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A slushee pina colada from Colada Shop
A slushee pina colada from the Wharf’s Colada Shop.
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Where to Find Fine Frozen Cocktails Around D.C.

Piña coladas, frosé all day, and other icy drinks to beat the late summer heat

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A slushee pina colada from the Wharf’s Colada Shop.
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D.C.’s sweltering temperatures aren’t budging anytime soon, which makes frozen cocktails the perfect way to cool off into the fall. Slushee spins on classics like the daiquiri, margarita, and piña colada can be found at many tiki-themed bars. But neighborhood bars, sports pubs, rooftop hideaways, and even an Airstream trailer parked outside Union Market are also in on the chill cocktail craze.

Restaurants are also expanding their frozen cocktail game with reimagined options, like boozy popsicles and root beer floats. Sherry, pisco, and green tea add creative flavors to the mix. Just be careful of how fast the drink goes down, or risk the ultimate pain of brain freeze.

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1. Millie's Spring Valley

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4866 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 733-5789
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Pair seafood fare with frosé ($13) at the Nantucket-themed restaurant, which also features a $14 rum, coconut, pineapple and orange juice concoction called a Riptide.

2. Sonny’s Pizza

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3120 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 601-7701
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The Columbia Heights pizza joint has a diverse assortment of beverage selections, but none more interesting than the Golden Child. Made with gin, vodka, cognac, lemon and orange, pair the slushie with an entire pie, sandwich, or eggplant parmesan.

3. Tiki On 18th

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2411 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 846-1952
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Adams Morgan’s colorful tiki bar is the upstairs sibling to the Game, longtime bar manager Jo-Jo Valenzuela’s sports bar full of Filipino pub grub. Frozen concoctions served in wild glassware include a frothy take on the original Hurricane born at Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans.

4. The Green Zone

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2226 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

The unique cocktail names are enough to bring Washingtonians to The Green Zone in droves. But, it’s the combination of flavors that make the Middle Eastern bar a favorite in Adams Morgan. Developed by former Waldorf Astoria bar manager Wil P. Taylor in 1930s Cuba, the Hotel Nacional Special combines rum, apricot brandy, pineapple and lime.

5. Provision No. 14

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2100 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 827-4530
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For something tropical, try the Forever Summer slushee at Provision 14 — a mix of rum, mint syrup, and lime for $11. Meanwhile, Moscow mule fans will want to give their frozen variety a sip. Available for takeout only.

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6. Archipelago

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1201 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Archipelago is already a big hit with tiki fanatics, thanks in part to their charming beachside decor. This is the place for a frozen pina colada that pairs well with a side of Chinese takeout.

7. HalfSmoke

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651 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 986-2079
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HalfSmoke sends out cool cups of rose, vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. For dairy fans, there’s a whopping seven spiked shakes to choose from. The over-the-top “Hotline Bling” is adorned with strawberry, tequila, strawberry syrup, a candy necklace, rock candy stick, and a ring pop.

Frozen cocktail fans at HalfSmoke.
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8. El Techo

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606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 836-4270
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Shaw’s tropical rooftop bar cools off customers with a pair of frozen drinks. La Chica Tropical is a mix of frozen Wodka vodka, lime, hibiscus, passion fruit and basil, while La Catrina works in cranberry, pineapple, guava and Monte Alba tequila.

9. Bar Pilar

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1833 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-1751
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The green tea slushie at the Ernest Hemingway-inspired mainstay riffs on the shot of the summer, built with bourbon, lemonade, and peach schnapps.

10. Electric Cool-Aid

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512 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 921-9021
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Electric Cool-Aid features an impressive 18 frozen options. Some standouts include frozen Irish coffee, frozen mango with house-infused chili vodka and for Disney lovers, an adult spin on the Magic Kingdom treat comprised of Dole Whip colada, pineapple, coconut and rum.

11. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 319-1612
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A frosé blend with vodka, Aperol, strawberry, and lemon is $15 at Pearl Dive, which unveiled an expanded patio on 14th Street NW last year.

