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McClellan’s Retreat rolls out a large tiki drink menu for August.
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18 Destinations for a Late Summer Cocktail Around D.C.

Soak up the last month of summer with a deliciously refreshing drink

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McClellan’s Retreat rolls out a large tiki drink menu for August.
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The hottest days of summer are (hopefully) behind us, but patio season remains in full effect around D.C. Rather than phasing out fruity and thirst-quenching cocktails, some area bars opt to embrace or even unleash new seasonal sippers to sign off on summer.

Take advantage of D.C.’s knack for extended sunshine and flock to one of these 18 spots before bartenders start turning to pumpkin spice. For prime patios around town, go here.

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Primrose

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This summer, Primrose introduced a number of boozy and refreshing beverages to match the French restaurant’s aesthetic. The “Piña Piña” ($17) is comprised of Chartreuse, pineapple, lime, and cream coconut. And the “Punch Noir” ($15), which incorporates brandy, blackberry shrub, citrus and homemade cacao bitters, is an ideal post-dinner drink.

The “Couleur Fleur” (pea flower tequila, elderflower liqueur, agave, lime).
Primrose

Seven Reasons

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Seven Reasons recently debuted two cocktail menus by bar manager Carlos Boada. The first, which pairs with their new prix fixe menu, includes a salty and fresh “Mango Bajito” (Sagamore rye, Disaronno, sherry oloroso, mango, lemon, sumac, guajillo, egg whites). On the Ceviche Patio, guests can opt for a smoky new “Bourbon Street” (Elijah Craig, apricot, thyme, nutmeg, orange) or fruity “Mule de Uva” (Grey Goose, aloe vera liqueur, orange liqueur, grapes, taro, lime, ginger beer, oregano).

Haikan’s rendition of a Long Island iced tea, dubbed “Tokyo Tea,” is made with vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec and midori. Wash it down alongside a large bowl of sapporo-style ramen.

Lulu’s Wine Garden

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Try a frozen Aperol spritz or ranch water (pineapple-infused tequila, homemade lime cordial, Topo Chico mineral water) at this breezy bar off U Street NW. The spiked refreshers are cheaper during its “golden hour” (Tuesdays to Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.) alongside discounted bites, wines by the glass and bottle, and beers.

Gogi Yogi

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The Korean barbecue restaurant in Shaw brings back its “Soju Slushies” for summer. Flavors include white peach, strawberry, mango, passionfruit, and piña colada ($12); add a shot of vodka, tequila, gin, or rum for $4 more.

The colorful lineup of “Soju Slushies” at Gogi Yogi.
Gogi Yogi

Lupo Pizzeria

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The “Frozen Lupotini” is the trendy Logan Circle pizza pad’s frothy take on an espresso martini, made with chocolate, vanilla, vodka, and coffee. Or spring for a new “Frozen Italian Mule” (vodka, limoncello, candied ginger, lemon).

doi moi

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Pair Vietnamese street food with Doi Moi’s “8-8-8” daiquiri special. Until 8 p.m. daily, eight tasty types are $8 each (watermelon Thai basil, mango, strawberry, and dragonfruit, to name a few). While patio season is still in full effect, there’s a $13 vodka-based spritz in flavors like strawberry and lemongrass and white peach and rosemary.

McClellan's Retreat

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General manager Brian Nixon celebrates the August return of his annual Tiki Trail bar crawl in D.C. with a menu full of island favorites like a pina colada, Penicillin, Zombie, and Mai Tai ($13 to $20) plus spins on tropical classics. All can be served in a pineapple for $5 more. As part of the month-long crawl, guests can buy a treasure hunt-style map and collect a stamp for each participating bar they visit. Guests who collect all 10 will receive an invitation to an end-of-the-trail luau on Sunday, September 11.

The “Bananadan” cocktail comes with overproof rum and Giffard creme de cacao.
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Electric Cool-Aid

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The all-outdoor standby in Shaw boasts a plethora of chilled drinks like a mango frosé with house-infused ancho habanero vodka or the “frozen that started it all”: an icy rendition of an Irish coffee.

Jane Jane

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The rotating cocktail menu at Jane Jane currently features summer-themed sips like “Patio Szn” (Jamaican rum, créme de cacao, coconut créme, pineapple) and the the ironic “Wouldn’t You Rather Be At Home” (tequila blanco, mezcal, Cap Corse blanc, rhubarb bitters).

