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5 Banging Bacon Drinks in Washington D.C.

5 Banging Bacon Drinks in Washington D.C.

You'll be bacon for these libations

Few combinations are as delightfully sinful as booze and bacon. From root beer floats to lollip garnishes, these cocktails bring home the bacon and the buzz. Click through to find five DC drinks that will have you saying “pork please!” in no time.

What better garnish for a bourbon cocktail than a bacon lollipop? The Bone, $12, gets an extra kick from lime juice and Tobasco - the side of pork is an extra bonus.


The Mason-Dixon Manhattan, $11, combines bacon-infused bourbon with Carpano Antica sweet vermouth and bitters. Because nothing says “The Great Emancipator” like bacon. (Maybe. Tasty, no matter what!)

The Diner

Bacon crumbles crown The Diner’s bourbon float, which combines Jim Beam with IBC Root Beer and vanilla ice cream.

Toki Underground

The Toki Monster, $10, features bacon's predecessor - pork belly - with Bulleit Bourbon, Barenjager honey liqueur and Peat Monster Scotch.

Bourbon Steak

Wanna get fancy? It's not exactly bacon, but The Henderson, $14 - one of Bourbon Steak’s house cocktails - uses Tariquet VSOP Bas Armagnac infused with foie gras.

Lauren Sloat, Drink DC

DC is the place to be if you crave unique foodie experiences. From Union Market to weekend farmers’ markets to mouthwatering dishes served by celebrity chefs, check out the food crazes that color the city's dining scene.

Oat Milk

The oat-milk craze is here to stay. More and more coffee shops are offering dairy-free alternatives to cashew milk, almond milk and soy milk. Ellē, a BIPOC woman-owned coffee shop in Mt. Pleasant, is known for its oat-milk lattes with a baked good on the side. If you want some Northwest vibes, visit Little Red Fox in the Van Ness neighborhood, where you'll find nods to the classic TV series set in Washington state, Twin Peaks, throughout the shop (only take-out orders are available right now). Make sure to grab the honey cinnamon latte with oat-milk, which will inevitably lead to cozy feelings. The Village DC is known for their locally sourced food and drinks from underserved, aspiring entrepreneurs, serving as a platform for those businesses to showcase their talents and connect with other communities, while also serving an amazing date latte with a splash of your favorite dairy-free alternative.

Food Halls

Gone are the days of eating in the shopping mall cafeteria. Food halls have emerged as one-stop shops for consumers, where visitors can check out local vendors and pop-ups that reflect the area's trendiest flavors. Union Market is DC's pioneer in this realm, equipped with numerous food options (barbeque, arepas, seafood and more) and small retail shops. You can see outdoor movies there in the summer. Nearby, La Cosecha celebrates Latin American culture, cuisine and conversation. The Block Food Hall located in Downtown DC features minority-owned vendors serving cocktails, a twist on Filipino food and lychee donuts that will have your mouth watering.


Birria is a traditional Mexican dish, originally made with goat meat, but can also made with other meats. This dish can be served as a stew or as taco filling and the taco version of this traditional dish has taken the social media world by storm. You can find Birria, Sopas, or Boing at Taqueria Xochi on U Street from Chef Teresa Padilla who is a 16-year veteran of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup restaurants. The next stop on the journey to find Birria is Little Miner Taco. Little Miner Taco has two mortar & stone locations and a food truck. Stay on top of their where to find then by checking out their Instagram page. Get ready to order, dip and eat your taco!


On weekends, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' grand expansion, The REACH, hosts Victura Park, an outdoor pop-up wine garden and cafe. The Hilton Brothers and Chef Erik Bruner-Yang collaborated on this winery-inspired setting that offers charcuterie boards and light snacks, as well as beer, wine, adult seltzers and other beverages. Looking for that American Chinese takeout nostalgia? Chef Tim Ma and Andrew Chiou offer American-Chinese cuisine in the compostable white rectangular cartons we all grew up with at Lucky Danger. You can dig into dumplings, hot and sour soup, kung pao chicken and more at Lucky Danger in Prather's Alley or Arlington's Westpost shopping center. If you're looking for a place with great drinks and rotating Black-owned restaurants, look no further than Sandlot Southeast, where restaurants can gain rent-free access to two kitchens to showcase their work. While you're there, pick up a cold-pressed cocktail that was developed with the help of none other than Turning Natural.

