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Stable’s seasonal spin on the negroni is filled with its own cherry liqueur.
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14 Negronis to Knock Back Right Now in D.C.

Never be without the classic Italian cocktail again

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Stable’s seasonal spin on the negroni is filled with its own cherry liqueur.
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Balanced with bitter, citrus and sweet notes, the popular negroni is particularly a crowd favorite when the weather warms up because it’s best enjoyed with a nice dose of sunshine and a soft breeze.

The simple, yet satisfying, classic Italian cocktail contains just three ingredients: gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Many restaurants stick closely to the traditional recipe, but that doesn’t stop curious bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts from experimenting with all kinds of variations to its original form. Some replace the gin with trendy spirits like Singani or overproof rum, while others play around with preparations like nitrogen infusion or frozen blends. Still others tweak the classic bitter or sweet components with counterparts like locally made amaro.

The ingredients may be different, but the intent is typically the same — a slightly bitter apéritif that is the drink of the season.

Here are 14 variations on the negroni mixed up all over town.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 2 Amys

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3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 885-5700
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Pizza and negronis make a fine pairing at this bustling Neapolitan-inspired kitchen that recently reopened for in-person dining. The namesake negroni is a marriage of Beefeater gin along with rose vermouth and bitter Tiber Aperitivo, both made in D.C. by Capitoline Vermouth.

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2. No Kisses Bar

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3120 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 601-7701
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It’s worth a trip to Park View for the namesake negroni at this cocktail bar and garden. The satisfying drink gets a depth of flavor and body from Ford’s gin, del Professore vermouth, Capitoline Tiber Aperitivo and Alta Verde amaro. Even better, there’s pizza and Italian fare available to bring over from Sonny’s Pizza next door.

3. Retrobottega

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2435 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 450-5219
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When the days get hot, this Italian small plates bar is ready to cool off Adams Morgan crowds with a negroni slushee, blended with gin, Campari, sweet vermouth and grapefruit juice.

4. The Green Zone

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2226 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Adams Morgan’s Middle Eastern cocktail bar relies on a recipe from tiki enthusiast Garret Richard of NYC’s dearly missed Existing Conditions to deliver a tropical take on the classic. Dubbed the Beachcomber Negroni, the drink balances a medley of Caribbean rums with Campari and Dolin vermouth. — Tierney Plumb

5. Officina Georgetown

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1525 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 629-2202
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This outpost of Nicholas Stefanelli’s trattoria features a negroni on its long list of classic cocktails. The bartenders keep it simple, with Beefeater gin, Campari and sweet vermouth.

6. Tabard Inn

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1739 N St. NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 785-1277
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This historic hotel serves a white negroni using Singani, a Bolivian grape spirit, instead of gin. The cocktail is finished with Cocchi Americano amaro and Suze, a bitter French liqueur.

7. Columbia Room

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124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 316-9396
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Anyone lucky enough to score a reservation to the Columbia Room’s spritz garden can savor an expertly crafted negroni, a unfussy mix of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth.

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8. CUT by Wolfgang Puck - DC

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1050 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 617-2424
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Wolfgang Puck’s luxurious steakhouse at the Rosewood Hotel has an entire section devoted to the invention of Italy’s beloved aperitif cocktail. The “Negroni Century” collection features options like the Golden Negroni (Botanist gin, Suze, Italicus, Dolin Blanc vermouth) and Capitol Negroni built with Puck’s exclusive rye collab with Catoctin Creek. — T.P.

The Golden Negroni at Cut.
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9. The Capital Burger

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1005 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-0414
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This Capital Grill offshoot has a barrel-aged negroni on its menu to pair with its burgers and sandwiches, priced at a reasonable $12.

10. Alta Strada

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465 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 629-4662
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There are two types of negronis to pick from while dining here, starting with the classic, poured from the tap and made with London dry gin. The bar also mixes a negroni radler, combining the standard negroni with grapefruit, orange and a splash of Peroni lager.

11. RPM Italian

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650 K Street NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 204-4480
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This Italian spot has a classic take on the negroni, stirring it with Ford’s gin, house-blended vermouth and Campari.

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12. Stable DC

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1324 H St NE
Washinton, DC 20002
(202) 733-4604
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This cozy Swiss restaurant is known for its herbal and seasonal drinks. For summer, it’s created a Cherroni, with local Green Hat citrus gin and Don Ciccio & Figli Cerasum Aperitivo along with amaro and housemade cherry liqueur.

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13. Sfoglina Rosslyn

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1100 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(202) 525-1402
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The negroni comes in three variations at Fabio Trabocchi’s relaxed pasta house. The classic is made with Bluecoat gin, while the Island variety swaps in overproof Jamaican rum. A more refined European twist features Hayman’s Old Tom gin, Select Aperitivo and fino sherry. Glitzy Georgetown sister Fiola Mare serves a pair of reliable negronis, too.

