Autumn is In the Air: Sips Edition


What's that? Do we feel the slightest of nips in the air? With the leaves preparing to turn and fall, we are ready for all the sips of Autumn - whether they are pumpkin-spiced or not. Join us around the DMV: 

NEW:  Bring on the Bier (Oktoberfest Alert): In the heart of Old Town Alexandria on King Street, the newly opened Alexandria Bier Garden is offering a plethora of Oktoberfest-themed entertainment between now and October 7 including live music, stein-holding contests, and trivia. 714 King Street ;

Ready to Celebrate Virginia Spirits Month: To celebrate Virginia Spirits Month, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will host tastings and events throughout September. The events will include their quarterly Distillery Dinner featuring Chef Erik Nettnin-Foxx and more. As part of the celebration, Virginia ABC is hosting the Virginia Spirits Sale-A-Bration. This means throughout September, customers can save 20% on select Virginia spirits purchases made in Virginia ABC stores, distilleries and online stores, including the entire collection from Catoctin Creek.

NEW:  A French Twist: Bistro Du Jour Capitol Hill is launching their beverage menu in correlation with the season bringing in warm nutty flavors into their cocktail program. Two notable fall cocktails that join the list are the Vieux Mode with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Fig, Cardamon, Demerara, Bitters and the Côte d'Émeraude with ODVI Armagnac, Benedictine, Honey, ANXO Apple Cider Syrup, Lemon. Stop by and enjoy a fall cocktail or join us for happy hour from 3-6PM monday-Friday where drinks range from $6-$8 for wines, beers, craft cocktails as well as light bites. 99 DISTRICT SQUARE SW;

Bewitching Sips: Introducing "El Coco Be-Witched" – a spellbinding concoction that will enchant your taste buds this fall at Cafe Unido. Crafted with the finest rum, rich coffee liqueur, and a homemade infusion of Catuai Espresso, along with their secret blend of coconut and spices syrup, this cocktail is a bewitching fusion of flavors. Topped with a garnish of cocoa and coconut flakes, "El Coco Be-Witched" is a sensory journey that transports you to an autumnal paradise. 908 W St NW;

A Last Hurrah in Silver Spring: Denizens is having one last hurrah at their silver spring location to celebrate 11 years at this location. Their last full day of operating in Silver Spring will be October 22, 2023. You will still find their beer in your favorite retail stores, bars, and restaurants around Montgomery County, greater Maryland, DC, and Virginia. And, you can visit their production brewery and taproom in Riverdale Park, MD, which will remain open 7 days a week.1115 East-West Highway;

NEW:  It’s the Thyme of the Season: Experience the essence of autumn luxury at Conrad DC with their new fall cocktail menu. This season’s new sips include 'Deceptive Fall' (made with El Silencio Mezcal, Aperol, Passion Fruit Puree, Lemon Juice, and Tajin), 'Night Heron' (Ron Zacapa 23, Amaro Averna, Crème De Banane, and Orange Bitters), and ‘'Thyme of the Season' (Tomcat Barr Hill Gin, Williams Pear Brandy, Lemon Juice, Asian Pear Thyme Syrup). 950 NEW YORK AVE. NW;

Midweek Sips at Housebar: Housebar now has Wine Wednesdays and Thirsty Thursdays. On Wednesdays, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, immerse yourself in the world of carefully curated wines.  The minds behind Housebar present two carefully chosen wines each week, giving you the opportunity to explore unique flavors, the art of winemaking, and diversity of producers. Thursdays, also from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, usher in a new level of refreshment with Thirsty Thursdays. Discover the art of spirits as they showcase two spirits each week. 1299 First St SE Suite 101;

NEW:  Autumn Spices: Adams Morgan’s Afghan bistro Lapis is serving up Afghan-inspired cocktails for fall, including their “Firnee Negroni,” which draws inspiration from the popular Afghan “Firnee” dessert. The milk washed clarified negroni is made with cardamom, pistachio and rosewater and is perfect for a post-dinner treat. They’ll also be serving a pumpkin spice-themed cocktail, made with pumpkin spiced rum, apple brandy, ginger, lemon and topped with pumpkin foam. 1847 Columbia Rd NW;

Raise a Glass to 90 Years at Martin’s Tavern: Martin’s Tavern is celebrating 90 years this September. Diners can sit where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, in the couple’s regular booth, which is aptly referred to as the Proposal Booth. Martin’s Tavern will feature three 90th-anniversary cocktails, which will be a proprietary reset of 1933 drinks with 2023 sensibilities. The cocktails include the French 75, the sidecar, and the Last Word. These special cocktails at Martin’s Tavern are priced from $12 to $14, and 100 percent of the proceeds raised from their sale will benefit the Georgetown Ministry Center, 1264 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W;

Be in the Know with the Off-Menu Fall Cocktail: Nobu’s Beverage Director Filipe Bertrand has added a new fall cocktail to the list this month,  available as an off-menu special; aptly named the Smoked Banana, it's made with Plantation Dark Rum, Código Mezcal, Smoked Banana Syrup, Campari, and Angostura