12. Cotton & Reed

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1330 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-2805
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Lukas B. Smith’s curiously mint green Cocomotion cocktail — a pina colada ($13) made with lacto-fermented coconut — continues to be a best seller at the rum distillery near Union Market.

The Cocomotion at Cotton & Reed.
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13. Serenata

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1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 920-7373
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Partner and beverage director Andra “AJ” Johnson has two frozen cocktails available for takeout at this pan-Latin bar inside the La Cosecha market. La Doña frosé has orange Curacao and seasonal fruit, and the Nova Bossa is made with cachaca, lime, orgeat, coconut milk, cava, and mango.

A two-person Mar Caribe cocktail from Serenata
A Mar Caribe cocktail from Serenata
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14. Suburbia

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

In the summer months, Union Market’s resident Airstream-turned-bar is the spot for frozen adult beverages. The lineup from Gina Chersevani (Buffalo & Bergen) rotates weekly, and frozen cocktails start at $9 each. Two of the more popular options are the grapefruit margarita and orange crush, spiked with vodka and flavored with orange and sassafras.

Suburbia’s colorful lineup.
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15. Tokyo Pearl

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1301 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 817-3187
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Tokyo Pearl’s frozen drink machine planted on the patio churns out tiki cocktails in every color of the rainbow that are served in sizable mason jars and topped with umbrellas and cherries.

16. Columbia Room

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124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 316-9396
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Leave it to Columbia Room to fancy up a frozen marg with Altos Reposado, sherry, salted agave, lime and a slushie spin on Spain’s wine and cola-based Kalimotxo.

17. Dauphine’s

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1100 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 758-3785
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Dauphine’s brings southern hospitality to the District with its Ponchatoula Strawberry Shandy, a refreshingly frozen Shandy made with Louisiana’s own Abita Strawberry Lager.

 

18. Casta's Rum Bar

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1121 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 660-1440
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West End’s lively Cuban bar pours rum into an array of frozen drinks, like a pina colada, daiquiri, and Havana Vice ($12 each). Large-format pitchers for four are $50.

19. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 298-8783
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There’s a tiki-themed menu at Farmers Fishers Bakers on the water in Georgetown, and many of the drinks are topped with tropical garnishes. The frozen gin and tonic and lava flow, a rum and coconut-based concoction, are house specialties.

20. Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company

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1130 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 900-4786
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Lauded bar manager Todd Thrasher’s giant tiki bar and rum distillery on the Southwest waterfront offers a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of D.C. All three frozen drinks, including a spiced rum “in” Coke, retail for $14 each. Theirs a frozen drink ‘o’ the day special for drinkers who like a little suspense.

A frozen rum and Coke from Tiki TNT
A frozen rum and Coke from Tiki TNT
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21. Shelter

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 661-0142
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Neighborhood Restaurant Group beverage director Greg Engert has a watermelon frosé and for those craving spice there’s the Little Bao Bao made of baijiu, rum, pineapple, coconut, Szechuan chili oil, Baltamaro Szechuan liquer and lime.

22. Colada Shop (Multiple locations)

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10 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 932-2980
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The expansion-minded Cuban cafe’s Wharf locale sells guave frosé slushees. Pina coladas are also sold there and at the tiny, popular shop in Logan Circle.

23. Agua 301

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301 Water St SE, Washington
D.C., 20003
(202) 484-0301
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There are plenty of frozen margaritas on the menu at the waterfront Mexican restaurant in Navy Yard, but customers can order a pitcher of frozen peach sangria for something different.

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24. The Salt Line

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 506-2368
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Take in views of the river while sipping on a choice of two frozen cocktails at the New England-style seafood spot in Navy Yard. The Del’s Shandy is made of vodka, lemon, and Narragansett Del’s Shandy beer while the DC Crush is a blend of vodka, triple sec, orange, and DC Brau Orange Crush spiked seltzer. Available via pickup or delivery.

