9.07.2011

Great Rainy Day Bars

Last May, when a most soggy series of storms blanketed DC for days, I made a list of some ideal local bars for hunkering down, cold drink in hand, to ride out the rain. Requirements: good beer, a low-key vibe, and maybe some big windows for watching the dreary plonks of water drip down the glass.

I stand by my original list —
Stoney's, The Passenger, Room 11, and The Saloon  (unfortunately, the Tune Inn, remains closed after a fire).

And I'm adding Estadio, where I found myself waiting out a particularly fierce deluge tonight, with some of Adam Bernbach's new sherry cocktails (try the Mono Medio with Oloroso, gin, grapefruit, mint and honey) and a round of porrons.

And Churchkey definitely deserves a shout, as a perfect stormy weather spot. Drink your way through the 50 some drafts if you must — whatever it takes to fight the ennui.

Admittedly, the list is heavy on my 'hood since hey, who wants to walk far in the rain? Gimme some geographic diversity, and let me know your favorite rainy days spots in the comments.

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Last May, when a most soggy series of storms blanketed DC for days, I made a list of some ideal local bars for hunkering down, cold drink in hand, to ride out the rain. Requirements: good beer, a low-key vibe, and maybe some big windows for watching the dreary plonks of water drip down the glass.

I stand by my original list — , The Passenger, The Saloon(unfortunately, the Tune Inn, remains closed after a fire).

And I'm adding Estadio, where I found myself waiting out a particularly fierce deluge tonight, with some of Adam Bernbach's new sherry cocktails (try the Mono Medio with Oloroso, gin, grapefruit, mint and honey) and a round of porrons.

And Churchkey definitely deserves a shout, as a perfect stormy weather spot. Drink your way through the 50 some drafts if you must — whatever it takes to fight the ennui.

Admittedly, the list is heavy on my 'hood since hey, who wants to walk far in the rain? Gimme some geographic diversity, and let me know your favorite rainy days spots in the comments.

More local picks:

8 Great Hidden Patios
10 Cool DC Ice Cream Flavors
5 Getaways In Under 2 Hours

9 comments:

Bettina said...

Love your list! I also like Urbana for rainy days--in fact, I could think of several other Kimpton spots that do a good job of feeling like you've be transported somewhere else when you step inside.

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

Agreed! Good ones. Firefly too.

Anonymous said...

lower key - northside social in clarendon

Ken said...

I had the Jaberwock ('Twas brillig and the slithy toves) sherry cocktail at Estadio on Tuesday. Two parts sherry (a light, dryer one), two parts gin (Hendrick's?) and a splash of cocchi americano. It was quite nice; the sherry and gin balanced together well. So were the three half-pours as part of the flight! And, Amanda, you're right, it is a good rainy day place! I'll add Pizza Paradiso (my local) -- good rotating taps, a very good bottle list, awesome bartenders! Oh, there's pizza, too :)

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

Love your description, Ken! Now I need to go back and drink through the rest of the sherry cocktails. =)

Northside Social and Pizzeria Paradiso ... both great choices.

Dominic said...

During Snowmageddon 2010, we made Bar Pilar our basecamp, and it was perfect. In addition to the great food, they serve Hot Toddies with homemade orange syrup--the perfect rainy day cocktail.

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

How could I overlook Bar Pilar? Maybe because it's my anyday bar not just rainy day. =) Big fan.

Kelly (Hungry with Children) said...

The Passenger is the perfect selection...with the slightly shady convention crowd and fairly quiet tables, as well as the order-as-you-want-it libations. I've waited out a storm there, and it was a great time!

Bethany said...

Up in Silver Spring, Quarry House has an awesome beer and whiskey list--although no windows. Piratz Tavern has lovely windows to watch rain hit their patio although they're more focused on mixed-drinks than beer. Piratz is also aimed at those of us who want kitsch and laughter with our rain.