No Reason to Be Lost: RdV Vineyards is releasing their 2020 Lost Mountain soon but they also are sharing that they have partnered with Johnny Spero for this occasion. Through October 31st, visit Bar Spero to enjoy the collaboration. Chef Spero will be curating dishes specifically designed to pair with their 2020 Lost Mountain. 250 Massachusetts Ave NW Suite 155;

A Cozy Cocktail for the Fall: Cozy cocktails are on the menu this autumn, and SHŌTŌ’s newest seasonal addition to the menu fits the bill. As the weather starts to cool down, pull up a seat at their bar and savor a creative take on a classic Manhattan: The Tona Manhattan with Suntory toki whisky infused walnut and pumpkin seeds, cold brew coffee, umeshu, sweet vermouth, and bitters. A perfect way to incorporate pumpkin if you're not looking for the ~*~spice~*~ 1100 15th St NW;

NEW:  It’s the Bee’s Knees! The Georgetown favorite, Lutece, will be participating in Bee's Knees Week from now through October 1. They’ll offer a new “Just Like Honey” cocktail made w/ salted honey syrup, Forthave coffee liqueur, candy cap mushroom bitters, and Barr Hill Gin. This cocktail is silky in texture, with a rich earthiness to complement the all important honey aspect that defines the cocktail. This cocktail will be part of the Bee’s Knees campaign in which Barr Hill plants 10 sq ft of new pollinator habitat for every cocktail photo shared on social media. 1522 Wisconsin Ave NW;

La Catrina Makes Her Appearance  (Día de los Muertos Alert): Serenata is getting into the fall spirit with the "La Catrina," a captivating blend of tradition and innovation. Inspired by the rich history of Dia de los Muertos and the iconic Candy Skull caricatures, this cocktail pays homage to the irreverent spirit of Jose Guadalupe Posada's art. Crafted with Montelobos Espadin Mezcal, Roasted Pumpkin Spice, Amaro y Arroyo Liqueur, Corn Tea, Calendula Petals, and Aquafaba, "La Catrina" harmoniously fuses the essence of corn and garbanzo in a delightful and savory fusion. 1280 4th St NE;

Happy Hour on the Hill (Happy Hour Alert): Smoke & Mirrors is now offering its new $5 Off on the Hill Happy Hour. Get $ off cocktails like the Spice Up the Capital - a blend of rum and apricot, I’m Livet - Glenlivet 14 and sherry, Wingman - Gin with a chamomile and sage syrup, and more. 867 New Jersey Avenue SW;

NEW:  The Happiest of Horas (Happy Hour Alert): Embrace the fall season with an all-new happy hour at Spain Wine Bar! The popular OCMD rooftop dining destination will be serving discounted cocktails and tapas from Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 pm. Try their Chef’s Board for two which includes various tapas selected by the chef, from Spanish pintxos to mussels or pork belly bites for just $35, or their classic cocktails like the sangria or manhattan from $8-10. 13 St. Louis Ave, Ocean City, MD;

NEW:  Simia Fera: Wild Monkey 47 Takeover: Now until the end of the month Monkey 47 will be taking over The Elk Room.  For nine days, the bar will be transformed into a jungle, featuring live entertainment every night and offering five Monkey 47 tiki cocktails.  A sixth reserve cocktail showcasing Monkey 47 Distiller's Cut 2022 will be offered as well through their satellite bar.  Each cocktail focuses on Monkey 47 gin, with a total of 23 of its 47 botanicals being utilized across the menu. 1010 Fleet St, Baltimore, MD;

INDUSTRY ONLY: Booze & Bubbles Spirits and Champagne Tour presented by Prestige Ledroit & Skurnik: Prestige-Ledroit and Skurnik host an industry-only event featuring dazzling spirits and lively sparkling wines from the Skurnik portfolio. The Skurnik Spirits National Portfolio presents a selection of bottlings fit for the well, backbar, shelf, and front window.
An array of farmer fizz, including Skurnik’s Grower Champagne portfolio, will be open for you to taste and discuss with the experts.Thursday, Sept 28 from noon to 3:00 p.m. You can rsvp to this email  [email protected]

Mon Sherry Amour: From now to November 1st, step into the warm embrace of autumn with "Mon Sherry Amour," a enchanting fall cocktail menu inspired by the rich and diverse world of sherry at Show of Hands. Cocktails include the Fall Fruit Cobbler, Nitro Cold Brew (PX Sherry, Coffee Liqueur, Cold Brew, Alta Verde Whip), Andalucian Crisp, and more. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave SE;

Tito’s Tuesdays Yappy Hour (Happy Hour Alert): The AC lounge has launched a new Tito’s Tuesdays Yappy Hour. Every Tuesday through Halloween, the ground level patio will welcome dogs and their humans to enjoy a range of specials in partnership with Tito’s Vodka.  1112 19th St NW;

Uncommon Treats: It's never too late to embrace the spookiness at Urbano. Try their chilling concoctions, including the Franken Sour with vodka, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice, and egg white, or indulge in the mysterious allure of the Uncommon Treat, featuring tequila, honey, Aperol, passion fruit juice, blackberry syrup, and egg white. 116 King St, Alexandria, VA;