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R. Lopez

Drink Up in D.C. With These Perfect Punches

Drink from a bowl or just get a glass

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There's a communal feel to sipping on a glass of punch. It is in many ways the original party drink, and bars have begun to rediscover the art of crafting a great punch. It's also an ideal option for happy hours and lazy afternoons.

The specifics are up for interpretation. Punches tend to be rum-based, but there are plenty of drinks based on whiskey and even gin. But true punches follow a standard ratio of ingredients. It's usually one part sour, two parts sweet, and three parts booze. It's not uncommon for bars to craft punches in batches, with recipes changing depending on everything from the weather or the bartender's taste. The result is a smooth cocktail that's balanced in flavor and has just the right amount of bite.

From swank cocktail bars to neighborhood hangouts, here are a dozen area spots to settle in with a cup or bowl of a great punch this summer.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 2 Birds 1 Stone

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1800 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Head to this cocktail bar beneath Doi Moi and sip on the $10 punch du jour which, naturally, rotates each day according to the whims of the bar staff.

2. Alfie's

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3301 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 853-3901
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Alfie's serves up a rotating patio punch for $5 to wash down the kitchen's sweat-enducing Thai cuisine. It makes a limited amount each day though, so arrive early for the best chance at a glass or two.

3. All Set Restaurant & Bar

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8630 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 495-8800
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Guests who stop in during happy hour can score some New England vibes and $7 glasses of house punch. The special menu is available from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 3 p.m. to close on Sunday.

4. Brine

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2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 280-1000
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The punch at this seafood restaurant in Mosaic Distrcit changes daily but the formula sticks to the traditional combination of sweet, sour, and booze. It sells for $9 for a four ounce serving.

5. Hank's Oyster Bar

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633 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 733-1971
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This neighborhood seafood spot mixes up a daily punch during happy hour for $5. Swing by Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. until close.

6. Lincoln

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1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 386-9200
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The $49 Emancipation Punch No. 6 here is truly a group affair. The recipe is packed with Pimms, Greenhat seasonal gin, green tea, cucumber syrup, lemon sour, and lavender bitters.

7. Mulebone

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2121 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-6432
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The Southern-inspired drink list here currently features two seasonal punches for $10 per glass and $45 for a pitcher. Or come for brunch and take advantage of bottomless punch for $12. The bourbon punch has peach, mint and lemon juice. The bar's bubble punch mixes white rum, Batavia arrak, pineapple, lemon, and a sparkling wine float.

8. Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

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829 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

Check out the chalkboard for the daily punch option. At $6 a pop, it's worth a roll of the dice to taste what the bar has concocted.

9. Thally

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1316 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 733-3849
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On the list of "Thallytails" is a daily punch for $12. It's mixed in small batches so when it's gone, it's gone.

10. The Columbia Room

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124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 316-9396
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The outdoor punch garden is just one section of this upscale cocktail bar. The expertly-crafted punches are between $14 and $15 and range from whiskey-focused, to gin-based, and everything in between.

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11. The Fainting Goat

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1330 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 735-0344
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Punches are a relatively affordable option at this socialable watering hole, with four seasonal options on the menu at $9 each. Among the choices is the fruity and refreshing Cara Cara punch, which blends Irish whiskey, oranges, and hibiscus.

1. 2 Birds 1 Stone

1800 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Head to this cocktail bar beneath Doi Moi and sip on the $10 punch du jour which, naturally, rotates each day according to the whims of the bar staff.

1800 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

2. Alfie's

3301 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Alfie's serves up a rotating patio punch for $5 to wash down the kitchen's sweat-enducing Thai cuisine. It makes a limited amount each day though, so arrive early for the best chance at a glass or two.

3301 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

3. All Set Restaurant & Bar

8630 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Guests who stop in during happy hour can score some New England vibes and $7 glasses of house punch. The special menu is available from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 3 p.m. to close on Sunday.

8630 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910

4. Brine

2985 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031

The punch at this seafood restaurant in Mosaic Distrcit changes daily but the formula sticks to the traditional combination of sweet, sour, and booze. It sells for $9 for a four ounce serving.

2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031

5. Hank's Oyster Bar

633 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

This neighborhood seafood spot mixes up a daily punch during happy hour for $5. Swing by Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. until close.

633 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

6. Lincoln

1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

The $49 Emancipation Punch No. 6 here is truly a group affair. The recipe is packed with Pimms, Greenhat seasonal gin, green tea, cucumber syrup, lemon sour, and lavender bitters.

1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

7. Mulebone

2121 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

The Southern-inspired drink list here currently features two seasonal punches for $10 per glass and $45 for a pitcher. Or come for brunch and take advantage of bottomless punch for $12. The bourbon punch has peach, mint and lemon juice. The bar's bubble punch mixes white rum, Batavia arrak, pineapple, lemon, and a sparkling wine float.

2121 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

8. Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

829 Upshur St NW, Washington, D.C. 20011

Check out the chalkboard for the daily punch option. At $6 a pop, it's worth a roll of the dice to taste what the bar has concocted.

829 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

9. Thally

1316 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

On the list of "Thallytails" is a daily punch for $12. It's mixed in small batches so when it's gone, it's gone.

1316 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. The Columbia Room

124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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The outdoor punch garden is just one section of this upscale cocktail bar. The expertly-crafted punches are between $14 and $15 and range from whiskey-focused, to gin-based, and everything in between.

124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. The Fainting Goat

1330 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Punches are a relatively affordable option at this socialable watering hole, with four seasonal options on the menu at $9 each. Among the choices is the fruity and refreshing Cara Cara punch, which blends Irish whiskey, oranges, and hibiscus.

1330 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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