Pop-ups seem to be everywhere in D.C. lately. Here, Eater will highlight some of the best pop-up options coming to town over the next month or so, and periodically update this guide when old ones disappear and new ones emerge. This curated guide includes everything from longer-term pop-ups to one-time events. It de-emphasizes residencies lasting more than a couple of months, or events labeled pop-ups that don't quite fit the format.
The Eater DC pop-up roundup is traditionally updated every other week or so: send any upcoming pop-up information to firstname.lastname@example.org for potential inclusion.
TUNNEL OF LOVE AT IRON GATE
The Deal: Iron Gate drinks guru Nick Farrell and chef Tony Chittum are turning to Edgar Allen Poe for inspiration this Valentine's Day, producing "heart" (bison tartare, beets, dill, shaved foie gras torchon) and "heartbreak" (charred avocado, blood orange, winter radish, vin cotto) dining options. Other accents include a feather-adorned bar as a nod to the "The Raven" and a strega cream served in a Poe mug (Mysterious Death by Chocolate).
Where: 1734 N Street NW
Dates: Thursday, February 1 to Wednesday, February 14
Cost: Cocktails, like a DC Tinder Negroni (Green Hat Gin, Capitoline Vermouth, garnished with Don Ciccio Figli Luna jello hearts in a canapé spoon) are $13, while food runs $9 to $46 for a bone-in beef short rib for two.
BUBBLE TEA IN PENN QUARTER
The Deal: Drink-slinger Cassava Boba is teaming up roaming pastry maker Awkpie for the second time, setting up shop for a few weeks at Iron Horse Tap Room.
Where: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday through Tuesday; 507 Seventh Street NW
Dates: Monday, January 22, to Friday, February 16
The Deal: El Techo, Shaw's new rooftop oasis, will now stay open year round thanks to a heated tent covering the entire patio. Hearty dishes including lomo saltado and queso dip are now on the menu, as are hot cocktails such as a Tequila Toddy (chartreuse, reposado tequila, agave, and bright lemon) and Cuban coffee spiked with Derrumbes mezcal, fresh mint, and whipped cream.
Where: 606 Florida Avenue NW
Dates: Starting Friday, January 12 through the end of winter
SOUP'S ON AT SHOP MADE IN DC
The Deal: Dupont Circle's new shop slinging hyper-local brands has switched over to menus by delivery-friendly Prescription Chicken and Jinsei Juice this month. Cozy up to its expanded lineup of soups alongside new items like Gertie yogurt bowls (from 11 a.m. to close), while Jinsei Juice will offer its cold-pressed juice and tonic offerings and new smoothies (from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.).
Where: 1333 19th Street NW
Dates: Through January
Cost: Soups run $7 to $10, while juices and smoothies are around $10
JRINK AT WHOLE FOODS
The Deal: The budding juice maker is setting up shop in the Atlas District Whole Foods through the start of spring, slinging a lineup of 15 different flavors of cold-pressed juices, superfood nut milks, and Reboot programs. Customers can return glass bottles for a juice credit and pick up online orders.
Where: 600 H Street NE
Dates: Saturday, December 30, to Saturday, March 31 (weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
THE STAND FOOD HALL
The Deal: Common Ground food hall The Stand will feature a rotating assortment of temporary restaurants — from doughnuts to pizza — in an outdoor setting. Its November line-up includes coffee from La Colombe, desserts from Cookie Dough & Co, comfort food from Capital Chicken & Waffles, Pinch dumplings, and Timber Pizza. B Doughnut will provide free donuts to the first 100 customers starting at 8 a.m. during the first week.
Where: 1601 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va. (across from Metro)
Dates: Opened Wednesday, November 1
The Deal: Bartenders Jenny Feldt and Lukas Smith are taking over Smoke & Barrel's subterranean bar in Adams Morgan. The new pop-up is inspired by New York bar Amor y Amargo, with straightforward cocktails that integrate vermouth, amaro, sherry, and bitters.
Where: 2471 18th Street NW
Dates: Thursday to Sunday nights, starting Wednesday, November 2
The Deal: Floating pastry-maker Republic Kolache sells its lineup of its savory, sweet, and signature kolaches at two pop ups around town.
Dates: Every Tuesday at Reliable Tavern (3655 Georgia Avenue NW); at Hill Country BBQ at 410 7th Street NW, Friday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pre-orders can be made here.