The Gibson (U St NW.)

After dinner and a night-starter at Bar Charley, we headed a few blocks east to 14th St. NW to The Gibson. This one has been on the list to try for a long time and we’ve just gotten to the point where we’re ok with dropping $12 on a good cocktail(s). We knew the general location, but had to look up the actual address to find the well-camouflaged location. Once we found the door (with the address painted the same color as the facade) we saw The Gibson painted in tiny letters on the brick. We walked into a narrow hallway where a host checked our IDs and seated us at the bar behind a closed door in a surprisingly dark room. It took a minute to adjust, but as soon as we had drinks in front of us, all was right in the world. We ended up leaving $80 poorer and quite tipsy, but would do it again in a heartbeat. Safe to say, those were the best cocktails we’ve had in DC.

  • Favorite thing I had: The Clover Club cocktail. Gin, raspberry syrup, lemon juice, egg white. It tasted almost like a creamsicle and I had 2. Egg whites in drinks, who knew? I want another one right now.
  • Favorite thing she had: The Brown Derby. Whiskey, grapefruit juice, honey.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: Anything and everything. Giving the bartender a few details and having a cocktail constructed especially for me.
  • What makes this place stand out: Has the feel of a speakeasy but without code words or secret numbers. Nothing standing between you and deeeelightful cocktails.
  • Fun Details Otherwise: We got a little bit of a show, watching the bartender break down giant blocks of ice for drinks. They were even creating their own spherical ice cubes. What do I have to order to get one of those? It was also fun to watch them expertly craft 5 different cocktails at once. I’d sit here just to watch and learn.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): Tomorrow, if I could afford it. Realistically, next month.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): U St. and 14th St. NW are your oyster, here. A show at Black Cat or U Street Music Hall.

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