Destination Restaurants

If you're looking for an escape from the day-to-day look no further than stepping through the doors of Primrose. This French-inspired wine bar from Sebastian Zutant and Lauren Winter delivers you to the streets of Paris with it's fun decor and food. Primrose is on Michelin's Bib Gourmand list, so make your reservation today. Take a trip south to Cuba when you visit the Colada Shop, with their vibrant color scheme and outstanding flavors. From their food to their coffee, everything is served with a Cuban flair at one of the three Colada Shop locations in DC. Transport yourself to a carefree time at Tiki on 18th in Adams Morgan. You can expect Jo-Jo Valenzuela’s acclaimed traditional Filipino food paired with the delicious cocktails when you go.

Lunch at the Farmer's Market

Sure, we all know a trip to the local farmers’ market means loads of fresh produce. But what if you’re craving a little something more? Luckily, DC farmers’ markets have got you covered. Tuck into a personal pizza from the award-winning Timber Pizza at the FRESHFARM CityCenterDC market on Tuesdays, or a bagel breakfast sandwich from its sister restaurant Call Your Mother at Sunday’s Dupont FRESHFARM Market (get there early - these sell out fast). With 10 different markets running Tuesday through Sunday, you can explore flavors from all over the globe, including falafel sandwiches from Hilana Cuisine, locally sourced fish burgers from Fishscale and gourmet Chinese dumplings from Pinch.

Rooftop Bars & Restaurants to Check Out in DC

It's always the right time to head out on the town, find the nearest rooftop bar and order up your favorite cocktail or draft beer. During happy hour or any hour, feel the breeze and ease back at these District locales that have set up shop up top for your warm-weather pleasure.

Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

The luxurious Watergate Hotel is a centerpiece of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Head to the sophisticated Top of the Gate and take in 360-degree rooftop views of the nation’s capital while sipping specialty cocktails and noshing on artisanal pizzas. Top of the Gate will be reopening on April 2, 2021. Check out their website for more information and how to make a reservation.

12 Stories

So you already know that The Wharf is the District’s warm-weather place to be, right? Well, be sure to stop by the InterContinental Washington, DC - The Wharf rooftop as your next must-visit drinks spot. 12 Stories is the first DC venture from the minds behind New York City mainstay Mr. Purple, complete with a sleek, modern design and panoramas of the Washington Channel and beyond. Head there for creative cocktails like the 'Aren't You a Fineapple' (hennessy, grand marnier, cointreau, pineapple, lemon + lime), high-end bites (think oysters and rib-eye skewers) and, of course, the #views. You can now book a reservation for parties of up to six people for indoor seating and for parties of up to four people for the outdoor terrace.

La Vie

DC’s rivers do their best French Riviera impression at La Vie, a stunning and sleek restaurant at The Wharf featuring views of the Washington Channel from its rooftop terrace. Sophisticated Mediterranean vibes abound as you choose from a cocktail list divided into “Dip Your Toes,” “Dive In” or ”Off the Deep End” options and take in the waterfront scenes. Golden hour at La Vie also means happy hour prices, with bar bites and sunset drinks on weekdays from 4-7 p.m. Reservations are required. You can find out more about La Vie's reservation process through the restaurant's website .

Whiskey Charlie

Nautical vibes and top-notch cocktails are the name of the game at Whiskey Charlie, the rooftop bar perched atop the Canopy by Hilton hotel at The Wharf. Catch the perfectly Instagrammable sunset while enjoying a range of delightful drinks – we’re big fans of the Gentlemen's Pirate (Redemption bourbon, Grand Marnier, orange & walnut bitters) and Clouds Over Provence (vodka, blue velvet tea, blackberries & citrus). The rooftop is open on weekdays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Whiskey Charlie is taking reservations online through OpenTable.

Get excited about sushi-with-a-view at O-Ku, one of the only restaurants near Union Market with a rooftop. While traditional sushi and sashimi reside on the menu, you’ll also be delighted by creative plates such as the salmon yaki kuro with black rice, asian pear, arugula and shiso cream. Accentuate the meal with a drink from O-Ku’s extensive sake, whiskey and cocktail offerings. O-Ku is now taking reservations for their rooftop bar through OpenTable and by phone at (202) 888-8790.

