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Updating the Eater Drinks Map: Where to Booze NOW

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I drink right now? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essential restaurants across the city and the Eater Heat Map highlights where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment, neither of these properly cover the bars and restaurants where cocktail aficionados and beer nerds are getting their drink on right now.

And so the time has come to update the Drinks Heat Map. Rather than feature the perennial favorites—we will assume you already know how to get to the Passenger and Estadio—this guide focuses on operations that are newer or have recently made significant revamps. This time around, we've also refocused the list to make sure all of the hot bars included serve cocktails, in honor of Cocktail Week 2013.

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.


January 2013: Added Hogo, the revamped Room 11, Mari Vanna, Satellite Room, Harold Black
May 2013: Added Barmini, The Rye Bar, Daikaya Izakaya
September 2013: Added Bar Charley, Thomas Foolery, Bardo, Mockingbird Hill
October 2013: Added Eat the Rich, 2 Birds 1 Stone, Barcelona Wine Bar, Petworth Citizen

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

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601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-2888
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Fiola has been cited time and time again since it opened last year for the talents of chef Fabio Trabocchi, but perhaps just as frequently for the talents of bar manager Jeff Faile. There are some small bites available at the bar that'll pair well with your classic choices or whatever Faile dreams up for you.

2. Hogo

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1017 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Hogo, Tom Brown's triubute to rum, has more than 75 varieties of the spirit. They can be found straight or in tiki-inspired cocktails. Food at Hogo changes depending on what chef is in the kitchen. Right now, the bar is serving up Hawaiian cuisine in a diner setting in the back of the bar.

3. Room 11

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3234 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 332-3234
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Despite a major expansion, Room 11 still remains intimate, but now that they've taken over the former Jeans N Things space next door, Room 11 has an entire bar focused on aperitifs and digestifs. It also serves breakfast.

4. barmini

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855 E St NW
Washington, DC 20004
Though the cocktails here aren't cheap, Barmini proves to be a more accessible alternative to Jose Andres' minibar. The restaurant features 100 cocktails, some of which are classic drinks and others which show influence from molecular gastronomy. There are also some unique snacks available, including Thai chicharrones. Reservations are hard to come by, but can be made online (patrons must ring the doorbell five times before they're allowed to enter).

5. The Rye Bar @capelladc

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1050 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 815-2425
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The Rye Bar, located within the new Capella hotel in Georgetown, has made headlines for its $22 Manhattan, but what sets this high-end bar apart is its experimental projects, including barrel-aged whiskey and an in-depth ice program.

6. Daikaya Izakaya

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705 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 589-1600
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Japanese whiskey is a major focus of this bar, located upstairs from the ramen portion of the restaurant. But it's also a place to take in unique, Japanese-influenced decor, or try a unique cocktail from Eddie Kim, such as the smoky Hearth is Home. Japanese bar bites such as okonomiyaki skewers and grilled avocado with ponzu sauce are available. And don't forget to try a spherified sake bomb, a nod to chef Katsuya Fukushima's time at Minibar.

7. Bar Charley

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1825 18th St
Washington D.C., DC 20009
This latest project is from the owners of El Chucho and Jackie's. Bar Charley is a chill bar with affordable cocktails (think $7-8) and an emphasis on tiki cocktails. The food is fun, too - fried eggplant balls, Sloppy Joes and more.

8. Thomas Foolery

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2029 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
D.C.'s wackiest bar, designed for those who are kids at heart, has plenty of Smirnoff, weird drink specials (perform the "Cups" routine from "Pitch Perfect" for a discount), a number of grilled cheese and other unique touches. The restaurant's beer list is cultivated by D.C. mini-celebrities and food world folks, who each chose a favorite. There are also "cocktail kits" for patrons to sample.

9. 2 Birds 1 Stone

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1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
There's a bit of an underground feel to 2 birds 1 stone, the basement bar of the white-hot Doi Moi restaurant. The bar represents the latest playground for Adam Bernbach, who designs hand-drawn menus for the cocktail bar each week. Salt-cured fruit figures into some drinks, and there's always a punch of the day for sampling. The drinks menu changes frequently, and the bar has a civilized feel ideal for quiet conversations. Vintage glassware adds a classy touch.

10. Eat The Rich

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1839 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 316-9396
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Cocktails by the pitcher are emphasized at Eat the Rich, the oyster-centric collaboration between The Columbia Room's Derek Brown and the Rappahannock Oyster Bar team. Try one spiked with mezcal or bourbon.

