clock menu more-arrow no yes
Jack Rose just unveiled more than 20 new fall cocktails last week.
Jack Rose just unveiled more than 20 new fall cocktails last week.
Jack Rose/official photo

13 Fall Cocktails to Try Right Now

Bring on the spice and steam

View as Map
Jack Rose just unveiled more than 20 new fall cocktails last week.
| Jack Rose/official photo

As the leaves fall and the weather cools, D.C. bars have been rolling out comforting cocktails engineered to warm up guests. The drinks below are worth a taste because they’re new, they’re presented creatively, or they celebrate fall flavors by packing in ingredients like pumpkin puree or dehydrated fruits and cinnamon.

For our guide to D.C.’s hottest new bars, check out this list.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. No Holier Temple at Jug & Table

Copy Link
2446 18th St NW 1st floor
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-7663
Visit Website

Adams Morgan’s resident wine bar has a wine-forward cocktail for the fall. It’s made with Humbolt Redwood Rye, moscato, and Reagan’s orange bitters ($13). A staff favorite also just joined the lineup: a $6 “Teeny Tini” shot-sized martini made with Civic Vodka or Brooklyn Gin and Oscar 687 Vermouth.

No Holier Temple at Jug & Table
Jug & Table/official photo

2. Bonfires, Uggs, and Flannels at Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Copy Link
2007 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7388
Visit Website

This destination whiskey bar also knows how to work with vodka. This seasonal elixir comes with Lapsang Souchong Belvedere, amaro montenegro, arbol chile, orange, lemon, whey, and firewater bitters ($14).

Bonfires, Uggs, and Flannels at Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Jack Rose/official photo

3. Tall, Dark and Frothy at Service Bar DC

Copy Link
926-928 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 462-7232
Visit Website

The postage stamp-sized bar in Shaw that just turned 3 perks up regulars with a cold concoction of coffee, coconut, Brugal XV rum, armagnac, and bitters ($15).

Tall, Dark and Frothy at Service Bar DC
@dd_mcc/Service Bar

4. Pumpkin Spice at El Techo

Copy Link
606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 836-4270
Visit Website

Shaw’s newly enclosed rooftop respite warms up guests with a hot mug of fresh pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and cream, all spiked with tequila or mezcal ($12).

Pumpkin Spice at El Techo
El Techo/official photo

5. Hendricks Spicy Gimlet at HopScotch Bar & Grill

Copy Link
1837 1st St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 853-9115
Visit Website

Bloomingdale’s board game bar puts a spicy spin on a gimlet ($12). Another playful take on a classic is its potent Black Russian that’s served without cream.

Hendricks Spicy Gimlet at HopScotch Bar & Grill
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

6. El Bastardo at The Royal

Copy Link
501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-7777
Visit Website

A riff on a Suffering Bastard comes with Colombian rum, gin, ancho chile-infused maple, Colombian herb guascas tincture, and bitters, garnished with cured and smoked apricot that’s akin to vegan candied bacon ($13).

El Bastardo at The Royal
The Royal/official photo

7. Carbonated Old Fashioned at Last Call

Copy Link
1301 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Mixtress Gina Chersevani’s new dive-ish bar in the Union Market district makes a carbonated Old Fashioned on draft for just $6. Her bubbly spin on the classic is inspired by the ‘50s trend of adding club soda.

Carbonated Old Fashioned at Last Call
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

8. Sour De La Paz at Bourbon Steak

Copy Link
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
Visit Website

The decade-old, ritzy lounge tucked inside the Four Seasons serves a Sour De La Paz featuring Singani 63, Bolivian Tannat, yellow chartreuse, lemon, ginger, and peach bitters ($18).

Sour De La Paz at Bourbon Steak
Bourbon Steak/official photo

9. Tyranny at Allegory

Copy Link
1201 K St NW #1
Washington, DC 20005

The dark, signless bar hidden off Eaton DC’s lobby serves a garnish-heavy elixir packed with Don Q Anejo, Batavia Arrack, Aperol, maraschino, absinthe, grapefruit, and lime ($16). The popular order doubles as a scorpion bowl that serves four to six ($60).

Tyranny at Allegory
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

10. Barrel-Aged Cognac at Kingbird

Copy Link
2650 Virginia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(866) 709-6910
Visit Website

The Watergate hotel’s new barrel-aged cocktail program requires a month of prep work. The time-intensive cognac variety is a blend of Martell VSOP Red Barrel, walnut liqueur, Nola Coffee liqueur, and chocolate bitters.

Barrel-Aged Cognac at Kingbird
Kingbird/official photo

11. Endless Summer at POV

Copy Link
515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2400
Visit Website

The W’s rooftop bar clearly wants summer to stay put, having just released this elixir with Martell Blue Swift, St. Germain, lemon, and tiki bitters.

Endless Summer at POV
POV/official photo

12. Imli at Punjab Grill

Copy Link
427 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 813-3004
Visit Website

The detail-oriented cocktail program at downtown’s elaborate Indian restaurant slings a cool glass of Espolon Reposado tequila, Old Forester bourbon, Grand Marnier, tamarindo, persimmon, and cinnamon ($15).