Top of the Yard

There’s perhaps no bar in DC that has more Natitude than Top of the Yard, which can be found on top of the Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC - Navy Yard. You can catch a Washington Nationals game all spring and summer while noshing on ballpark-themed bites and brews at this rooftop abode that overlooks the gorgeous Nationals Park. Top of the Yard plans to reopen in mid-April.

El Techo

Billed as an “adult treehouse,” the turf-adorned El Techo brings the heat in Shaw with spicy margaritas and the creative Mexican street food you’ve come to expect from the downstairs Rito Loco shop. El Techo also offers Spanish-inspired tapas and a number of cervezas for the perfect warm-weather happy hour. El Techo's rooftop is now open and taking reservations. To learn more about the restaurant's safety protocols, visit its website.


An adventure in Adams Morgan is not complete without a visit to Perry’s, a neighborhood staple that opened its doors more than 30 years ago. Enjoy the delicious Japanese fare and an extensive beverage list that includes wine, Japanese whiskey and sake while you relax at the year-round bar or on the seasonal rooftop terrace. Perry's is now taking rooftop reservations.


This throwback dance club has dropped its loudest beat yet – a rooftop that tips its cap to raves of yore. You’ll feel Miami and Ibiza vibes as you dance the night away surrounded by palm trees, lounge furniture and vibrant lighting in a 2,500-square foot space. Creative cocktails like coconut-and-mango jalapeño margaritas and strawberry basil lemonade are available. Decades is currently only open for private events which need to be booked in advance by texting (202) 650-7326.


If you’re on the hunt for a Michelin-starred chef’s tribute to Italian cuisine, look no further than Nicholas Stefanelli’s Officina at The Wharf. This three-story market-restaurant-bar is also home to Terrazza, an alfresco rooftop bar inspired by terraces in the Eternal City. Take in gorgeous riverfront views all year (winter means cozying up by the outdoor fire pits) and imbibe with seasonal cocktails and a selection of bubbly. Terrazza can be enjoyed daily from 5-10 p.m. Enjoy the terrace by making a reservation today.

Columbia Room Punch Garden

Columbia Room, named the best American cocktail bar at the 2017 Spirited Awards, has a little-known secret: its a la carte rooftop punch garden. Creative cocktails from the mind of Derek Brown – a twist on a vodka punch stars sake, cucumber and pistachio, for example – can be sipped at this Blagden Alley locale ornamented with hanging greenery and Edison bulbs. Make a reservation to visit the Columbia Room today.

Summit the Rooftop

Sporting a superlative view from the heart of CityCenterDC, Summit the Rooftop at Conrad offers socially distanced tables and plenty of real estate to take in the surroundings. Its approach to food and drink leans socially conscious, with an eco-friendly solar oven (see: slow-cooked barbecue pork), food sourced from the Mid-Atlantic region and a community-oriented approach to its drink offerings via local and regional distillers, brewers and female winemakers.

801 Restaurant & Bar

"Good vibes only" isn't just the motto at 801 Restaurant & Bar, it's also the first thing patrons see (illuminated in white lights) when reaching the top of the stairs at this rooftop bar straddling the U Street and Shaw neighborhoods. If you're with a thirsty group, try the signature 801 Mega Mule – a multi-person Moscow Mule served in a massive copper mug. 801 offers socially distanced rooftop seating and use 50% of its indoor capacity. Please make a reservation online.

Roofers Union

Given its namesake, you’d expect this Adams Morgan eatery to feature an open air option, and it does not disappoint. The third floor hub boasts spectacular views of the buzzing neighborhood, while also offering craft cocktails and a popular punch bowl. Try the hearty menu (sriracha honey-glazed chicken wings!) while living the good life at the horseshoe bar. Roofers Union is taking reservations online to limit capacity on sit-down dinner service and on its rooftop.

Red Derby

Get your dive bar fix at Red Derby in Columbia Heights, sporting a beer list heavy on cans to go with thoughtful beer-shot specials – who wouldn’t want to try Pabst Blue Ribbon with Fireball? The rooftop deck bumps, providing a comfortable, hanging-out-at-your-friend’s-place atmosphere. The menu helps too: bar food like mac and cheese wedges and tacos sound perfect paired with a can of Natty Boh. Red Derby is taking reservations by email. If you're making the reservation the day of, call (202) 291-5000 after 4 p.m. Please make sure to give your first name, last name, phone number, how many people will be in your group and your preferred time slot. Visit the restaurant's Instagram for the most up-to-date information.


