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Boqueria’s icy new vodka-meets-coffee elixir.
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Where to Find Trendy Coffee Cocktails in D.C.

Drinks that deliver a simultaneous jolt and buzz

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Boqueria’s icy new vodka-meets-coffee elixir.
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Maybe it’s the rising popularity of cold brew, or the ever-present boozy brunches in D.C., but for some reason, many hot bars and restaurants around town are combining coffee and alcohol into one cool drink for the summer.

Coffee cocktails take on many forms these days, with downtown’s BLT Steak upgrading the espresso martini with a spritz of CBD tincture to help 9-to-5 drinkers relax. Hotel rooftop bars at the Conrad and W Washington DC are in the action, too, offering icy elixirs engineered to cool off its al fresco guests.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Girl and The Vine

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7071 Carroll Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 272-1230
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Takoma Park’s new deli and wine shop just replaced its Irish coffee with an icy International Coffee ($11) cocktail, featuring cognac, house made creme de cacao, Braulio amaro, and a splash of milk and soda. “Think the old school International House of Coffee flavored coffee with booze,” co-owner Jocelyne DeHaas tells Eater.

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2. Seven Reasons

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2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 290-2630
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Bar manager Josue Gonzalez, who most recently stirred drinks at Bresca and St. Anselm, has two espresso cocktails behind the leafy 12-seat bar at the trendy Latin American restaurant on 14th Street NW. The “A Sip Above It All” blends rums with coffee-infused martini bitters, creme de cacao, and madeira.

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3. St. Anselm

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1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 864-2199
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The only hot drink on this list, St. Anselm’s perky Irish coffee is on the brunch menu. Here it comes with La Colombe’s Luisianne coffee, Jameson, and whipped cream ($11), all served in a colorful ‘Merica-themed mug.

4. Espita Mezcaleria

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 621-9695
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Shaw’s Oaxacan-influenced mainstay offers a cold Café de Olla comprised of coffee, milk, canela cinnamon, and mezcal ($12). It’s only available during brunch.

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5. Via Sophia

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1001 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 218-7575
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The Hamilton Hotel’s new pizza and pasta parlor serves a Fumo Del Japu cocktail designed with Nikka Coffee Whiskey, rhubarb honey, and wood spice ($14).

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6. Nicoletta Italian Kitchen

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901 4th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 697-6888
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New York-based Altamarea Group (Osteria Morini) recently opened an Italian all-day cafe and restaurant that offers a rich and creamy nitro martini on draft during brunch. The drink features espresso, vodka, and vanilla cream ($13).

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7. BLT Steak

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1625 I St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 689-8999
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The Wake and Bake is a modern twist on an espresso martini, counteracting coffee jitters with an infusion of calming CBD tincture. The Brugal rum-based drink is filled with cold brew and finished with a flamed orange peel garnish ($16).

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8. Summit the Rooftop at Conrad Washington DC

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950 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 844-5900
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Hilton’s swanky month-old rooftop bar overlooking CityCenterDC sells a Parisian Party with Dolin Blanc, La Colombe cold brew, demerara, absinthe, and soda ($14).

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9. Boqueria

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777 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 552-3268
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The Leche de Pantera ($10), available at brunch only, comes with vodka, coffee, and condensed milk. The Barcelona-style tapas bar tops it with “Panther Powder.”

10. Succotash

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915 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 849-6933
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Succotash’s own label of Maker’s Mark Private Select Bourbon unites with St. George coffee liqueur, Carpano Antica, amara, and Havana & Hide Bitters for a Coffee and Cigarettes cocktail ($20).

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11. POV

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515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2400
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The W Hotel DC’s newly renovated perch overlooking the White House offers a Cold Brew “Covfefe” — a nod to President Donald Trump’s infamous tweet — with Leopold Bros. French press coffee liqueur on ice ($17 each; $80 for a carafe). The toupee-splashed cup also contains Buzzard Point barrel aged white rum, tonic, limoncello, and espresso.

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1. The Girl and The Vine

7071 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Jocelyne DeHaas/Girl and the Vine

Takoma Park’s new deli and wine shop just replaced its Irish coffee with an icy International Coffee ($11) cocktail, featuring cognac, house made creme de cacao, Braulio amaro, and a splash of milk and soda. “Think the old school International House of Coffee flavored coffee with booze,” co-owner Jocelyne DeHaas tells Eater.

7071 Carroll Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

2. Seven Reasons

2208 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Bar manager Josue Gonzalez, who most recently stirred drinks at Bresca and St. Anselm, has two espresso cocktails behind the leafy 12-seat bar at the trendy Latin American restaurant on 14th Street NW. The “A Sip Above It All” blends rums with coffee-infused martini bitters, creme de cacao, and madeira.

2208 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. St. Anselm

1250 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The only hot drink on this list, St. Anselm’s perky Irish coffee is on the brunch menu. Here it comes with La Colombe’s Luisianne coffee, Jameson, and whipped cream ($11), all served in a colorful ‘Merica-themed mug.

1250 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

4. Espita Mezcaleria

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Leah Beilhart/Espita

Shaw’s Oaxacan-influenced mainstay offers a cold Café de Olla comprised of coffee, milk, canela cinnamon, and mezcal ($12). It’s only available during brunch.

1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Via Sophia

1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

The Hamilton Hotel’s new pizza and pasta parlor serves a Fumo Del Japu cocktail designed with Nikka Coffee Whiskey, rhubarb honey, and wood spice ($14).

1001 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

6. Nicoletta Italian Kitchen

901 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Spencer Starnes/NIK

New York-based Altamarea Group (Osteria Morini) recently opened an Italian all-day cafe and restaurant that offers a rich and creamy nitro martini on draft during brunch. The drink features espresso, vodka, and vanilla cream ($13).

901 4th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. BLT Steak

1625 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Jasmine Pierce/BLT Steak

The Wake and Bake is a modern twist on an espresso martini, counteracting coffee jitters with an infusion of calming CBD tincture. The Brugal rum-based drink is filled with cold brew and finished with a flamed orange peel garnish ($16).

1625 I St NW
Washington, DC 20006

8. Summit the Rooftop at Conrad Washington DC

950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Hilton’s swanky month-old rooftop bar overlooking CityCenterDC sells a Parisian Party with Dolin Blanc, La Colombe cold brew, demerara, absinthe, and soda ($14).

950 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Boqueria

777 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Leche de Pantera ($10), available at brunch only, comes with vodka, coffee, and condensed milk. The Barcelona-style tapas bar tops it with “Panther Powder.”

777 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Succotash

915 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Succotash/official photo

Succotash’s own label of Maker’s Mark Private Select Bourbon unites with St. George coffee liqueur, Carpano Antica, amara, and Havana & Hide Bitters for a Coffee and Cigarettes cocktail ($20).

915 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

11. POV

515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Ashley Cook/POV

The W Hotel DC’s newly renovated perch overlooking the White House offers a Cold Brew “Covfefe” — a nod to President Donald Trump’s infamous tweet — with Leopold Bros. French press coffee liqueur on ice ($17 each; $80 for a carafe). The toupee-splashed cup also contains Buzzard Point barrel aged white rum, tonic, limoncello, and espresso.

515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

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