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DC Cocktail Week – Top Picks and Perfect Pairings

Today marks the start of DC Cocktail Week, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s week long celebration of the District’s creative cocktail scene. Participating restaurants and bars offer pairings of cocktails and culinary bites for a discounted price set by the venue. Naturally, we’re all about that as it’s essentially Happy Hour all day! Here are our picks on the top places to kick back cocktails during Cocktail Week:

Nothing says fall like a good amaro cocktail. Farmers and Distillers is offering a balanced sipper featuring their house-made amaro and rye whiskey, keeping with DC’s aperitivo hour trend. Paired with their tasty dumplings for only eleven bucks, you can’t go wrong here.

The Cthulhu cocktail is topped with… wait for it… lime poached Calamari and Squid Ink Tuile. That alone is enough reason to stop in to try this thing, but – if you need another – the cocktail is a mix of mezcal, avocado, cilantro, lime, chili-lime bitters. Just try it.

  • Zaytinya |Pairing: Tangier Cocktail with Turkish Style Pastirma | Price: $13  

Zaytinya doesn’t offer a regular Happy Hour, so if you’re looking for a chance to stop in to grab a perfectly priced cocktail and bite at this hot spot, now is your chance! The Tangier cocktail is a blend of brandy infused with rose, cardamom, cumin, honey and lemon, served up. 

  • Quarter & Glory | Pairing: Sundown Cocktail with Chicken Sliders | Price: $15

Q+G knows their cocktails. The Sundown is shaken with Cotton & Reed Despaccino, Tequila Blanco, Pineapple, Cinnamon, Triple Sec and finished with a float of Montenegro Amaro. 

Sally’s also doesn’t offer a HH, so now is the time to run in and enjoy a cocktail and bite combo. The cocktail on offer features Republic Restoratives’ new Apple Brandy, so expect some District grown goodness in this drink. The cozy cocktail seems a perfect fit for the pork shoulder croquette and a great way to fall into autumn.

You can find the full list of participating restaurants here. Get out there and let us know your favorite DC Cocktail Week pairing!

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