14. All-Purpose Riverfront

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 629-1894
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The on-tap nitro negronis at this riverside pizzeria make for smooth sipping, especially before or after a Nationals game.

Brunch pizzas and cocktails from All-Purpose Capitol Riverfront
Brunch pizzas and cocktails from All-Purpose Capitol Riverfront
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1. 2 Amys

3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016
Tina Seashore/2Amys

Pizza and negronis make a fine pairing at this bustling Neapolitan-inspired kitchen that recently reopened for in-person dining. The namesake negroni is a marriage of Beefeater gin along with rose vermouth and bitter Tiber Aperitivo, both made in D.C. by Capitoline Vermouth.

3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20016

2. No Kisses Bar

3120 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

It’s worth a trip to Park View for the namesake negroni at this cocktail bar and garden. The satisfying drink gets a depth of flavor and body from Ford’s gin, del Professore vermouth, Capitoline Tiber Aperitivo and Alta Verde amaro. Even better, there’s pizza and Italian fare available to bring over from Sonny’s Pizza next door.

3120 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. Retrobottega

2435 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

When the days get hot, this Italian small plates bar is ready to cool off Adams Morgan crowds with a negroni slushee, blended with gin, Campari, sweet vermouth and grapefruit juice.

2435 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. The Green Zone

2226 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Adams Morgan’s Middle Eastern cocktail bar relies on a recipe from tiki enthusiast Garret Richard of NYC’s dearly missed Existing Conditions to deliver a tropical take on the classic. Dubbed the Beachcomber Negroni, the drink balances a medley of Caribbean rums with Campari and Dolin vermouth. — Tierney Plumb

2226 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Officina Georgetown

1525 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

This outpost of Nicholas Stefanelli’s trattoria features a negroni on its long list of classic cocktails. The bartenders keep it simple, with Beefeater gin, Campari and sweet vermouth.

1525 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

6. Tabard Inn

1739 N St. NW, Washington, D.C.

This historic hotel serves a white negroni using Singani, a Bolivian grape spirit, instead of gin. The cocktail is finished with Cocchi Americano amaro and Suze, a bitter French liqueur.

1739 N St. NW
Washington, D.C.

7. Columbia Room

124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
Maya Oren/MOJALVO

Anyone lucky enough to score a reservation to the Columbia Room’s spritz garden can savor an expertly crafted negroni, a unfussy mix of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth.

124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. CUT by Wolfgang Puck - DC

1050 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
The Golden Negroni at Cut.
Humberto Cantu/Cut

Wolfgang Puck’s luxurious steakhouse at the Rosewood Hotel has an entire section devoted to the invention of Italy’s beloved aperitif cocktail. The “Negroni Century” collection features options like the Golden Negroni (Botanist gin, Suze, Italicus, Dolin Blanc vermouth) and Capitol Negroni built with Puck’s exclusive rye collab with Catoctin Creek. — T.P.

1050 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007

9. The Capital Burger

1005 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This Capital Grill offshoot has a barrel-aged negroni on its menu to pair with its burgers and sandwiches, priced at a reasonable $12.

1005 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Alta Strada

465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

There are two types of negronis to pick from while dining here, starting with the classic, poured from the tap and made with London dry gin. The bar also mixes a negroni radler, combining the standard negroni with grapefruit, orange and a splash of Peroni lager.

465 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. RPM Italian

650 K Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Lindsay Eberly x Eberly Film Lab, LLC

This Italian spot has a classic take on the negroni, stirring it with Ford’s gin, house-blended vermouth and Campari.

650 K Street NW
Washington, D.C.

12. Stable DC

1324 H St NE, Washinton, DC 20002
Amanda Hoey/Stable

This cozy Swiss restaurant is known for its herbal and seasonal drinks. For summer, it’s created a Cherroni, with local Green Hat citrus gin and Don Ciccio & Figli Cerasum Aperitivo along with amaro and housemade cherry liqueur.

1324 H St NE
Washinton, DC 20002

13. Sfoglina Rosslyn

1100 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

The negroni comes in three variations at Fabio Trabocchi’s relaxed pasta house. The classic is made with Bluecoat gin, while the Island variety swaps in overproof Jamaican rum. A more refined European twist features Hayman’s Old Tom gin, Select Aperitivo and fino sherry. Glitzy Georgetown sister Fiola Mare serves a pair of reliable negronis, too.

1100 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

14. All-Purpose Riverfront

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Brunch pizzas and cocktails from All-Purpose Capitol Riverfront
Brunch pizzas and cocktails from All-Purpose Capitol Riverfront
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

The on-tap nitro negronis at this riverside pizzeria make for smooth sipping, especially before or after a Nationals game.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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