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Where to Eat, Drink, and Party this Halloween

Holiday meals, cocktails, and sweets

Co.Co Sala has a Halloween happy hour in store for Tuesday.
Photo: Co.Co Sala

Halloween is always a hot holiday in D.C., where still-mild temperatures allow for lots of bar hopping, skimpy costumes, and imbibing.

Since the holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, restaurants are getting the party started early — and the devil is in the details. Holiday accents around town include spooky cocktails, tap takeovers, and creative costume contests (with prizes ranging from generous gift cards to VIP bottle service).

Día de Los Muertos is another big reason to celebrate this time of year, with Mexican bars especially getting in on the action.

Read on for Eater’s Halloween picks for where to trick or treat all around town.


Tuesday, October 31

Acadiana

901 New York Avenue NW

The Louisiana-themed spot has a “haunted” happy hour in store with $5 drinks to drool over. The Pennywise (named after the terrifying “It” star) does damage with Jim Beam Apple, mixed with mint and sour mix.

Churchkey

1337 14th Street NW

Churchkey's annual Halloween party means 25 tart and funky drafts, plus 25 tart and funky bottles at half off. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

City Tap Penn Quarter

901 Ninth Street NW

The Penn Quarter bar is teaming up with New Belgium Brewing to offer $5 pints of Voodoo Ranger all Tuesday long. There’s also a swag giveaway all day and a costume contest at night.

Co.Co Sala

929 F Street NW

A chocolate-and-bubbly happy hour runs 5 p.m to 7 p.m. before trick-or-treating activities ensue. There’s prosecco paired with a chocolate tasting plate ($9), signature cocktails ($8), beer and house wine specials, and $6-$10 savory snacks.

Estadio

1520 14th Street NW

The 14th Street NW haunt transformed into “Espookio” for the month with ghoulish décor, a special menu of festive pintxos, tapas, desserts, and drinks, and will cap off its last night with a bash. Tickets are $31, which includes a costume contest with prizes.

Honeygrow

716 7th Street NW / 1100 S Hayes Street, Arlington, Va.

Enter the fast-casual stop in costume from 5:30 p.m. to close and get a treat: a honeybar. The fruit-based dish is topped with goodies like local honey, whipped cream, chocolate chips, granola, and coconut shavings.

Morton’s

1050 Connecticut Avenue NW

For a grown-up celebration, check out this steak house’s all-night happy hour (5 p.m. to close) with beers ($5.50), wine ($7.50), martinis and cocktails ($8.50) and $7 bar bites.

Pub Dread

1843 Seventh Street NW

Halloween marks the last night of Drink’s Company latest pop-up bar, offering timed entry passes to benefit disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. At $20 a ticket, 100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen to help those in need. In addition to Pub Dread’s extensive horror-inspired cocktail list, Piña Coladas (the official cocktail of Puerto Rico) will be at the ready. 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Roofers Union

2446 18th Street NW

Executive chef Jenn Flynn is focusing on offal for this holiday. Her love of whole-animal cooking shines in specials including trotter tots ($8) made with braised pig trotters breaded with potato flakes and fried, and grilled beef heart ($12) with roasted baby beets and zesty chimichurri sauce. A pumpkin saison will also be on tap, and all bottled beer selections will be half off.

Saint Yves

1220 Connecticut Avenue NW

Costumes are a must at this sexy party, with music from DJ Quicksilva. Expect an open bar from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and boozing on the dance floor until 2 a.m.

Smoked & Stacked

1239 Ninth Street NW

The Shaw sandwich shop is giving away smoked salted caramels for Halloween.


Rolling Halloween specials

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Multiple Locations

Halloween-inspired mini doughnuts ($22 per dozen) include flavors such as candied apple and pumpkin pie. Available at its Falls Church and D.C. locations on Saturday, October 28, and Tuesday, October 31.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
Photo: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Eatery

1515 N Courthouse Road, Arlington, Va.

Chef David Guas made Dat-o-Lanterns for the holiday; orange whipped buttercream and vanilla bean filling is wedged between two pumpkin-shaped dark chocolate cookies. And his new Lil’ B Coffee & Eatery (1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW) is pushing pumpkin and ghost-shaped sugar cookies.

Buttercream Bakeshop

1250 9th Street NW

Pastry pro Tiffany MacIsaac has adult-approved skull king candy bars with vodka-mixed gold dust, stuffed with meringue and caramel. Kid-friendly 3-D mini chocolate skulls, are stuffed with red velvet Oreo cookies and cream filling. And dare to devour her green-hued Frankenstein macaroons.

Centrolina

974 Palmer Alley NW

From Thursday, October 26, through Tuesday, October 31, feast on pastry chef Caitlin Dysart’s holiday creations including devil's food cupcakes with mocha ganache and devil horn garnish ($3.50), spider web pizzelle cookies ($2), and more.

