All tagged cocktails

Truxton Inn DC - A neighborhood bar with classic cocktails in a cozy space

The Truxton Inn is my definition of a classy and cozy haunt – an old school looking but modern bar with gorgeous furnishings, comfy couches, bookshelves, and generally sultry vibe.  I love everything about the space– the pineapple lamps, the décor of photographs and books, the dim (but sufficient) lighting, the ceiling trims, and the overall atmosphere.  I think they totally nailed the classic hotel bar look without being stuffy! The patio coming later in the summer will be a great addition!

The Gibson - A brand new spring cocktail menu

The Gibson is one of those DC bars that is SOOOO much a part of DC cocktail culture – thy really don’t really need any introduction. Now we have a whole bunch of cocktails bars and “speakeasy” style bars and stuff, but when I first came to DC 7 years ago it was pretty much The Gibson.  

They still have some of the best drinks in town – both in terms of creativity and taste! What stands out to me time and again, however, is the creativity and thought behind each drink name, ranging from pop culture to politics to inside jokes between the bartenders.

Brickside Food and Drink - much more than bar fare!

I never really think of Bethesda as a dining destination and almost never venture out there. But just away from the main Bethesda downtown is Brickside Food and Drink -  a sports bar with upscale refined food that had me wondering why I didn’t make the visit earlier!

Chef Matthew Smith has come in and elevated Brickside to a place where “the sport fan and foodie intersect”.  Chef Smith, who has previously worked at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant in Las Vegas,  in Italy as  the sous chef at critically acclaimed CarneVino, and then moved back to his native Maryland to oversee the kitchen at Baltimore’s Salt Tavern, has really raised the bar on the food at Brickside. I really don’t want to call it “bar food” since it’s so much more than that!

Where to Eat in Columbus, Ohio - a delicious surprise!

As I mentioned in my previous post where I talked about the Columbus Ale Trail, I really had absolutely no idea what to expect from the dining scene in Columbus (other than the fact that I knew I was going to stuff my face with Jeni’s). And that was mostly due to a complete lack of knowledge about it.  I spent 3 days there and my challenge really was not in finding great food, but in not having enough time to try more and having to pick and choose! That being said, we didn’t just eat well, we ate RIDICULOUSLY well.  

I first went to Chaplin’s in the Shaw neighborhood of DC a few weeks back for drinks. We had already had dinner that night, but looking at the plates of food and steaming hot ramen that went by us, I knew I needed to return soon.

We recently went back with some friends and were seated in the upstairs dining room, with a perfect view of the (silent) Charlie Chaplin movie projected on the wall. As we knew from our previous visit, the drinks are on point. We especially liked the “Woman of Paris”, which is a rye whiskey based cocktail, and “A Dog’s Life “, which is also a whiskey and prosecco drink. Another favorite was The “Vagabond” , a light and refreshing gin and cucumber cocktail.