11. Barcelona Wine Bar

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1622 14th St NW
Washington D.C., DC
(202) 588-5500
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Barcelona has already become a scene in its first few weeks of operation. On the cocktail front, try drinks like the jalapeno-spiked Hot Dahlia or the Spanish classic Gintonic. Aperitivos and sangria are also a focus.

12. Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

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829 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 722-2939
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A new bar from the Room 11 team is bound to draw attention, and this one features a borrowing library and plenty of sake. Cocktails are designed by Firefly vet Kristi Green, who has incorporated Asian spirits into several drinks (classic cocktails are also available).

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1. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Fiola has been cited time and time again since it opened last year for the talents of chef Fabio Trabocchi, but perhaps just as frequently for the talents of bar manager Jeff Faile. There are some small bites available at the bar that'll pair well with your classic choices or whatever Faile dreams up for you.
601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

2. Hogo

1017 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hogo, Tom Brown's triubute to rum, has more than 75 varieties of the spirit. They can be found straight or in tiki-inspired cocktails. Food at Hogo changes depending on what chef is in the kitchen. Right now, the bar is serving up Hawaiian cuisine in a diner setting in the back of the bar.
1017 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Room 11

3234 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Despite a major expansion, Room 11 still remains intimate, but now that they've taken over the former Jeans N Things space next door, Room 11 has an entire bar focused on aperitifs and digestifs. It also serves breakfast.
3234 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

4. barmini

855 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Though the cocktails here aren't cheap, Barmini proves to be a more accessible alternative to Jose Andres' minibar. The restaurant features 100 cocktails, some of which are classic drinks and others which show influence from molecular gastronomy. There are also some unique snacks available, including Thai chicharrones. Reservations are hard to come by, but can be made online (patrons must ring the doorbell five times before they're allowed to enter).
855 E St NW
Washington, DC 20004

5. The Rye Bar @capelladc

1050 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
The Rye Bar, located within the new Capella hotel in Georgetown, has made headlines for its $22 Manhattan, but what sets this high-end bar apart is its experimental projects, including barrel-aged whiskey and an in-depth ice program.
1050 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007

6. Daikaya Izakaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Japanese whiskey is a major focus of this bar, located upstairs from the ramen portion of the restaurant. But it's also a place to take in unique, Japanese-influenced decor, or try a unique cocktail from Eddie Kim, such as the smoky Hearth is Home. Japanese bar bites such as okonomiyaki skewers and grilled avocado with ponzu sauce are available. And don't forget to try a spherified sake bomb, a nod to chef Katsuya Fukushima's time at Minibar.
705 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Bar Charley

1825 18th St, Washington D.C., DC 20009
This latest project is from the owners of El Chucho and Jackie's. Bar Charley is a chill bar with affordable cocktails (think $7-8) and an emphasis on tiki cocktails. The food is fun, too - fried eggplant balls, Sloppy Joes and more.
1825 18th St
Washington D.C., DC 20009

8. Thomas Foolery

2029 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
D.C.'s wackiest bar, designed for those who are kids at heart, has plenty of Smirnoff, weird drink specials (perform the "Cups" routine from "Pitch Perfect" for a discount), a number of grilled cheese and other unique touches. The restaurant's beer list is cultivated by D.C. mini-celebrities and food world folks, who each chose a favorite. There are also "cocktail kits" for patrons to sample.
2029 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

9. 2 Birds 1 Stone

1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
There's a bit of an underground feel to 2 birds 1 stone, the basement bar of the white-hot Doi Moi restaurant. The bar represents the latest playground for Adam Bernbach, who designs hand-drawn menus for the cocktail bar each week. Salt-cured fruit figures into some drinks, and there's always a punch of the day for sampling. The drinks menu changes frequently, and the bar has a civilized feel ideal for quiet conversations. Vintage glassware adds a classy touch.
1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

10. Eat The Rich

1839 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cocktails by the pitcher are emphasized at Eat the Rich, the oyster-centric collaboration between The Columbia Room's Derek Brown and the Rappahannock Oyster Bar team. Try one spiked with mezcal or bourbon.
1839 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. Barcelona Wine Bar

1622 14th St NW, Washington D.C., DC
Barcelona has already become a scene in its first few weeks of operation. On the cocktail front, try drinks like the jalapeno-spiked Hot Dahlia or the Spanish classic Gintonic. Aperitivos and sangria are also a focus.
1622 14th St NW
Washington D.C., DC

12. Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

829 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011
A new bar from the Room 11 team is bound to draw attention, and this one features a borrowing library and plenty of sake. Cocktails are designed by Firefly vet Kristi Green, who has incorporated Asian spirits into several drinks (classic cocktails are also available).
829 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011

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