You can find this rooftop and green space atop Union Market. With many vendors in the market below and snacks and cocktails offered at this posh spot, a good time is assured. Guests can lounge on the turf or relax at a picnic table to admire in the 360-degree city views. Whether you reserve a spot or walk in, please follow safety regulations.

The W Hotel’s swank rooftop bar and lounge, POV, overlooks the White House and is favored by DC’s see-and-be-seen set. The view of the Washington Monument isn’t too shabby either. Bottle service is available at this hot spot and you’ll want to dress to impress if you head there for cocktails. Reservations are recommended.


Adorned with decorative plants and disco balls, this rooftop bar dubbed the “Green Room” provides plenty of funky beach vibes. Sip on a variety of cocktails and slushies paired with sandwiches and snacks, while overlooking the Shaw neighborhood. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.

Graham Rooftop

Get a bird’s eye view of historic Georgetown and Washington, DC at the top of The Graham Hotel. The sleek rooftop bar features craft cocktails, flavorful bites (hello, Thai tiger shrimp flatbread), and bottle service. The business casual setting is rounded out by chic sofas and high-top tables. Reservations are not required but seating is first-come, first-served.


This spacious rooftop beer garden features a horseshoe-shaped bar, hanging plants and lights, a selection of 70 whiskeys and bourbons and craft beer and cocktails on tap. What more could you ask for? Enjoy happy hour on select weekdays or indulge in bottomless brunch on the weekends. Reservations are available through Resy.

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

We're losing all control and giving in to ultimate food cravings. Geoffrey Zakarian starts things off like never before with the most juicy and succulent roast chicken from New York City. Jonathon Sawyer takes it to the next level with a cheesy, crunchy, gravy-drenched delight known as poutine. And nothing can compare to the excitement in Duff Goldman's eyes when he's back in Baltimore slinging back some single-fry oysters.

Chocolate Bliss

When it comes to chocolate, the possibilities for sweet treats are endless. On the ultimate list of the best chocolate treats in America, Ali Khan devours an unbelievable Dark Truffle Cake from San Antonio, Texas, and Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski indulge in an explosion of different chocolates in one luscious dessert in New York City. Finally, Scott Conant travels to Sin City to bet on a chocolate mashup that's crazy delicious.

Asian Sensations

Take your taste buds on a trip to the Far East with a list of America's best Asian dishes. Martha Stewart shares a perfect meaty powerhouse in New York City. Alex Guarnaschelli uncovers a heavy-hitting pork bun in Minneapolis, and Wolfgang Puck reveals where he gets his favorite crispy Asian dish.

On a Date

Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, bellies are full and love is in the air as we celebrate the best meals for any romantic occasion. Alex Guarnaschelli wines and dines with the most amazing gnocchi ever made in New York City. Jeff Mauro is dressed to impress and ready to swoon over a mouthwatering, 14-karat gold cake in Chicago, and get ready for a date with Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski as they light the night on fire with simply perfect pasta.

Best Meal Deal

You don't have to sacrifice incredible food experiences in order to save a buck! Antonia Lofaso keeps her wallet full with irresistible Mexican munchies in Venice Beach, Calif., Duff Goldman saves a ton as he takes on the enormous Orca Platter in Washington, D.C., and Ali Khan gets incredible bang for his buck with a one-of-a-kind meal in Des Moines, Iowa, that you have to see to believe.

Feast of the Middle East

Middle Eastern cuisine comes from more than ten countries, making it some of the most diverse and popular food on the planet. Alton Brown loses control over a jewel of deliciousness in Los Angeles. Alex Guarnaschelli raves about a classic Middle Eastern delight in New Orleans, and Monti Carlo finds meat-pie perfection in Phoenix.

Key Ingredient

What's the one thing that can turn a good dish into a great dish? It's that special key ingredient that makes all the difference. Alton Brown reveals the surprise ingredient that goes into the best cinnamon roll ever, Alex Guarnaschelli loves sourdough bread made with pickle juice, and Monti Carlo heads to New Orleans for the most unique, irresistible oysters ever.