Imli at Punjab Grill
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

13. Cielo Rojo at Mi Vida Restaurante

Copy Link
98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 516-4656
Visit Website

The modern Mexican eatery’s seasonal margarita, designed for sipping while overlooking fall foliage across the Potomac, features Chamucos Blanco, spicy pasilla-infused cranberry, lime, and chile salt ($14).

Cielo Rojo at Mi Vida Restaurante
Darlin Kulla/Mi Vida

1. No Holier Temple at Jug & Table

2446 18th St NW 1st floor, Washington, DC 20009
No Holier Temple at Jug & Table
Jug & Table/official photo

Adams Morgan’s resident wine bar has a wine-forward cocktail for the fall. It’s made with Humbolt Redwood Rye, moscato, and Reagan’s orange bitters ($13). A staff favorite also just joined the lineup: a $6 “Teeny Tini” shot-sized martini made with Civic Vodka or Brooklyn Gin and Oscar 687 Vermouth.

2446 18th St NW 1st floor
Washington, DC 20009

2. Bonfires, Uggs, and Flannels at Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Bonfires, Uggs, and Flannels at Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Jack Rose/official photo

This destination whiskey bar also knows how to work with vodka. This seasonal elixir comes with Lapsang Souchong Belvedere, amaro montenegro, arbol chile, orange, lemon, whey, and firewater bitters ($14).

2007 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Tall, Dark and Frothy at Service Bar DC

926-928 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Tall, Dark and Frothy at Service Bar DC
@dd_mcc/Service Bar

The postage stamp-sized bar in Shaw that just turned 3 perks up regulars with a cold concoction of coffee, coconut, Brugal XV rum, armagnac, and bitters ($15).

926-928 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. Pumpkin Spice at El Techo

606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Pumpkin Spice at El Techo
El Techo/official photo

Shaw’s newly enclosed rooftop respite warms up guests with a hot mug of fresh pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and cream, all spiked with tequila or mezcal ($12).

606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Hendricks Spicy Gimlet at HopScotch Bar & Grill

1837 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hendricks Spicy Gimlet at HopScotch Bar & Grill
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Bloomingdale’s board game bar puts a spicy spin on a gimlet ($12). Another playful take on a classic is its potent Black Russian that’s served without cream.

1837 1st St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. El Bastardo at The Royal

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
El Bastardo at The Royal
The Royal/official photo

A riff on a Suffering Bastard comes with Colombian rum, gin, ancho chile-infused maple, Colombian herb guascas tincture, and bitters, garnished with cured and smoked apricot that’s akin to vegan candied bacon ($13).

501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Carbonated Old Fashioned at Last Call

1301 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Carbonated Old Fashioned at Last Call
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Mixtress Gina Chersevani’s new dive-ish bar in the Union Market district makes a carbonated Old Fashioned on draft for just $6. Her bubbly spin on the classic is inspired by the ‘50s trend of adding club soda.

1301 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Sour De La Paz at Bourbon Steak

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Sour De La Paz at Bourbon Steak
Bourbon Steak/official photo

The decade-old, ritzy lounge tucked inside the Four Seasons serves a Sour De La Paz featuring Singani 63, Bolivian Tannat, yellow chartreuse, lemon, ginger, and peach bitters ($18).

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

9. Tyranny at Allegory

1201 K St NW #1, Washington, DC 20005
Tyranny at Allegory
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

The dark, signless bar hidden off Eaton DC’s lobby serves a garnish-heavy elixir packed with Don Q Anejo, Batavia Arrack, Aperol, maraschino, absinthe, grapefruit, and lime ($16). The popular order doubles as a scorpion bowl that serves four to six ($60).

1201 K St NW #1
Washington, DC 20005

10. Barrel-Aged Cognac at Kingbird

2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Barrel-Aged Cognac at Kingbird
Kingbird/official photo

The Watergate hotel’s new barrel-aged cocktail program requires a month of prep work. The time-intensive cognac variety is a blend of Martell VSOP Red Barrel, walnut liqueur, Nola Coffee liqueur, and chocolate bitters.

2650 Virginia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

11. Endless Summer at POV

515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Endless Summer at POV
POV/official photo

The W’s rooftop bar clearly wants summer to stay put, having just released this elixir with Martell Blue Swift, St. Germain, lemon, and tiki bitters.

515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

12. Imli at Punjab Grill

427 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Imli at Punjab Grill
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

The detail-oriented cocktail program at downtown’s elaborate Indian restaurant slings a cool glass of Espolon Reposado tequila, Old Forester bourbon, Grand Marnier, tamarindo, persimmon, and cinnamon ($15).

427 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

13. Cielo Rojo at Mi Vida Restaurante

98 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024
Cielo Rojo at Mi Vida Restaurante
Darlin Kulla/Mi Vida

The modern Mexican eatery’s seasonal margarita, designed for sipping while overlooking fall foliage across the Potomac, features Chamucos Blanco, spicy pasilla-infused cranberry, lime, and chile salt ($14).

98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Related Maps