Halfsmoke

651 Florida Avenue NW

Now through Thursday, November 30, the sausage house’s 50-seat outdoor patio will serve as an urban pumpkin patch. Down an apple cider hot toddy while surrounded by 300 pumpkins, 40 gourds, 125 corn stalks, straw bales, and 20 mums. Other seasonal sips include Pumpkin Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and a spiced pear bellini.

HalfSmoke is dressed up for the season.
Photo: HalfSmoke

Hank’s Cocktail Bar

819 Upshur Street NW

Head bartender Jessica Weinstein is toasting the Day of the Dead with a blood red sangrita oozing with tomato, cucumber, lime, and worcestershire, served alongside a split base shot of Avion Silver tequila, jalapeno aguardiente, and ancho reyes.

Jos. A. Magnus & Co.

2052 West Virginia Avenue NE

A special Halloween-themed cocktail menu in the liquor company’s Murray Hill Club Bar includes a cast of horror movie-inspired elixirs, like the Jason ($12), featuring cherry-spiked Royal Seal vodka, Don Ciccio spiced coffee liqueur, mezcal, and black walnut bitters, as well as the Candy Man ($14), combining Jos. A. Magnus & Co. bourbon, with basil, honey, and atomized candy.

Ladurée

3060 M Street NW

Through Halloween, a limited-edition gift box at this cult sweets shop comes adorned with a jack o’lantern design shielding six macarons ($24). In addition, Ladurée will be debuting a milk chocolate hazelnut macaron for the occasion ($2.80 per piece). Blast out some spooky social media love (a picture in front of Ladurée Georgetown’s window) and tag @LadureeUS and two friends for a chance to win one of three prizes.

Ladurée
Photo: Ladurée

Lincoln’s Bar-b-Que

931 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, Md.

A crazy chocolate-based milkshake at this recent arrival is packed with kid-friendly gummy worms, Oreos, and a scary eyeball (gum ball) ($10).

Oyamel

401 Seventh Street NW

Ongoing Day of the Dead festivities (through Sunday, November 5) at this Penn Quarter fixture include special dishes and holiday-themed cocktails. The team will also be hosting two seated dinners that include five-course tasting menus with cocktail pairings.

Passionfish

7187 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, Md.

The Mummy is a lethal elixir of Petty Island Silver and Dark Rum, pecan orgeat, dry orange Curacao, lime, and mint. Also pick up the Bride of Frankenstein, with Beefeater gin, Del Maguey mescal, St. Germaine, lemon-simple, and pineapple.

Penn 6

1350 Eye Street NW

Taste test Halloween menu offerings like the Raven ($8) cocktail made with rum, pomegranate, juice, blackberries, and mint leaves, or a pot de crème ($6) dessert featuring white chocolate pumpkin pot de crème, whipped cream, roasted peanuts, and a pumpkin spice sugar cookie.

Quarter+Glory

2017 14th Street NW

A pumpkin-inspired cocktail, It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, has arrived at the U Street drinking den to ring in the holiday.

A seasonal cocktail at Quarter + Glory.
Photo: Quarter + Glory

Service Bar

926-928 U Street NW

In honor of the Day of the Dead, sip the Griselda Blanco aka The Black Widow, featuring El Silencio mezcal, coconut, grapefruit, cardamom, and lime.

Taqueria del Barrio

821 Upshur Street NW

Petworth’s colorful Mexican eatery is celebrating its first Dia de Los Muertos with themed specials and family-friendly activities (kids can color their own Day of the Dead masks while dining in). On November 1, a display of traditional altars will take over the restaurant’s front windows in memory of loved ones. One fall cocktail picks is the Show Me Your Pepita!, with Ilegal Resposado Mezcal, toasted pumpkin seed syrup, and allspice.

The St. Regis Washington DC

923 16th Street NW

During the month of October, customers are encouraged to try Halloween cocktail offerings like the Autumn Leaves cocktail ($17) made with cognac, apple brandy, Italian liqueur, and an apple cider reduction, or a barrel aged Old Fashioned ($17) made with Filibuster barrel aged bourbon. Dressed-up doggies get a special treat on the big day.

Ventnor Sports Cafe

2411 18th Street Northwest, , DC 20009 (202) 234-3070 Visit Website

Pennsylvania 6 DC

1350 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 (202) 796-1600 Visit Website

Quarter + Glory

2017 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

BABA

2901 Wilson Boulevard, , VA 22201 (703) 312-7978 Visit Website

Mezcalero Cocina Mexicano

3714 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010 202-803-2114 Visit Website

Black Jack

1612 14th Street Northwest, , DC 20009 (202) 319-1612 Visit Website

Centrolina

974 Palmer Alley Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 898-2426 Visit Website

Estadio

122 Spring Street, , SC 29403 Visit Website

Service Bar DC

926-928 U Street Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 462-7232 Visit Website

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

401 7th Street Northwest, , DC 20004 (202) 628-1005 Visit Website

Lincoln's Bar-B-Que

931 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-578-1660 Visit Website

The Sovereign

1206 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, , DC 20007 (202) 774-5875 Visit Website

Espita Mezcaleria

1250 9th Street Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 621-9695 Visit Website

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