Friday, January 4, 2013
Capitol New Years
Here's the crawl:
9:00 Millie and Al's, http://www.millienals.com/
This place had a cool dive-bar feel to it, and it looked like we might have come a little too early to get its full potential. We stayed for a $1.50 jello shot that tasted pretty weak, and decided to move on.
9:30 Mellow Mushroom, http://mellowmushroom.com/
Definitely a favorite! With a restaurant downstairs and a loft-style up stairs, there was a good variety in the ambience. Combine that with a really friendly waitress, a great late-night menu, I'd definitely go again.
10:30 Roxanne http://www.yelp.com/biz/roxanne-washington
Worst stop we made. We got sucked in by a really charismatic bouncer but wouldn't make the choice again. Inside was entirely too dark and had a creepy smell that turned us off to imbibing anything almost immediately.
10:45 The Black Squirrel http://www.blacksquirreldc.com/
Another real favorite. I'm putting this one on the top of my list for when an out of town friend wants to grab a drink. Again, having a separate restaurant and bar area was a plus, and it was packed with small groups of friends and people catching up in duos. A lot like the Mellow Mushroom, but perhaps slightly more upscale.
11:25 Bossa Bistro and Lounge http://www.bossaproject.com/live/
Another win, but maybe not a recommendation. The downstairs bar had really great live salsa so we decided to land there for a midnight champagne toast. Upstairs we found another fairly empty bar and a cool small (and totally empty) dance floor and DJ. Since I was out just with friends, the emptiness was a plus that allowed us to take full control of the dance floor--but any other night that might seem a bit of a bore. However, we got a really neat mix of people in the downstairs displaying excellent salsa skills (which is going on my list of things to learn)
On a night without covers, I'm definitely going back to try some of the heavy hitters we skipped over, like Madam's Organ (http://www.madamsorgan.com/) a historic blues bar and Smoke & Barrel (http://www.smokeandbarreldc.com/) for when I'm looking for some really good whiskey.