Destino

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Beverage director James Simpson’s seasonal cocktail menu includes options like the “Como La Flor” (charanda, rum, lychee, coconut, pineapple) and “Barracuda” (Puerto Rican rum, chicha syrup, guanábana, hibiscus bitter, lime). Plus, classic cocktails like the daiquiri, paloma, and margarita are $3 off during happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

Bottles Wine Garden

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The West End “secret” wine garden that opened in May dedicates an entire page of its menu to the ultimate summer drink: rosé.

Bottles Wine Garden is all about the pink drink this summer.
Bottles Wine Garden

One of the featured happy hour cocktails at Michelin-rated Cranes is aptly called “Summer is Here” (shochu, watermelon, lemon, and cilantro). A Tajin rim provides a nice kick, while a watermelon ice cube prevents the drink from being watered down.

Silver Lyan at Riggs Washington DC

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For those thirsting for something sparkly, the Riggs hotel’s award-winning cocktail den Silver Lyan can be of service. Its “Frosted Tips” aperitif includes gin, frozen white grape, honeydew sherbet, and aloe soju, finished with a lingonberry stardust.

The “Frosted Tips” cocktail at Silver Lyan.
Caitlin Isola

Buena Vida Gastrolounge

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Thanks to a retractable ceiling, Buena Vida’s retooled rooftop is open all year long. One standout cocktail includes the al pastor margarita, a savory and smoky blend of bacon and serrano tequila, pineapple, agave, lime, and smoked jalapeno salt.

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

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From meats to drinks, this beloved barbecue spot in Clarendon finds a way to smoke it. The berry mojito ($13) muddles a variety of smoked fruits with rum, mint, lime, and soda. Another fan favorite is the watermelon cucumber collins ($14): gin, smoked watermelon, cucumber, lime, and soda.

ARTECHOUSE DC

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After checking out Ase: Afro Frequencies, the current exhibit at the futuristic and immersive art museum, head to its air conditioned-blasted XR bar for cocktails developed by local mixologists Andra Johnson and Torrence Swain. The “Braided Queen” caramelizes plantains to showcase their sweet and savory elements, while the “Rebuild” features cacao nib and angostura bitters from Trinidad. 

Artechouse

Cool off across from Nationals Park with Gatsby’s icebox daiquiri (frozen rum, grapefruit liqueur, pink grapefruit, Calamansi lime, demerara) and “Greta’s Punch” (mango-infused vodka, rhubarb liqueur, strawberry, ginger, mint, bubbles).

The “Greta’s Punch” at Gatsby.
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Primrose

The “Couleur Fleur” (pea flower tequila, elderflower liqueur, agave, lime).
Primrose

This summer, Primrose introduced a number of boozy and refreshing beverages to match the French restaurant’s aesthetic. The “Piña Piña” ($17) is comprised of Chartreuse, pineapple, lime, and cream coconut. And the “Punch Noir” ($15), which incorporates brandy, blackberry shrub, citrus and homemade cacao bitters, is an ideal post-dinner drink.

The “Couleur Fleur” (pea flower tequila, elderflower liqueur, agave, lime).
Primrose

Seven Reasons

Seven Reasons recently debuted two cocktail menus by bar manager Carlos Boada. The first, which pairs with their new prix fixe menu, includes a salty and fresh “Mango Bajito” (Sagamore rye, Disaronno, sherry oloroso, mango, lemon, sumac, guajillo, egg whites). On the Ceviche Patio, guests can opt for a smoky new “Bourbon Street” (Elijah Craig, apricot, thyme, nutmeg, orange) or fruity “Mule de Uva” (Grey Goose, aloe vera liqueur, orange liqueur, grapes, taro, lime, ginger beer, oregano).

Haikan

Haikan’s rendition of a Long Island iced tea, dubbed “Tokyo Tea,” is made with vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec and midori. Wash it down alongside a large bowl of sapporo-style ramen.

Lulu’s Wine Garden

Try a frozen Aperol spritz or ranch water (pineapple-infused tequila, homemade lime cordial, Topo Chico mineral water) at this breezy bar off U Street NW. The spiked refreshers are cheaper during its “golden hour” (Tuesdays to Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.) alongside discounted bites, wines by the glass and bottle, and beers.

Gogi Yogi

The colorful lineup of “Soju Slushies” at Gogi Yogi.
Gogi Yogi

The Korean barbecue restaurant in Shaw brings back its “Soju Slushies” for summer. Flavors include white peach, strawberry, mango, passionfruit, and piña colada ($12); add a shot of vodka, tequila, gin, or rum for $4 more.

