Party Earth Review Situated in a neighborhood known for its rowdy nightlife, Tryst invites Adams Morgan rabble-rousers to step back, have a latte served with animal crackers, and chill out. A wall of windows offers both mellow daytime views... ... read full review
2459 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Red Line: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan
M–Th 6:30am–2am, F–Sa 6:30am–3am, Su 7am–midnight
Adams Morgan, Washington, DC –
Situated in a neighborhood known for its rowdy nightlife, Tryst invites Adams Morgan rabble-rousers to step back, have a latte served with animal crackers, and chill out.
A wall of windows offers both mellow daytime views and safety from the nighttime chaos of 18th Street, while mismatched couches and simple wooden tables provide young professionals and MacBook-toting youngsters a place to read the paper or write the next great American novel.
Free-trade and organic coffee culture reigns supreme here, though the sleek brass-topped bar doles out everything from custom caffeinated cocktails to shiny aluminum PBRs.
Throngs of college students stop in to log a few hours on the Internet and complete class work before exchanging their pens for a round of draft microbrews, while erstwhile poets stare at the exposed ductwork ceiling as they wait for some free jazz.
Once night falls, the beautifully mustached staff lights candles and serves intricate small plates as the party crowd gets the night going with a few Afternoon Delights – a mix of fresh blackberries and gin – or some tall Zombies, made with lots of rum and a little spice.
Though often quite crowded, Tryst Coffeehouse is a great place for groups to gather, relax, and enjoy the finer things without the noise and disorder of an average night in Adams Morgan.
Artsy trendsetters, laid-back young professionals, college students and post-grads, guys who take their mustaches too seriously, and intellectual yet easygoing Washingtonians, early 20s to mid-40s.
Music ranges from indie and folk rock to upbeat hip-hop. Free live jazz usually a few nights a week. Free Wi-Fi all day Mondays to Thursdays and Fridays till 9pm.
Menu features soups, salads, sandwiches, and original small bites including apple wood-smoked bacon frittatas and specialty waffles. Brunch served all day. Organic and fair trade coffee. Full bar. Happy Hour Su–F 3–5pm.
Brunch menu $7–$12, appetizers $5–$8, salad bar $9+, soup $4, sandwiches $6–$9, pastries $2–$4.
Beer $2–$7.50, wine $6–$11/glass or $28–$38/bottle, cocktails $8–$10, coffee/tea $2.00–$4.50, smoothies $5.
Anything goes: polo shirts, jeans, band t-shirts, short-sleeved button-downs, flip-flops.
Monday through Wednesday for the free jazz, and any other night for an often crowded but usually mellow vibe.
The Diner (2453 18th Street NW), Tryst’s sister restaurant, offers a full menu of modern diner food in an intimate setting.