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Where to Find Great Pitchers & Punch Bowls this Spring

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Whether it's by the pitcher or by the punch bowl, bar programs in DC are loading up on cocktails this spring by offering booze in bulk.

Here are several bars and restaurants where cocktails are served for small groups. There are martinis by the pitcher, brandy-port flavored sangrias, and a tiki-themed rum bowl that comes served with a flaming sidecar of grain alcohol. It all adds up to festiveness.

Just be sure to follow the serving size suggestions, listed on the menu, and drinkers beware, these pitchers pack a punch and are meant for sharing.
—Tim Ebner


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hank's Oyster Bar

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1624 Q St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 462-4265
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At the Dupont Circle outpost order up the Church Lady punch bowl. It’s a vodka, sparkling wine and juice concoction that’s kept cold by a floating chunk of rainbow sherbet. The bowl serves 4-6 people for $50 or 8-10 people for $90.

2. Hogo

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1017 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
There’s a constant rotation of rum punch drinks at Hogo. But, the volcano bowl is a boozy, tiki-themed constant that can be split by a group of 3-4 people. The bowl comes served with a flaming shot of grain alcohol. And, there’s a good reason to share: the volcano bowl features three different kinds of rum with a mix of maple syrup, grapefruit and lime.

3. Roofers Union

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2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-7663
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Revelers who want rooftop view can head to Roofer’s Union in Adams Morgan. Their roof serves punches that are priced by the person ($9 per person for two 5 oz drinks, served in either a small, medium, or large bowl). The “lei me down” punch, made with bourbon, dark rum, green tea, lemongrass, ginger, pineapple, mandarin and lemon was created by bar manager, Erin Goodman, who recently was deemed Cochon’s “punch queen.” Another early favorite, the “summer wind” mixes bitter flavors: Silver rum, Campari, lemon and mint.

4. Eat The Rich

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1839 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 316-9396
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There are five different kinds of cocktail pitchers that can serve four people at Derek Brown’s Eat the Rich. For spring, two are new to the menu: “splice the mainbrace!” a rum pitcher with house-made lemongrass tonic and lemon ($36) and “wildflower,” a gin, grapefruit and chamomile syrup drink ($34). Another popular pitcher is the “drink the martini” with DC’s Green Hat gin, vermouth and orange bitters ($36).

5. Teddy & the Bully Bar

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1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
The Roosevelt Island Punch ($48 per bowl) serves two to eight people and is a combination of Peruvian pisco, pineapple, and jasmine-lime tea, and Amargo bitters. Another exotic themed drink, the safari sangria ($32 per pitcher) mixes Vinho Verde (a Portuguese wine) and an Acai infused spirit with sage, apple, grapefruit, Chinese spice bitters, and sweet lime foam.

6. Lincoln

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1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 386-9200
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Teddy and the Bully Bar’s sister restaurant, Lincoln, serves a similar pisco mixed punch at happy hour ($39 from 4-7 p.m. / $49 all other times). The punchbowl serves 2-8 people. It’s a pomegranate, pineapple and lime flavored punch mixed with La Diablada pisco.

7. Zaytinya

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701 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 638-0800
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Zaytinya’s take on sangria, Pol Fili, mixes white wine, vodka and pomegranate juice. It comes served by the carafe for $42.

8. Mothership

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3301 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 629-3034
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At Petworth’s Mothership, guava daiquiris come served by the pitcher for $20. There’s also a peach liqueur-flavored white sangria and an orange liqueur-flavored red sangria. Both are $20 by the pitcher.

9. Osteria Morini

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301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 484-0660
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Just in time for baseball season, Osteria Morini is rolling out a new happy hour menu that features white sangria by the pitcher. The restaurant serves it chilled with cucumbers for $30. It also coincides with the opening of their 111-seat outdoor patio at Yards Park.

10. Red Light

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1401 R Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
Red Light, a racy dessert-themed bar, opens on 14th Street on Thursday in the former Bar di Bari space, and already the menu is calling for cocktails by the punchbowl. The “double down” uses rye whiskey, ginger and citrus fruits, plus organic rose bitters and brandied cherries.

11. GBD (Golden Brown Delicious)

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1323 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 524-5210
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GBD offers several punches by the jar or the jug. Give the Bourbon County Blossom a try ($8/$28).

