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12 Places to Enjoy Hot and Cozy Drinks in Washington, DC
In the nation’s capital, ‘tis the season for a tasty and warm cocktail in-hand
As the weather cools down, the drinks at DC restaurants and cafes warm up. Get your fix of autumnal or wintry vibes with this array of offerings that can be found across the city. Also note that Nov. 16-22 marks DC Cocktail Week, which will feature food and drink pairings, cocktail kits to-go and exciting virtual events.
Please note that you should wear a mask when not eating or drinking at the locations below and reservations are mandatory for most restaurants in order to maintain social distancing guidelines. We’ve linked to each locale’s website so you can plan accordingly.
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 Cider House Rules cocktail, which features rum, amaro, apple cider, orange and spice. Make sure to book a table before you go in order to enjoy a safe, socially distanced visit.
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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 gratinee, steak frites and bouillabaisse. The eatery also boasts a robust cocktail list featuring the Cidre Epice, a warm spiced cider drink equipped with your choice of bourbon, cognac or rum. Le Diplomate is currently open for patio and indoor seating as well as pickup and delivery. Please make sure to wear a mask when not eating or drinking.
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1601 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Located inside the Watergate Hotel, the Next Whisky Bar represents the top of luxury, especially during the winter season. You can reserve a heated igloo on the restaurant’s patio throughout the fall and winter, making for a cozy, intimate and safe environment for a night on the town. Each igloo can accommodate up to eight guests and 90-minute seatings are available from Monday through Sunday beginning at 4:30 p.m. While there, order up a Rudolph’s Hot Punch, which features Hendricks gin, Cointreau, cranberry, Earl Grey tea, orange, star anise, cinnamon, allspice and clove. There’s also the Blitzed Mocha: hot chocolate, coffee liqueur, green chartreuse, whipped cream and sprinkles. A quick reminder to please wear a face covering when not eating or drinking.
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2650 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037
LeDroit Park is home to this coffee shop by day and restaurant by night. Royal is currently open for indoor and outdoor dining as well as pickup and delivery. Whatever your preference, we highly recommend trying the peanut butter bourbon latte, which is just as mouthwatering as it sounds. The flavor mix of Skrewball whiskey, brown sugar and allspice is sure to give you that cozy feeling in your chest.
501 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
Long known as one of the finest of DC’s fine dining locations, Blue Duck Tavern is located inside the luxurious Park Hyatt Washington D.C. Sophistication defines the restaurant, an undeniable fact after the Tavern received a Michelin star in 2017, 2018 and 2019. This fall, tries one of the restaurant’s seasonal cocktails: the Aki Dog (named after the locale’s head bartender’s canine) is a gin and yuzu-based briny beast with a hint of cinnamon, while the Bitter-Sweet will satisfy with campfire vibes via its mix of rum, chocolate and fall-flavored spices.
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1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Reserve yourself a socially distanced table at Barrel, an old-school whiskey lounge that also offers Southern small plates and Sunday brunch. Once you get nice and comfortable, it’s time to order a Cocoa Bananza, which definitely lives up to its name. We’re talking fall spice-infused Irish whiskey, nitro hot coffee from Alchemist (a local purveyor), chocolate and banana liqueur whipped cream and nutmeg.
613 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
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 seasonal cocktail or two. The Blood Orange Negroni combines Barr Hill gin, orange liqueur, vermouth and Campari for a flavor explosion. The Hot & Bothered punches with rye whiskey, ginger ale, honey, orange, apple, raisin, cinnamon and cloves.
675 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Head on over to Bloomingdale for a stop at this neighborhood bar that’s all about its fall cocktails. You’ll jump for joy when you try the David S. Pumpkins, named after Tom Hanks’ unforgettable Saturday Night Live character. The drink features sour mash bourbon, pumpkin puree, fall-flavored simple syrup, club soda and whole egg. Any questions?
251 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
Currently offering pick-up and delivery, Pesce is also fully immersed in the boozy pouch game. Among the seasonal choices: Mull Me Maybe. The concoction features house mulled wine with brandy, orange and lemon peels, cinnamon and cloves, in addition to fresh orange juice, nutmeg and allspice. Grab one to-go and mull over DC’s fall beauty on the way home (sorry, we can’t resist puns).
2002 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
From the owners of Jack Rose Dining Saloon comes The Imperial, which is currently offering socially distanced service on its rooftop and in its main dining room. With a Mid-Atlantic inspired cuisine and a robust cocktail list, the locale serves as an ideal night-time destination. For the warm and fuzzies, try the hot spiked cider, which can be graced with whiskey or rum and also features star anise, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg.
2001 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
This Georgia Avenue space has ample room for you to enjoy a laid back, socially distanced visit. Hang out at a table and order up The Pumpkin Abides, The Midlands’ special tribute to one of the greatest films of all-time (in this writer’s opinion), The Big Lebowski. The riff on the classic White Russian (The Dude’s favorite drink) includes vodka, coffee liqueur, cream and pumpkin spice with brown sugar and an orange zest rim. Another seasonal option is the Hot Mulled Cider, which can be made with or without alcohol.
3333 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010
Enjoying a prime location in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, Doyle (located inside The Dupont Circle Hotel) offers warm drinks and a winterized patio to keep you cozy throughout the coming months. Choose from four boozy beverages: Irish Coffee, Mulled Wine, Tahini Hot Chocolate and a Warm Apple Shrub, which features caramel popcorn-infused bourbon. We wish we were there already.
1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036