25. Big Buns Damn Good Burger Co.

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4251 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 933-2867
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The whimsical Northern Virginia brand sends out a rotating selection of adult slushies and boozy vanilla, chocolate, or Nutella and Oreo shakes spiked with a shot of Irish cream liqueur, bourbon, or whiskey. And it’s easy to do a frozen drinks bar crawl in Shirlington Village, with delicious options from Dudley’s Ale House, Taco + Piña, Samuel Becketts, and Guapo’s.

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1. Millie's Spring Valley

4866 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Pair seafood fare with frosé ($13) at the Nantucket-themed restaurant, which also features a $14 rum, coconut, pineapple and orange juice concoction called a Riptide.

4866 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

2. Sonny’s Pizza

3120 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

The Columbia Heights pizza joint has a diverse assortment of beverage selections, but none more interesting than the Golden Child. Made with gin, vodka, cognac, lemon and orange, pair the slushie with an entire pie, sandwich, or eggplant parmesan.

3120 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. Tiki On 18th

2411 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Adams Morgan’s colorful tiki bar is the upstairs sibling to the Game, longtime bar manager Jo-Jo Valenzuela’s sports bar full of Filipino pub grub. Frozen concoctions served in wild glassware include a frothy take on the original Hurricane born at Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans.

2411 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. The Green Zone

2226 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The unique cocktail names are enough to bring Washingtonians to The Green Zone in droves. But, it’s the combination of flavors that make the Middle Eastern bar a favorite in Adams Morgan. Developed by former Waldorf Astoria bar manager Wil P. Taylor in 1930s Cuba, the Hotel Nacional Special combines rum, apricot brandy, pineapple and lime.

2226 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Provision No. 14

2100 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
R. Lopez/Eater DC

For something tropical, try the Forever Summer slushee at Provision 14 — a mix of rum, mint syrup, and lime for $11. Meanwhile, Moscow mule fans will want to give their frozen variety a sip. Available for takeout only.

2100 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. Archipelago

1201 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Archipelago is already a big hit with tiki fanatics, thanks in part to their charming beachside decor. This is the place for a frozen pina colada that pairs well with a side of Chinese takeout.

1201 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. HalfSmoke

651 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Frozen cocktail fans at HalfSmoke.
HalfSmoke/official photo

HalfSmoke sends out cool cups of rose, vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. For dairy fans, there’s a whopping seven spiked shakes to choose from. The over-the-top “Hotline Bling” is adorned with strawberry, tequila, strawberry syrup, a candy necklace, rock candy stick, and a ring pop.

651 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. El Techo

606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Shaw’s tropical rooftop bar cools off customers with a pair of frozen drinks. La Chica Tropical is a mix of frozen Wodka vodka, lime, hibiscus, passion fruit and basil, while La Catrina works in cranberry, pineapple, guava and Monte Alba tequila.

606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Bar Pilar

1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The green tea slushie at the Ernest Hemingway-inspired mainstay riffs on the shot of the summer, built with bourbon, lemonade, and peach schnapps.

1833 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

10. Electric Cool-Aid

512 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Electric Cool-Aid features an impressive 18 frozen options. Some standouts include frozen Irish coffee, frozen mango with house-infused chili vodka and for Disney lovers, an adult spin on the Magic Kingdom treat comprised of Dole Whip colada, pineapple, coconut and rum.

512 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

A frosé blend with vodka, Aperol, strawberry, and lemon is $15 at Pearl Dive, which unveiled an expanded patio on 14th Street NW last year.

1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

12. Cotton & Reed

1330 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
The Cocomotion at Cotton & Reed.
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Lukas B. Smith’s curiously mint green Cocomotion cocktail — a pina colada ($13) made with lacto-fermented coconut — continues to be a best seller at the rum distillery near Union Market.

