Nothing says warm weather quite like a tiki cocktail, and D.C. bars have appropriately stepped up their games to reach drinkers hankering for rum-based concoctions and flaming scorpion bowls. There are some exciting new additions to the scene this season, including the Wharf’s tiki bar and rum distillery, Tiki TNT, and the Union Market-adjacent Coconut Club. Here’s where to find tiki drinks around the Washington area this summer and beyond.Read More
Where to Drink Tiki Cocktails in D.C.
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1. Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s Tiki Bar
Find this tiny tiki bar on Jack Rose’s rooftop from Thursday through Saturday evenings during summer months (Thursday boasts happy hour with half-priced cocktails from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.). Find drinks like Feelin’ Groggy (a riff on pirate’s grog) and the Mana-Na Colada, spiked with yellow Chartreuse, tequila, and Fernet Branca.
Washington, D.C. 20009
Arguably D.C.’s most well-known tiki bar, Archipelago is a place to share fire-topped, large-batch tiki drinks and affordable pina coladas during happy hour. Try the Pineapple of Hospitality (one of the ingredients listed is “secrets”). People who aren’t into rum will find a refreshing change-up with a drink called If The Phone Don’t Ring, It’s Me, which as bourbon and aperol.
3. Colada Shop
Pina coladas and classic daiquiris are among the selections at this Cuban combination cafe and bar.
4. Bar Charley
Painkillers, pina coladas, and other tiki takes (like the orgeat and passion fruit-spiked Saturn) are all on the menu at this Dupont Circle hangout. Scorpion bowls serve 2-4.
5. Astoria DC
Washington, DC 20036
This new addition to Dupont Circle brings together tiki cocktails and Sichuan food. Find drinks like a chartreuse swizzle, a drink also often seen at sister bar CopyCat Co. Painkillers have been particularly popular.
6. Coconut Club
This new hotspot near Union Market is all about the islands, with drinks like a frozen, rum-spiked Mahalo At You Later. Some drinks feature the spirits of neighboring rum distillery Cotton & Reed. Less festive but equally interesting is an old fashioned made with sesame oil and a coco-spam infused bourbon.
7. The Graham Georgetown Rooftop
Want to sip on a Mai Tai for four or a scorpion bowl on a scenic rooftop in Georgetown? The Graham Georgetown Rooftop (prevoiusly known as the Observatory) is the place to be.
8. Farmers Fishers Bakers
This Georgetown waterfront restaurant has been a longtime tiki destinations. Whole sections of its drink menu are devoted to Zombies and Mai Tais. Scorpion bowls are plentiful here, too.
9. Barmini by José Andrés
Barmini hardly limits its options to tiki drinks, but the innovative bar always makes sure to have a few on the menu, particularly during the summer.
Barrel transformed its politically-oriented bar-with-in-a-bar, PoliTiki, into the hip hop-themed Rum D.M.V. last October (the political mugs remain). Find several rum-based tiki drinks there, like riffs on painkillers and Cuba Libres.
11. Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company
Todd Thrasher’s new rum distillery on the Southwest Waterfront has a festive accompanying tiki bar. There’s a great happy hour, and the kind of well-balanced tiki drinks D.C. has come to expect from the mixologist behind PX.
12. Hula Girl Bar & Grill
Any place that plays the Elvis rom-com “Blue Hawaii” on a continuous loop has to know its way around tiki drinks, right? Get reacquainted with the award-winning musical here while drinking a Blue Hi with rum, vodka, blue curacao, pineapple, lemon and lime. Bonus tip: customers who pop in on a Friday get a lei. —Julekha Dash
13. Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge
This tiny bar is located in a room just off of the waterfront haunt Vola’s. Drinks like pina coladas and the habanero-flavored Hi-Tide Swizzle are served with conch fritters and fish tacos.