vodka, Bailey’s, butterscotch schnapps and pumpkin syrup.
.Barcade — Church Hall, has debuted its brand new “barcade area” featuring more than 12 new arcade games including Pop a Shot (Pac Man), Skeeball, NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, Ms. Pacman Galaga, Simpsons (4-Player), Big Buck Hunter, Bubble Hockey, Foosball, Pinball, Dance Dance Revolution, A Claw Machine with Regional Sports Memorabilia and more. All games will accept game cards that can also be used at other popular venues around the city including Penn Social, Boardwalk and Astro Beer Hall. Join Church Hall on Friday, December 13th for a barcade launch party from 9 pm-close, featuring a 50 credit arcade card with every bar tab of $20 or more. For those looking to host a private event, unlimited group play is available for $150/hour for any size group.
NRG Holiday Cocktails — Hazel has a Turkish Mulled Wine on the menu; made with Greek Wine, Turkish Tea flavors (from Greek Mountain Tea), Carcavelos (Portuguese fortified wine that is aged for a very long time, with notes similar to Madeira), and Pomegranate. Iron Gate’sever-popular house Greek Sangria, heated to order, is now back on the menu. Aptly named, Is the Patio Heated? the sangria is made with Greek wine, pomegranate, blood orange liqueur, and rakomelo. And, new this year to Iron Gate’s list is the Loukoumades Todd, made with Roots Cretan amaro, loukoumades honey (the same orange blossom honey that Chef Chittum uses in the Greek donut dessert by the same name), and lemon. Nick tells me Iron Gate is the only DC restaurant that carries the Greek amaro. Evening Star Cafe is now offering a list of classics that include: Hot Ginger Toddy; Hot Toddy; Hot Buttered Rum; Irish Coffee; and Boozy Hot Chocolate.
Repeal Day Ball —The DC Craft Bartender’s Guild will present its annual Repeal Day Ball at the National Union Building on Saturday, December 7th this year. You will enjoy exquisitely crafted cocktails while dancing along to Prohibition-era tunes. This year the black-tie affair (ladies don the flirtiest of flapper dresses, the men – most dapper of zoot suits). Charles H. Baker, famed drinks writer, and world traveler wrote a compendium on drinking around the world and has inspired us to celebrate the jet-setters who avoided Prohibition’s temperance and explored the world! With this in mind, there will be specially themed rooms incorporating the drinking experiences from Singapore to Mumbai to Paris, and more! Tickets for this year’s soirée begin at ($85), with VIP tickets available for ($150).
Mai Tai’s — “Trader Vic” and his introduction of Polynesian and island culture to America with a signature drink timed to his December 10th birthday. The Mai Tai at Tiki TNT features Thrasher’s White Rum, El Dorado 12, Dry Curacao, Orgeat, Lime, and Rich Demerara. Thrasher found inspiration for his playful riff on the cocktail while hopping from island to island around the world as a scuba dive instructor. Tiki TNT, DC’s only true Polynesian imbibery, has a special connection to Trader Vic as his birthday coincides with the 1 year anniversary [Tuesday, December 10, 2019] of the restaurant and bar. In celebration, Thrasher will be slinging special $1 Mai Tais [available 3 PM-5 PM] as an homage to the tiki legend!