New Deli Done Right

America's best delicatessens are serving everything from perfected tried-and-true classics to inventive new spins on old favorites. Wolfgang Puck shares the best hot smoked salmon in the country, the "Sandwich King" himself, Jeff Mauro, heads to Chicago for the ultimate cold cut combo, and Ali Khan uncovers the ultimate bagel delight in South Carolina.

Special Occasion

Nothing makes a special occasion more memorable than having the best food! We're counting down the best meals for any special occasion, starting with Beau MacMillan's unforgettable gnocchi in San Diego. Tregaye Fraser casts her vote for a one-of-a-kind gourmet burger in Atlanta, and Martha Stewart celebrates with the most exquisite salmon in New York.

Genuine Legends

We're celebrating eats and eateries that have withstood the test of time. From America's best pancakes to the ultimate doughnuts, find out which dishes make the cut and go down in history as true legends. Legendary chef Wolfgang Puck writes history with the world's most perfect seafood dish ever, Geoffrey Zakarian tells the tale of the infamous Caesar salad and more.

Yummy in the Middle

It's that ooey-gooey goodness in the middle that we just can't get enough of, so we're heading straight to the middle of things to see what greatness awaits. Jeff Mauro indulges in a 100-layer vanilla creme doughnut that's full of surprises. Antonia Lofaso cracks the yolk on ricotta and egg ravioli in Los Angeles, and Chef Lee Anne Wong heads to Hawaii for a unique and irresistible quesadilla that packs a powerful punch.

Culinary Revolutions

There's no denying that some foods have revolutionized the culinary game while making stomachs happy. Scott Conant gives new meaning to an old favorite with an updated take on classic potato tots. Jernard Wells devours a delectable dish of salt and pepper calamari in Atlanta, while Tregaye Fraser changes the game forever with the Belly Benedict.

In the Last Place You'd Expect

Sometimes the best dishes are in the last place you'd ever expect to find them. We've scoured the globe, searched far and wide, and the hunt stops here. Alex Guarnaschelli ends the debate over where to find the best bagel -- it's in North Yarmouth, Maine! Jeff Mauro finds a game-changing falafel in the back of a jewelry store, and Geoffrey Zakarian unearths hidden Mexican treasure in Buffalo, New York.

3. Hotdog

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Another quintessentially American street food is the hotdog, a humble yet iconic snack. For simple, yet satisfying hotdogs, you can try The Partisan‘s Haute Dog, made with premium Angus beef and garnished with flavorful red onions plus their homemade condiments. Their hot dogs may look unassuming, but take just one bite and you’ll know that they’re top-notch! If you’re a little more indulgent with your garnishes, you’re sure to enjoy the hot dogs at Dog Hous in Bethseda. Here, you can dress your hot dogs with everything from arugula to avocado, tomato, and spicy basil, all to your heart’s content.

4. The Green Zone

Celebrated Middle Eastern pop-up turned brick-and-mortar craft cocktail bar, the Green Zone is one of the most unique and popular spots in Adams Morgan. The bi-level bar puts Iraqi, Lebanese, Turkish, and Moroccan flavors and cultures front and center, with vintage Middle Eastern travel and movie posters adorning the walls and bathrooms designed to look like Turkish baths. Classic Green Zone cocktails include the Lebanese No. 1, with cognac, apricot, lemon and “exotic stuff.” Note: You will find vague ingredients on the menu (i.e. “exotic stuff”) that you don’t recognize — and that’s intentional, to keep a few flavor profiles under wraps.

Colada Shop

We need more all-day spots like these tropically hued Cuban cafes where you can drop in at any hour for a coffee or cocktail—we love Barmini alum Juan Coronado’s piña coladas and fresh-mint mojitos. Start the day with a cortado and avocado tostada or linger in the evenings over flaky empanadas, ham croquetas, and one of the best Cuban sandwiches in town. (The lovely rooftop in DC is the place in nice weather.) Look for a third location to open at the Wharf this fall.

Cassino (card game)

Cassino, spelled Casino in Europe where it was first referenced in 1792 England, is a fishing card game that&rsquos similar to the Italian game Scopa which came along later. After fading in popularity overseas, it gained favor in the U.S. in the late 1800s after the Royal Cassino, Spade Cassino and Diamond Cassino variations arose. It was eventually overshadowed by Gin Rummy.

Probably an even further reach given all the other choices, but there are several drinks named after card games i.e. the Blackjack Sling, Poker Face, Rummy Fix and more.


