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Where to Drink Tiki Cocktails in D.C.

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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.

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1. Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s Tiki Bar

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-7388
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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.

2. Archipelago

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1201 U St NW
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.

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3. Colada Shop

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1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-8800
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Pina coladas and classic daiquiris are among the selections at this Cuban combination cafe and bar.

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4. Bar Charley

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1825 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 627-2183
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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.

Tiki drinks from Bar Charley
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5. Astoria DC

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1521 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 763-3311

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

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540 Penn St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-5500
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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.

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7. The Graham Georgetown Rooftop

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1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 337-0900
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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.

The Graham rooftop
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8. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-8783
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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

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501 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-4451
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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.

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10. Barrel

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613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-3622
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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

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1130 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 900-4786
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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

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4044 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 998-4853
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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

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101 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 935-8890
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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.

1. Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s Tiki Bar

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

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.

2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

2. Archipelago

1201 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
A tiki drink from Archipelago
Archipelago [official photo]

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.

1201 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Colada Shop

1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Colada Shop DC
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Pina coladas and classic daiquiris are among the selections at this Cuban combination cafe and bar.

1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Bar Charley

1825 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Tiki drinks from Bar Charley
Bar Charley [official photo]

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.

1825 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Astoria DC

1521 17th St NW, 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.

1521 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. Coconut Club

540 Penn St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Coconut Club
R. Lopez/Eater

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.

540 Penn St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. The Graham Georgetown Rooftop

1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20003
The Graham rooftop
The Graham [official photo]

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.

1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20003

8. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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.

3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

9. Barmini by José Andrés

501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
The Tears From A Thousand Swords from Barmini
R. Lopez/Official photo

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.

501 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

10. Barrel

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

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.

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

11. Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company

1130 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

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.

1130 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

12. Hula Girl Bar & Grill

4044 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

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

4044 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

13. Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

101 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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.

101 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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