12. Vinoteca

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1940 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-9463
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Vinoteca recently opened their patio and backyard bocce pits, and there’s a new cocktail menu, too. Bar manager Horus Alvarez combines port and brandy into a sangria cocktail. It’s served by the pitcher for $32 and mixes Torres 10 Brandy with Taylor Port, along with citrus, cinnamon and apple flavors.

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1. Hank's Oyster Bar

1624 Q St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
At the Dupont Circle outpost order up the Church Lady punch bowl. It’s a vodka, sparkling wine and juice concoction that’s kept cold by a floating chunk of rainbow sherbet. The bowl serves 4-6 people for $50 or 8-10 people for $90.
1624 Q St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

2. Hogo

1017 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
There’s a constant rotation of rum punch drinks at Hogo. But, the volcano bowl is a boozy, tiki-themed constant that can be split by a group of 3-4 people. The bowl comes served with a flaming shot of grain alcohol. And, there’s a good reason to share: the volcano bowl features three different kinds of rum with a mix of maple syrup, grapefruit and lime.
1017 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. Roofers Union

2446 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Revelers who want rooftop view can head to Roofer’s Union in Adams Morgan. Their roof serves punches that are priced by the person ($9 per person for two 5 oz drinks, served in either a small, medium, or large bowl). The “lei me down” punch, made with bourbon, dark rum, green tea, lemongrass, ginger, pineapple, mandarin and lemon was created by bar manager, Erin Goodman, who recently was deemed Cochon’s “punch queen.” Another early favorite, the “summer wind” mixes bitter flavors: Silver rum, Campari, lemon and mint.
2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. Eat The Rich

1839 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
There are five different kinds of cocktail pitchers that can serve four people at Derek Brown’s Eat the Rich. For spring, two are new to the menu: “splice the mainbrace!” a rum pitcher with house-made lemongrass tonic and lemon ($36) and “wildflower,” a gin, grapefruit and chamomile syrup drink ($34). Another popular pitcher is the “drink the martini” with DC’s Green Hat gin, vermouth and orange bitters ($36).
1839 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Teddy & the Bully Bar

1200 19th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
The Roosevelt Island Punch ($48 per bowl) serves two to eight people and is a combination of Peruvian pisco, pineapple, and jasmine-lime tea, and Amargo bitters. Another exotic themed drink, the safari sangria ($32 per pitcher) mixes Vinho Verde (a Portuguese wine) and an Acai infused spirit with sage, apple, grapefruit, Chinese spice bitters, and sweet lime foam.
1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

6. Lincoln

1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Teddy and the Bully Bar’s sister restaurant, Lincoln, serves a similar pisco mixed punch at happy hour ($39 from 4-7 p.m. / $49 all other times). The punchbowl serves 2-8 people. It’s a pomegranate, pineapple and lime flavored punch mixed with La Diablada pisco.
1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

7. Zaytinya

701 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Zaytinya’s take on sangria, Pol Fili, mixes white wine, vodka and pomegranate juice. It comes served by the carafe for $42.
701 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Mothership

3301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
At Petworth’s Mothership, guava daiquiris come served by the pitcher for $20. There’s also a peach liqueur-flavored white sangria and an orange liqueur-flavored red sangria. Both are $20 by the pitcher.
3301 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

9. Osteria Morini

301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Just in time for baseball season, Osteria Morini is rolling out a new happy hour menu that features white sangria by the pitcher. The restaurant serves it chilled with cucumbers for $30. It also coincides with the opening of their 111-seat outdoor patio at Yards Park.
301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

10. Red Light

1401 R Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
Red Light, a racy dessert-themed bar, opens on 14th Street on Thursday in the former Bar di Bari space, and already the menu is calling for cocktails by the punchbowl. The “double down” uses rye whiskey, ginger and citrus fruits, plus organic rose bitters and brandied cherries.
1401 R Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

11. GBD (Golden Brown Delicious)

1323 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
GBD offers several punches by the jar or the jug. Give the Bourbon County Blossom a try ($8/$28).
1323 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

12. Vinoteca

1940 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Vinoteca recently opened their patio and backyard bocce pits, and there’s a new cocktail menu, too. Bar manager Horus Alvarez combines port and brandy into a sangria cocktail. It’s served by the pitcher for $32 and mixes Torres 10 Brandy with Taylor Port, along with citrus, cinnamon and apple flavors.
1940 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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