May 20, 2024

Alex o'Loughlin

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BOTTLE SHOTS: 5 D.C. establishments that are worth the travel

Now that vacation appears to be back to regular-ish, I’ve been equipped to guide a number of visits to one particular of my favorite towns: Washington. The architecture, the historical past, the politics, the energy. It all will come alongside one another to build a metropolis that has intoxicated me considering that my initial check out in the mid-1990s.

Back again then, I didn’t care so significantly about foods and drink, but currently, as the city has come to be a culinary money and I have turn out to be a culinary black hole, my visits appear to revolve all around my meals. With that in head, here are five of D.C.’s areas to take in and drink:

Primrose (

This French-motivated wine bar and bistro is brimming with major character energy that goes toe-to-toe with its hip and reasonably priced French-focused wine list. The room and the food stuff are stunning (and absolutely well worth a comply with on Instagram), although never blame me when you obtain yourself reserving a flight just for brunch.

Estadio (

This Spanish-concentrated Logan Circle cafe options a tapas-forward menu that reads like a Wikipedia site for all the things delicious. The wine listing characteristics an offering from, actually, almost each individual corner of Spain — showcasing a number of choices that still left me stating, “I did not know they grew that there.” A never-ending provide of tapas and wine. What far more could you want?

The Dabney (

If my possess advice isn’t sufficient to desire you, the litany of awards The Dabney has racked up due to the fact its 2015 opening really should be. From James Beard awards to a Michelin star, it has all the bona fides to warrant its $95 prix fixe menu. The wine list reads like a who’s who of boutique French producers and the new course of California winemakers, all featured at remarkably sensible rates.

Cork Wine Bar (

I learned this 14th Avenue hangout in the course of my days as a graduate student at George Washington College. Its wine list is total of the form of “not very standard” wines that I appreciate discovering. It gives brunch and evening meal, but my favored detail is the expansive assortment of dessert wines and just after supper spirits. As generally, sweets are the way to my coronary heart (and wallet).

Weygandt Wines (

Okay, positive, this just isn’t a wine bar or cafe, but this Connecticut Avenue wine shop is as essential to me as any other haunt in town. This little store is the general public deal with of Weygandt-Metzler importing, a legendary East Coastline importer specializing in modest, family-run wineries throughout Europe. Although its wines not often make it to Arkansas, it really is always worth perusing the shelves for some thing distinctive.

As normally, you can see what I am consuming on Instagram at @sethebarlow and mail your wine issues and quibbles to [email protected]