In the nation’s capital, ‘tis the season for a hot beverage in-hand.
As the weather cools down, the cocktails at DC restaurants and cafes warm up. Get your fix of wintry vibes with this array of offerings that can be found across the city.
Toast to the Season
These hot spots have decked the halls for you to eat, drink and be merry. Death Punch is making spirits bright with the Miracle pop-up covered in tinsel, wrapping paper and ornaments and offering a hot buttered rum, mulled wine and more served in festive glassware. Penn Social shimmers with twinkling lights and Winterfest at Wunder Garten offers a hot chocolate bar dressed in holiday style. Step into the Nutcracker-inspired bar at Duke’s Grocery’s Navy Yard location, indulge in a holiday themed menu at Colada Shop’s holiday bar on 14th Street and uncover a seasonal speakeasy at the Westin City Center.
This hot spot goes all out for the holiday season. Sit around the outdoor fire pits to indulge in six varieties of s'mores or snag a seat inside with three rooms decorated floor-to-ceiling in festive adornments. Featured cocktails include an apple pie White Russian, four flavors of espresso martinis and a Bailey's hot chocolate flight.
916 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Head to the roof of Union Market to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Hi-Lawn, which also offers gorgeous views of the city and seasonal dishes. While there, order up a tasty hot cider, Irish coffee or toddy. Fire pits and s'mores kits add an extra layer of coziness.
1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 (Union Market rooftop)
Styled after classic French cafes, Le Diplomate offers a uniquely European experience in the heart of DC. Its food menus double up on the overseas sentiment with dishes like onion soup gratinée, steak frites and bouillabaisse. The eatery also boasts a robust cocktail list featuring the Cidre Epice, a warm spiced cider drink equipped with spiced rum.
1601 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
The courtyard of Dirty Habit, situated within the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, has been transformed into a ski chalet wonderland. The patio has been winter-ized with fire pits, heaters, festive décor and seasonal libations. Warm up from the inside out with the Grape Reverie, a cabernet sauvignon mulled with cognac, cranberries, masala chai and honey. Treat your sweet tooth with the Naughty & Nice salted dark hot chocolate with rum and toasted marshmallow.
555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Old Ebbitt Grill
As much a DC landmark as a restaurant, Old Ebbitt Grill has been impressing diners for decades in the heart of the District. While you savor the restaurant’s classic American fare, indulge in a hot, seasonal cocktail. The Baltimore Caffe combines Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal, Giffard Crème de Cacao, Giffard Crème de Pampelmousse Rosé and lemon for a flavor explosion.
675 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
The Midlands Beer Garden
This Georgia Avenue space is equipped for the season with fire pits, heaters and a selection of hot drinks including a boozy peanut butter whiskey hot chocolate. Hello, decadence! Another seasonal option is the house mulled cider with either rum or whiskey.
3333 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010