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Psychedelic Cocktails Complement Artechouse’s Latest Exhibit

The cocktail lineup is the most expansive to date

Kingdom of Colors launches today in Southwest D.C.
Photo: Artechouse
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Media den Artechouse is serving its most expansive tech-tinged cocktail menu yet to celebrate its latest multi-media experience, Kingdom of Colors.

Starting Friday, November 10, guests that snag a ticket to the Southwest showplace near the newly renovated Wharf (1238 Maryland Avenue SW) must descend to the rotating space downstairs for a fully immersive experience that includes themed beverages.

Four new cocktails ($12) are plugged into a new augmented reality app that unlocks an explosion of dancing colorful shapes and designs inspired by the starring surrounding exhibit. There’s the Blue Mule, which sits on an app-activated coaster with Butterfly Pea Flower-infused vodka, ginger beer, and lime. Others have edible toppers that activate the app, like The Red Queen (Elderflower liquor, chacha, champagne, lemon, raspberries).

An AR-enabled cocktail at Artechouse.
Photo: Tierney Plumb for Eater DC

The list of six cocktails is expected to grow next week with new additions. There’s also $8 to $10 wines, many sourced from Georgia, and $7 beers. The bright and futuristic white bar, which is slightly reminiscent of Barmini, is manned by bartenders from all over D.C., including one from Shaw’s new 600t opening this weekend.

The interactive installation promises an “immersive visual experience” from French filmmaker Thomas Blanchard and artist Oilhack, soundtracked by Lyon-based composer Leonardo Villiger. The trippy exhibit, scheduled to run through Sunday, November 26, includes sky-high crystal clear flowers getting doused in what looks like bright paint, while a sea of moving glitter also takes over the screens.