1909 - the original Casino Cocktail first appears in print. 6 However, this may have actually been seven years or more prior to this date as the January 1903 Mixer and Server shows an advertisement for Didier&rsquos &lsquoReminder&rsquo that says over 3,000 of them were sold in the past eight months, referring to a previous edition we are unable to examine. 7 WorldCat doesn&rsquot show any of the book&rsquos history, but the Office of the Register of Copyrights within the Library of Congress received two copies of The Reminder on December 24, 1900. 8

1923 - Casino Cocktail No. 2 debuts in another classic bartending manual and quite possibly two years earlier, but we don&rsquot have access to its 1st edition. 9

1927 - Tourism and gambling flourished in 1920s Cuba during the American Prohibition so its not surprising that they published Casino Cocktail No. 3. 10 Not to mention No. 4 a few years later.

1930 - Casino Cocktail Nos. 4 and 5 (twice) surface in writing with the No. 5 Casino Special being credited &ldquoas served by Charlie in the American Bar of the Pistany Private Casino, Pistany, Czechoslovakia. Look out for the word, &lsquoSpecial.&rsquo It means either good or bad, and the decision is strictly up to you. We understand Czechoslovakians are Bohemians. Only a Bohemian could stand a CASINO SPECIAL and live.&rdquo 11,12,13

1934 - rye whiskey is substituted for Scotch whisky in drink No. 5. 14

1943 - No. 1 starts being mixed with orange juice instead of orange bitters by renowned bartender Oscar Haimo who held positions at the Royalty Bar in Monte Carlo, the Ritz-Carlton in Paris and the Hotel Pierre in New York among others. 15

1948 - lemon juice replaces pineapple juice in recipe No. 4. 16

1961 - Casino Cocktail No. 1 with orange bitters is included in the 1st I.B.A. Official Cocktail List along with 49 other drinks.

The deal: $33 for unlimited drinks and Mediterranean-inspired plates — like omelets with Turkish sausage or feta flatbread with baba ganoush, plus standards like eggs Benedict.

Why its awesome: Not into mimosas or Bloody Marys? For the same price, you can order your fill of house vodka, gin, rum, or tequila cocktails instead.

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Best Bars With Tropical Drinks in Washington, D.C.

Banana Cafe might be the closest you can get to a tropical island in Washington, D.C. The piano bar standouts out in the popular restaurant row of Eastern Market, for the building’s aesthetic. Once inside, you feel as if your are on vacation. Serving Puerto Rican, Cuban and Tex Mex food, the restaurant offers everything from mofongo to quesadillas. On top of that, they serve some tasty tropical drinks which may not be for the lightweights. Get your fruity drink fix, complete with a tiny umbrella.

Adams Morgan isn’t exactly lacking in bars for you to choose from. 18th street is packed with bars with varying cuisines, themes and styles. So it can easy to pick what you like and stick to it. If you only stick to the main drag of Adams Morgan, consider venturing a little closer to the Dupont Circle area. Larry’s Lounge is a simple bar, known for it’s low-key atmosphere, great prices and drinks. Go for their popular happy hour and get their signature rum punch.

Minibar is one of the many extremely successful restaurants created by the world-renowned José Andrés. It’s not your everyday restaurant Andrés bills it as “a study in avant-garde cooking” and as food must be paired with a beverage, the chef created a “culinary cocktail lab,” Barmini. You are more likely to get an old-fashioned, martini, gin and tonic or some other standard drink at an upscale restaurant, than a fruity tropical drink but at this bar you can have just that and it’ll probably be the best thing you’ve ever drank. Try the Painkiller.

Since the word beach is in the name of the bar, they are obligated to have tropical drinks. Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant is a Crystal City treat fun, fabulous and delightfully campy. Karaoke, drag bingo, champagne brunch and more, the bar is all about fun. With specials every night, you can try something different every time you go. Diners have raved about the coconut rum and coke, frozen margaritas, Green Monkey and pina coladas. Good food, great entertainment and even better drinks.

A little hidden away in the Penn Quarter neighborhood, this Asian fusion restaurant offers dishes inspired by Indonesian, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisines including a full sushi bar. Along with a delicious food menu&mdashtry their happy hour&mdashthey have a full bar. Sake drinks and shots are popular at the restaurant, but the lychee drinks are arguably better. Stop by for some calamari, sushi and a delicious tropical drink.