In the nation’s capital, ‘tis the season for a hot beverage in-hand.
As the weather cools down, the cocktails at DC restaurants and cafes warm up. Get your fix of wintry vibes with this array of offerings that can be found across the city.
Toast to the Season
These hot spots have decked the halls for you to eat, drink and be merry. Savor the season at Urban Roast with five varieties of hot chocolate, plus a flight option with Baileys, and s’mores to be enjoyed among a winter wonderland atmosphere. Be transported to the Alps with ski chalet pop-ups at Hook Hall, Dirty Habit and Ciel Social Club and winter igloos at The Next Whiskey Bar.
Head to the roof of Union Market to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Hi-Lawn, which also offers gorgeous views of the city and seasonal dishes. While there, order up a tasty hot cider, with different variations including additions such as spiced rum, elderflower, ginger, brandy and more. Fire pits and s'mores kits add an extra layer of coziness.
1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 (Union Market rooftop)
Styled after classic French cafes, Le Diplomate offers a uniquely European experience in the heart of DC. Its food menus double up on the overseas sentiment with dishes like onion soup gratinée, steak frites and bouillabaisse. The eatery also boasts a robust cocktail list featuring the Cidre Epice, a warm spiced cider drink equipped with spiced rum.
1601 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
The courtyard of Dirty Habit, situated within the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, has been transformed into a ski chalet wonderland. The patio has been winter-ized with fire pits, heaters, festive décor and seasomal libations. Warm up from the inside out with the Grape Reverie, a cabernet sauvignon mulled with cognac, cranberries, masala chai and honey. Treat your sweet tooth with the Naughty & Nice salted dark hot chocolate with rum and toasted marshmallow.
555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Old Ebbitt Grill
As much a DC landmark as a restaurant, Old Ebbitt Grill has been impressing diners for decades in the heart of the District. While you savor the restaurant’s classic American fare, indulge in a hot, seasonal cocktail. The Sweater Weather combines rum, apple brandy, local apple cider and orange-cinnamon-clove syrup for a flavor explosion. For a mocktail version, try the Apple of My Eye which mixes that same syrup with apple cider, cranberry juice and lemon juice.
675 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
From the owners of Jack Rose Dining Saloon comes The Imperial, a three-floor restaurant and bar. With a Mid-Atlantic inspired cuisine and a robust cocktail list, the locale serves as an ideal night-time destination. For the warm and fuzzies, try the hot spiced chai-der, made with bourbon, chai spice, black tea and apple cider.
2001 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
The Midlands Beer Garden
This Georgia Avenue space is equipped for the season with fire pits, heaters and a selection of hot drinks including a boozy peanut butter whiskey hot chocolate. Hello, decadence! Another seasonal option is the house mulled cider, which can come with or without alcohol.
3333 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010
The upscale cabin vibes and grill-centric menu provide a cozy atmosphere but take it up a notch with seasonal sips. Comforting selections include brandied apple cider or Irish coffee, while a Hot Penicillin will fight off the cold with scotch, ginger, honey liqueur and lemon.
1250 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002