Tiki drinks have enjoyed enormous popularity over the past several years, though they’re usually associated with summer more than anything. But the sunny, seasonable spring weather in D.C. has tempted some area bars restaurants to highlight tropical cocktails during the spring season. Here are some spots getting a jump on the tiki bar action.
1201 U St. NW
Archipelago opened at the beginning of March, so you may have missed it while you were huddled indoors wishing winter would go away. The menu at the U St. newcomer features more than a dozen cocktails that range from $12 to $14 and come in all sorts of Island-inspired flavors.
The Drowsy Gator combines two kinds of rum, grapefruit and cinnamon; the Eternal Flamingo uses scotch, Campari, lime and pineapple jam. Couples can enjoy the Pineapple of Hospitality ($25) which lists its ingredients simply as “rum and secrets.” There’s canned beer and wine if the mixed drinks get too strong. Food options include snacks like ham and cheese sliders on Hawaiian bread, shrimp toast and a jerk chicken sandwich.
Jack Rose Tiki Bar
2007 18th St, NW
Jack Rose has garnered a reputation for its extensive whiskey selection, but the bar also knows it stuff when it comes to tiki. The seasonal tiki bar got up and running this week, way earlier than its traditional mid-summer opening date. It’s a tribute to the quality and popularity of the intimate space, tucked just off the bar’s main rooftop.
The menu consists of plenty of cold cocktails, beer and Island-inspired snacks. Take the Tidal Wave, made with gin, Blue Curacao, guava nectar and lime. There will also be drinks featuring carribean rums and traditional tiki ingredients like orgeat. The fruity, refreshing beer list is also worthy of consideration.
For food, do not miss the excellent ginger rum-glazed roasted chicken wings. Don’t be surprised if you flag down a second order.
The best news of all? All food and cocktails are half off every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Farmers Fishers Bakers
3000 K St., NW
I’ll admit to not being a fan of the food at this Georgetown waterfront restaurant. The drinks though, show some more creativity and thought. Farmers Fisher Bakers is kicking off the season with a patio tiki celebration on Saturday, April 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets to the even are $35 each and include snacks, cocktail samples, one full cocktail and a custom tiki mug. There will be three featured drinks, including Silencio Nights, made with mezcal, Aperol, Cynar, lime, Ancho reyes liqueur and agave. The 1703 cocktail, a combination of black rum, bourbon, passion fruit, pineapple, lime and coffee syrup. Be sure to pick up tickets in advance (they’ll be refunded in the event of bad weather).