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Destination Wedding Bar Is Bringing 14th Street a Taste of Mexico City

Eater logo Eater 1/10/2019 Tierney Plumb
a store inside of a building: Destination Wedding is adopting a Mexico City theme next week. © Raisa Aziz/Destination Wedding Destination Wedding is adopting a Mexico City theme next week.

Plus, Lucky Buns is hosting another Alfie’s pop-up

Pop-ups seem to be everywhere in D.C. lately. Here, Eater will highlight some of the best pop-up options coming to town over the next month or so, and periodically update this guide when old ones disappear and new ones emerge. This curated guide includes everything from longer-term pop-ups to one-time events. It de-emphasizes residencies lasting more than a couple of months, or events labeled pop-ups that don’t quite fit the format.

The Eater DC pop-up roundup is traditionally updated every other week or so: send any upcoming pop-up information to dc@eater.com for potential inclusion.

DESTINATION WEDDING: MEXICO CITY

The Deal: Destination Wedding, the themed replacement to 2 Birds 1 Stone in the underground bar space below Doi Moi, will host Mexico City-based chef Julio Aguilera for a Destination Mexico City pop-up in line with D.C. Restaurant Week. Dishes will include a pasilla with hamachi, shallot, furikake, and yellow corn, and mole mio chicken wings with smoke granola. Mezcal pros from Poca Madre, The Gibson, Oyamel, will join brand ambassadors from El Silencio, Sombra, and Ilegal Mezcal to stir drinks throughout the week.

Where: 1800 14th Street NW

Dates: Monday, January 14 to Thursday, January 17

Cost: Guests can opt for an a la carte menu or a $35 tasting menu, which will include three courses and two mezcal cocktails.

ALFIE’S NOK NOI SUPPERCLUB AT LUCKY BUNS

The Deal: The burger bar will transform into a late-night hangout for handmade Northern Thai dishes over two weekends in January. There’s gaeng hangleh (pork curry, pickled garlic, and ginger), handmade sai ua sausage, sticky rice, and Khao soi. Lucky Buns owner and avid traveler Alex McCoy is still on the prowl for a permanent location to revive his longtime Thai kitchen, Alfie’s.

Where: Lucky Buns, 2000 18th Street NW

Dates: Operating January 17, 18, 24, and 25 from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (or until dishes sell out).

NORMAN ROCKWELL AT TRUXTON INN

The Deal: The Bloomingdale bar is running a Norman Rockwell-themed menu for the winter, decorating the space with prints by the American artist and serving six themed cocktails (two are hot). There’s the Smoking Behind The Barn with Don Q Añejo, Peychaud’s bitters, and simple syrup as well as A Drum For Tommy (High West Double Rye, house-made butter syrup, lemon).

Where: Truxton Inn, 251 Florida Avenue NW

Dates: Through the end of January

Cost: Cocktails are $12-$14

BOURBON ON ICE

The Deal: The Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown has transformed its brick-walled patio into a winter escape, complete with three heated domes for an intimate al fresco dining experience. Available to reserve from lunch until closing, each decorated igloo serves sips from head bartender Sarah Rosner and Alpine-inspired dishes from executive chef Drew Adams.

Where: 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Dates: Through the end of February

Cost: Rental fees range from $150-$200, with a food and drink minimum of $50 to $150 per person.

THE WATERGATE’S WINTER WONDERLAND

The Deal: The iconic hotel brought back its 12-foot igloos outside of The Next Whisky bar, complete with fondue (savory and dessert) and cocktail offerings. Its rooftop skating rink is also back through the winter with hot pretzels, spiked hot chocolate, and mulled wine.

Where: Watergate hotel, 2650 Virginia Avenue NW

Dates: Through February 28

Cost: Igloos for two to eight people start at $200; skate rentals are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

HOLIDAY MARKET AT PUB AND THE PEOPLE

The Deal: The Bloomingdale gastropub has a heated, dog-friendly holiday tent with hot cocktails served in wintry mugs, snuggle blankets, and music.

Where: 1648 N. Capitol Street NW

Dates: Open for happy hour through dinner service until mid-March

Cost: Hot and cold cocktails ($8-$12) include Irish Coffee and “Snow Pants Combo” with oatmeal stout and a shot of bourbon cream.

‘HOT COCO’ AT LITTLE COCO’S

The Deal: Washington City Paper reports the Petworth pizza parlor is transforming its upstairs patio into a ski lodge through the spring, complete with hot, cold, and sharable drinks concocted by the team at sister spot Bar Charley. Think small crockpots of mulled cider, a “Just The Nog” cocktail made with milk, and “shotskis” — multiple shots lined up on a ski for group drinking. The cozy space will sport an electric fireplace, faux bearskin rugs, and reindeer heads, with Netflix’s Fireplace For Your Home channel projected across the wall, per WCP.

Where: Little Coco’s, 3907 14th Street NW

Dates: Starting Wednesday, December 5, through mid-March

Cost: Cocktails run $9-$13 (aside from the sharable cocktails) and shotskis are $20.

RUM-DMV AT BARREL

The Deal: Owner Matthew Weiss and the Barrel team transformed the downstairs Elixir Bar into a throwback drinking den from the 1980s and early 1990s, complete with original and classic rum-focused cocktails like the “Beets by Dre.” Rum-DMV — a name inspired by rapper Run-DMC, the spirit, and the D.C. area — will also feature arcade games and a jukebox exclusively playing hip hop from that genre.

Where: 613 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

Dates: Starting Friday, October 5

MOM & POP AT SHOP MADE IN DC

The Deal: Homegrown coffee and gelato chain Dolcezza is installing a modified version of its Mosaic District offshoot, Mom & Pop, for the next six months at Dupont’s Shop Made in DC. Featured offerings include: rotating local pour-overs, breakfast sandwiches, salads, snack boards, meatball subs, grilled cheese, plus local beer and wine.

Where: 1330 19th Street NW

Dates: Starting Monday, April 2

Cost: Salads and sandwiches are $8-$12; gelato runs $6-$8; pastries are $3-$5; beer and wine is $6-$10.

REPUBLIC KOLACHE

The Deal: Floating pastry-maker Republic Kolache sells its lineup of its savory, sweet, and signature kolaches at two pop ups around town.

Dates: Every Tuesday at Reliable Tavern (3655 Georgia Avenue NW); from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday through Sunday at Hill Country (410 Seventh Street NW). Request pre-orders here.

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