It's Friday, and 2017 is drawing to a close. Here are some upcoming D.C. bar and restaurant happenings we think you should know about:
Cheap (and good) Champagne cocktails for NYE
New Year's Eve can get expensive, with some parties charging $100 or more for bottomless drinks and food. Planning ahead and spending a ton of money isn't the only way to bid farewell to 2017. For a low stress evening, try Hank's Cocktail Bar (819 Upshur St. NW) in Petworth. Classic Champagne cocktails will be just $5 each all night, and no reservations are needed and there is no cover charge.
Warm up with a spiked cup of tea
The winter chill is here, and Bastille (606 N. Fayette St., Alexandria) is bringing the warmth with some tea-inspired mixology. Bar manager Casey Chapman's creations include the Quacksalver, with honey ginger and barrel-aged brandy, and the Bergamot-tini, made with Earl Grey tea, gin, and honey-citrus syrup. Drinks range between $9 and $10.
A fortune for 2018
Are you wondering what 2018 has in store? Head over to Dirty Habit (555 8th St. NW) for New Year's Day brunch, complete with a fortune teller and free fortune cookies. Each cookie will contain a prize ranging from a glass of bubbly to 20% brunch and more. Take some time during your meal with the complimentary Tarot and lipsology readings from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations can be made online.
Get planning for Winter Restaurant Week
Reservations are now open for the Restaurant Association of Metro Washington's annual Winter Restaurant Week. The promotion runs January 22-28 and includes 250 locations with $35 dinners and $22 lunches and brunches. Browse the options online.
Shop Made In DC (1330 19th St. NW) is getting a change of food vendors. The creative tacos at Tortilladora and Tibetan cuisine at Dorjee Momo are wrapping up this weekend. Starting on Tuesday, you'll find comforting bowls of soup from Prescription Chicken and healthy beverages from Jinsei Juice. It's perfect for nursing that New Year's Eve hangover and kicking off 2018 on the right foot. Expect both concepts to be around until February.
Tulips (1207 19th St. NW) has taken over the former Irish Whiskey Public House space near Dupont Circle. The three-story rowhouse serves up creative American food along with floral-inspired craft cocktails. It also has a Champagne lounge on the top floor for sipping bubbly while taking in the vintage decor and chandeliers.
(Photo by Bastille Restaurant)
Travis moved to D.C. in 2007 has written about the city's diverse food scene for a number of outlets over the years, including Eater DC, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian and DCist, where he was formerly the food editor.