A tweet posted by the Hank’s Cocktail Bar account says the bar will serve its last drink on December 14 and will then relocate to the second floor of the Hank’s Oyster Bar near Dupont Circle in January. Eater reached out to a representative for Hank’s to inquire about the reason behind the move but did not immediately hear back. This post will be updated if Hank’s responds.
Hank’s Cocktail Bar is boxing up shop on December 14th & moving to the 2nd floor of our flagship location, Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle. Same great cocktails, same Hank’s hospitality, awesome new space. Stay up to date on social media for our January 2019 reopening date. pic.twitter.com/yrAiuxWknw— Hank's Cocktail Bar (@HanksCocktailBr) November 30, 2018
Hank’s Cocktail Bar first opened in January 2016 as the Twisted Horn and then changed its name to reflect its standing within chef Jamie Leeds’ restaurant group. Early last year, Leeds spoke with Eater about the name change and renovating an old church to install the bar.
Along with the flagship in Dupont, JL Restaurant Group also has Hank’s Oyster Bar locations in Capitol Hill, on the Southwest Waterfront, and in Alexandria. There’s also a Hank’s Pasta Bar in Alexandria.
Across the street in Petworth, the Ruta Del Vino wine bar recently closed, leaving another desirable space for entrepreneurs who might want to join a growing bar and restaurant scene in Petworth that includes Himitsu and Timber Pizza Company.