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Here's the Latest in D.C.'s Cocktails On Tap Trend

Where to find a Mai Tai, Singapore Sling and gin and tonic, all on tap.

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Since Washington area bars started serving cocktails on tap a couple of years ago at places like Red Apron in Union Market, the trend has taken off in a big way with about a dozen bars now offering them.

Serving cocktails on draft allows maintain the consistency in each drink and serve them up more quickly to thirsty customers, says Tico Assistant General Manager Chad Cortner. "When you make one massive margarita, you can make sure the entire batch is going to taste the same." The drinks come out faster because you’re not mixing or shaking each individual drink. Here’s a breakdown of the newest offerings: what’s on tap and where. —Julekha Dash

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tico DC

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1400
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Tico has three drinks on tap: The hibiscus margarita ($10), which blends Blue Agave tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice, Patron Citronge Lime and a syrup made with dried hibiscus flowers. Papa Made Bail ($10) features Pisco, fresh squeezed lemon juice, pineapple syrup, and habanero peppers macerated in grain alcohol. The dry rosé sangria ($9) blends Pisco, wine, fresh-squeezed oranges and lemon, apples and black tea leaves.

2. Teddy & The Bully Bar

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1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 872-8700
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Two cocktails are served on tap for $11 each. The Aviation blends Beefeater gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette and fresh lemon. The Lady Outlaw mixes Bols Genever and Bols Elderflower liqueurs, lemon sour and lavender bitters.

3. Mockingbird Hill

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1843 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 316-9396
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One of the early adopters of the cocktails on tap trend, Mockingbird Hill offers a Greenhat Gin & Pineapple-Sage Tonic — with a house made tonic — on tap for $9.

4. Southern Efficiency

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1841 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 316-9396
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The Fourth Regiment ($10) combines rye, sweet vermouth, aromatic, orange & celery bitters while the smoked cola & white whiskey features a house-made cola that the bar smokes.

5. Iron Gate

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1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 737-1371
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Iron Gate, which rotates its on-tap cocktail seasonally, is currently offering the Bijou ($12), with Ransom Old Tom Gin, Dolin Genepy, and vermouth.

6. Soi 38

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2101 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

The Thai restaurant offers the classic Southeast Asian cocktail, the Singapore Sling ($10) on draft. It features Beefeater Gin, Luxardo cherry, Benedictine, clarified lime juice, chili aromatic bitters, sloe gin and pineapple juice.

7. Chaplin's Restaurant & Bar

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1501 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Chaplin’s offers a whopping six cocktails on draft. All are $13. The most popular is the Vagabond, with gin, cucumber water, Pimms, ginger beer, lemon bitters and Lillet blanc.

8. Bar Charley

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1825 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Bar Charley offers two tiki taps ($7.95) the Suffering Bastard blends gin, bourbon, ginger beer, Angostura bitters and lime. Their Mai Tai blends aged and dark rums, orange curacao, Orgeat and Lime.

9. Poste Moderne Brasserie

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555 8th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-6060
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Poste’s draft gin and tonic ($13) blends Bombay Sapphire, pomegranate and cranberry juice, tonic water and cinnamon.

10. Red Apron Butchery

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

Red Apron is now featuring Nate's Negroni on tap at Union Market (Beefeater Gin, Cocchi Torino & Gran Classico).

1. Tico DC

1926 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Tico has three drinks on tap: The hibiscus margarita ($10), which blends Blue Agave tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice, Patron Citronge Lime and a syrup made with dried hibiscus flowers. Papa Made Bail ($10) features Pisco, fresh squeezed lemon juice, pineapple syrup, and habanero peppers macerated in grain alcohol. The dry rosé sangria ($9) blends Pisco, wine, fresh-squeezed oranges and lemon, apples and black tea leaves.

1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

2. Teddy & The Bully Bar

1200 19th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Two cocktails are served on tap for $11 each. The Aviation blends Beefeater gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette and fresh lemon. The Lady Outlaw mixes Bols Genever and Bols Elderflower liqueurs, lemon sour and lavender bitters.

1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

3. Mockingbird Hill

1843 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

One of the early adopters of the cocktails on tap trend, Mockingbird Hill offers a Greenhat Gin & Pineapple-Sage Tonic — with a house made tonic — on tap for $9.

1843 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Southern Efficiency

1841 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

The Fourth Regiment ($10) combines rye, sweet vermouth, aromatic, orange & celery bitters while the smoked cola & white whiskey features a house-made cola that the bar smokes.

1841 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

5. Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Iron Gate, which rotates its on-tap cocktail seasonally, is currently offering the Bijou ($12), with Ransom Old Tom Gin, Dolin Genepy, and vermouth.

1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

6. Soi 38

2101 L St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

The Thai restaurant offers the classic Southeast Asian cocktail, the Singapore Sling ($10) on draft. It features Beefeater Gin, Luxardo cherry, Benedictine, clarified lime juice, chili aromatic bitters, sloe gin and pineapple juice.

2101 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

7. Chaplin's Restaurant & Bar

1501 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Chaplin’s offers a whopping six cocktails on draft. All are $13. The most popular is the Vagabond, with gin, cucumber water, Pimms, ginger beer, lemon bitters and Lillet blanc.

1501 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Bar Charley

1825 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Bar Charley offers two tiki taps ($7.95) the Suffering Bastard blends gin, bourbon, ginger beer, Angostura bitters and lime. Their Mai Tai blends aged and dark rums, orange curacao, Orgeat and Lime.

1825 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. Poste Moderne Brasserie

555 8th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Poste’s draft gin and tonic ($13) blends Bombay Sapphire, pomegranate and cranberry juice, tonic water and cinnamon.

555 8th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

10. Red Apron Butchery

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

Red Apron is now featuring Nate's Negroni on tap at Union Market (Beefeater Gin, Cocchi Torino & Gran Classico).

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

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