The colorful lineup of “Soju Slushies” at Gogi Yogi.
Gogi Yogi

Lupo Pizzeria

The “Frozen Lupotini” is the trendy Logan Circle pizza pad’s frothy take on an espresso martini, made with chocolate, vanilla, vodka, and coffee. Or spring for a new “Frozen Italian Mule” (vodka, limoncello, candied ginger, lemon).

doi moi

Pair Vietnamese street food with Doi Moi’s “8-8-8” daiquiri special. Until 8 p.m. daily, eight tasty types are $8 each (watermelon Thai basil, mango, strawberry, and dragonfruit, to name a few). While patio season is still in full effect, there’s a $13 vodka-based spritz in flavors like strawberry and lemongrass and white peach and rosemary.

McClellan's Retreat

The “Bananadan” cocktail comes with overproof rum and Giffard creme de cacao.
McClellan’s Retreat

General manager Brian Nixon celebrates the August return of his annual Tiki Trail bar crawl in D.C. with a menu full of island favorites like a pina colada, Penicillin, Zombie, and Mai Tai ($13 to $20) plus spins on tropical classics. All can be served in a pineapple for $5 more. As part of the month-long crawl, guests can buy a treasure hunt-style map and collect a stamp for each participating bar they visit. Guests who collect all 10 will receive an invitation to an end-of-the-trail luau on Sunday, September 11.

The “Bananadan” cocktail comes with overproof rum and Giffard creme de cacao.
McClellan’s Retreat

Electric Cool-Aid

The all-outdoor standby in Shaw boasts a plethora of chilled drinks like a mango frosé with house-infused ancho habanero vodka or the “frozen that started it all”: an icy rendition of an Irish coffee.

Jane Jane

The rotating cocktail menu at Jane Jane currently features summer-themed sips like “Patio Szn” (Jamaican rum, créme de cacao, coconut créme, pineapple) and the the ironic “Wouldn’t You Rather Be At Home” (tequila blanco, mezcal, Cap Corse blanc, rhubarb bitters).

Destino

Beverage director James Simpson’s seasonal cocktail menu includes options like the “Como La Flor” (charanda, rum, lychee, coconut, pineapple) and “Barracuda” (Puerto Rican rum, chicha syrup, guanábana, hibiscus bitter, lime). Plus, classic cocktails like the daiquiri, paloma, and margarita are $3 off during happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

Bottles Wine Garden

Bottles Wine Garden is all about the pink drink this summer.
Bottles Wine Garden

The West End “secret” wine garden that opened in May dedicates an entire page of its menu to the ultimate summer drink: rosé.

Bottles Wine Garden is all about the pink drink this summer.
Bottles Wine Garden

Cranes

One of the featured happy hour cocktails at Michelin-rated Cranes is aptly called “Summer is Here” (shochu, watermelon, lemon, and cilantro). A Tajin rim provides a nice kick, while a watermelon ice cube prevents the drink from being watered down.

Silver Lyan at Riggs Washington DC

The “Frosted Tips” cocktail at Silver Lyan.
Caitlin Isola

For those thirsting for something sparkly, the Riggs hotel’s award-winning cocktail den Silver Lyan can be of service. Its “Frosted Tips” aperitif includes gin, frozen white grape, honeydew sherbet, and aloe soju, finished with a lingonberry stardust.

The “Frosted Tips” cocktail at Silver Lyan.
Caitlin Isola

Buena Vida Gastrolounge

Thanks to a retractable ceiling, Buena Vida’s retooled rooftop is open all year long. One standout cocktail includes the al pastor margarita, a savory and smoky blend of bacon and serrano tequila, pineapple, agave, lime, and smoked jalapeno salt.

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Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

From meats to drinks, this beloved barbecue spot in Clarendon finds a way to smoke it. The berry mojito ($13) muddles a variety of smoked fruits with rum, mint, lime, and soda. Another fan favorite is the watermelon cucumber collins ($14): gin, smoked watermelon, cucumber, lime, and soda.

ARTECHOUSE DC

Artechouse

After checking out Ase: Afro Frequencies, the current exhibit at the futuristic and immersive art museum, head to its air conditioned-blasted XR bar for cocktails developed by local mixologists Andra Johnson and Torrence Swain. The “Braided Queen” caramelizes plantains to showcase their sweet and savory elements, while the “Rebuild” features cacao nib and angostura bitters from Trinidad. 

Artechouse

GATSBY

The “Greta’s Punch” at Gatsby.
Rey Lopez for Gatsby

Cool off across from Nationals Park with Gatsby’s icebox daiquiri (frozen rum, grapefruit liqueur, pink grapefruit, Calamansi lime, demerara) and “Greta’s Punch” (mango-infused vodka, rhubarb liqueur, strawberry, ginger, mint, bubbles).

The “Greta’s Punch” at Gatsby.
Rey Lopez for Gatsby

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