Under the Volcano – Espita Mezcaleria

Adorned with stunning artwork, Espita Mezcaleria stimulates the senses with a sophisticated atmosphere and powerful, stunning cocktails. Ambiance: **** Decor: ***** Service: **** Cocktails: **** Overall Rating: 4.25 A couple of months ago I was walking around Shaw and observed some interesting Mexican window art going up in a restaurant space. Intrigued, I began reading up… Read More Under the Volcano – Espita Mezcaleria

Power and Glory at Petworth Citizen

After an inexcusable 3-week absence, I headed back to Petworth Citizen’s beautiful Reading Room for Graham Greene weekend, the latest installment in the bar’s awesome Literary Cocktail series. Frankly, I was surprised to be let back in after that display of disloyalty! Determined to repair my tarnished reputation, I launched into Chantal Tseng’s great menu… Read More Power and Glory at Petworth Citizen

On the Corner of 14th and Class – Tico

Adorned with beautiful artwork and colors, Tico provides great service and a bevy of superb cocktails. Ambiance: **** Decor: ****1/2 Service: ****1/2 Cocktails: **** Overall Rating: 4.25 I’m a fan of awards, although I rarely win them. Honors like the Rammy’s help me (and my liver) by lending order and focus to my cocktail love, pointing me… Read More On the Corner of 14th and Class – Tico

St. Patrick’s Day Comes Early at Jack Rose

March is good for two things – St. Patrick’s Day and college basketball. Now, I’m the impatient sort of nominally Irish-American, so I spend the first two weeks of March counting the days until the ritual of heavy drinking, debauchery, and cultural celebration commences. But it dawned on me recently – in this go-get ’em, fast-paced world of… Read More St. Patrick’s Day Comes Early at Jack Rose

Heroes and Liqueurs of France

This week I’m reviewing “Fighters in the Shadows,” Robert Gildea’s new and excellent history of the French Resistance, so I did some thinking on French liqueurs and cocktails. One liqueur that always catches my eye is Chambord, a raspberry-blackberry flavored liqueur that comes in a cute little hand grenade-shaped bottle. Manufactured in the Loire Valley, the liqueur… Read More Heroes and Liqueurs of France