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Five Great Mixology Spots in DC

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Five Great Mixology Spots in DC

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Jun 19, 2012 —  The DC cocktail scene can come across as a bit of an odd bird to some. That’s not to suggest the nation’s capital fails to provide its denizens with a bounty of booze options – from high-end Moët to Miller High-Life – but the city feels a bit stilted on the mixology front.

Maybe that’s because it’s such an international town. Europeans, for example, have historically shown nowhere near the interest in homemade tinctures, rare bitters, and classic old school drinks that Americans have.

Of course, the speakeasy craze sweeping the country (where you’re most likely to score a finely crafted cocktail) is naturally tied to Prohibition, something Americans were the only ones dumb enough to try. That suggests the recent wave of interest in vintage cocktailing is tied to history; sort of a subtle yearning to relive the days when ingesting a drop of alcohol could land you in prison…thanks to a law enacted…in Washington, DC.

Who says we don’t learn from our mistakes?

Nonetheless, there are still some stellar mixology bars in The District where finding a deftly slung shaker or lovingly crafted cordial is a piece of cake. Some are as trendy as a congressman’s mistress and some are as down home as your neighborhood pub, but all of them touch our private palettes in a special way.

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    The Gibson

    Cocktail Bar / Lounge

    The Gibson - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in Washington, DC.
    U Street Corridor

    2009 14th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20009

    202‑232‑2156

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    Policy

    Cocktail Bar / Lounge / Restaurant

    Policy - Cocktail Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
    U Street Corridor

    1904 14th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20009

    202‑387‑7654

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    L2 Lounge

    Club / Lounge

    L2 Lounge - Club | Lounge in Washington, DC.
    Georgetown

    3315 Cady’s Alley NW
    Washington, DC 20007

    202‑965‑2001

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    Proof

    Restaurant / Wine Bar

    Proof - Restaurant | Wine Bar in Washington, DC.
    Chinatown

    775 G Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20001

    202‑737‑7663

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    CIRCA at Dupont

    Bar / Lounge / Restaurant

    CIRCA at Dupont - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
    Dupont Circle

    1601 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20009

    202–667–1601

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Anonymous Jul 27, 2012
It may not be known for their mixology, but Shelly's Back Room is still my favorite spot to grab a cocktail. And it's my favorite crab cake sandwich in the city.
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