1330 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

13. Serenata

1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
A two-person Mar Caribe cocktail from Serenata
A Mar Caribe cocktail from Serenata
Rey Lopez/For Serenata

Partner and beverage director Andra “AJ” Johnson has two frozen cocktails available for takeout at this pan-Latin bar inside the La Cosecha market. La Doña frosé has orange Curacao and seasonal fruit, and the Nova Bossa is made with cachaca, lime, orgeat, coconut milk, cava, and mango.

1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

14. Suburbia

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Suburbia’s colorful lineup.
Suburbia/official photo

In the summer months, Union Market’s resident Airstream-turned-bar is the spot for frozen adult beverages. The lineup from Gina Chersevani (Buffalo & Bergen) rotates weekly, and frozen cocktails start at $9 each. Two of the more popular options are the grapefruit margarita and orange crush, spiked with vodka and flavored with orange and sassafras.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

15. Tokyo Pearl

1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Tokyo Pearl’s frozen drink machine planted on the patio churns out tiki cocktails in every color of the rainbow that are served in sizable mason jars and topped with umbrellas and cherries.

1301 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

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16. Columbia Room

124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

Leave it to Columbia Room to fancy up a frozen marg with Altos Reposado, sherry, salted agave, lime and a slushie spin on Spain’s wine and cola-based Kalimotxo.

124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

17. Dauphine’s

1100 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Dauphine’s brings southern hospitality to the District with its Ponchatoula Strawberry Shandy, a refreshingly frozen Shandy made with Louisiana’s own Abita Strawberry Lager.

 

1100 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

18. Casta's Rum Bar

1121 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

West End’s lively Cuban bar pours rum into an array of frozen drinks, like a pina colada, daiquiri, and Havana Vice ($12 each). Large-format pitchers for four are $50.

1121 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

19. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

There’s a tiki-themed menu at Farmers Fishers Bakers on the water in Georgetown, and many of the drinks are topped with tropical garnishes. The frozen gin and tonic and lava flow, a rum and coconut-based concoction, are house specialties.

3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

20. Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company

1130 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
A frozen rum and Coke from Tiki TNT
A frozen rum and Coke from Tiki TNT
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Lauded bar manager Todd Thrasher’s giant tiki bar and rum distillery on the Southwest waterfront offers a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of D.C. All three frozen drinks, including a spiced rum “in” Coke, retail for $14 each. Theirs a frozen drink ‘o’ the day special for drinkers who like a little suspense.

1130 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

21. Shelter

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Neighborhood Restaurant Group beverage director Greg Engert has a watermelon frosé and for those craving spice there’s the Little Bao Bao made of baijiu, rum, pineapple, coconut, Szechuan chili oil, Baltamaro Szechuan liquer and lime.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

22. Colada Shop (Multiple locations)

10 Pearl St SW, Washington, DC 20024

The expansion-minded Cuban cafe’s Wharf locale sells guave frosé slushees. Pina coladas are also sold there and at the tiny, popular shop in Logan Circle.

10 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC 20024

23. Agua 301

301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C., 20003
R. Lopez/Eater DC

There are plenty of frozen margaritas on the menu at the waterfront Mexican restaurant in Navy Yard, but customers can order a pitcher of frozen peach sangria for something different.

301 Water St SE, Washington
D.C., 20003

24. The Salt Line

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

Take in views of the river while sipping on a choice of two frozen cocktails at the New England-style seafood spot in Navy Yard. The Del’s Shandy is made of vodka, lemon, and Narragansett Del’s Shandy beer while the DC Crush is a blend of vodka, triple sec, orange, and DC Brau Orange Crush spiked seltzer. Available via pickup or delivery.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

25. Big Buns Damn Good Burger Co.

4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206
Big Buns Damn Good Burger Co./official photo

The whimsical Northern Virginia brand sends out a rotating selection of adult slushies and boozy vanilla, chocolate, or Nutella and Oreo shakes spiked with a shot of Irish cream liqueur, bourbon, or whiskey. And it’s easy to do a frozen drinks bar crawl in Shirlington Village, with delicious options from Dudley’s Ale House, Taco + Piña, Samuel Becketts, and Guapo’s.

4251 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

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