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14th Street Pop-Up Starts Slinging Carbonated Japanese Cocktails Today

Eater logo Eater 5 days ago Tierney Plumb
a person holding a bottle: Destination Wedding’s Midori Shower ($10): A Japanese Ramune soda bottle filled with a carbonated cocktail made with Midori, shochu and citrus. © Destination Wedding/official photo Destination Wedding’s Midori Shower ($10): A Japanese Ramune soda bottle filled with a carbonated cocktail made with Midori, shochu and citrus.

Plus, an indoor rosé garden is popping up inside Commissary

Pop-ups seem to be everywhere in D.C. 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 OSAKA

The Deal: Destination Wedding, the subterranean cocktail bar underneath Doi Moi, starts slinging cocktails today that riff on Japanese flavors and culture. The bar will be dressed in cherry blossom branches, lanterns, and an alcove inspired by the lively Dotonbori district in Osaka, complete with neon lights, billboards, and ramen shop signs. A cocktail called the Coldest Tea is a frozen blend of matcha, sake, shochu, fermented coconut milk, and citrus topped with black sesame. The Ama Pearls, named after Japan’s female “Ama” divers, is a nori gin and tonic that gets garnished with a nori cone filled with trout roe.

Where: Destination Wedding, 1800 14th Street NW

Dates: Tuesday, March 19, through Saturday, April 20

Cost: Cocktails are $10-$13

CHERRY BLOOM TERRACE

The Deal: The Wharf’s La Vie is unveiling a scenic ode D.C.’s pink-hued flowers, while simultaneously previewing dishes at Tabu, its new sister sushi restaurant sliding in below. The cavernous Mediterranean restaurant’s new spot will be manned by chef Nobu Yamazaki (Michelin-starred Sushi Taro). Expect lots of sandos and cocktails heavy on Japanese spirits and ingredients.

Where: La Vie’s terrace, 88 District Square SW

Dates: Tuesday, March 19 through Saturday, April 20

Cost: An entrance fee of $15 per person includes one beverage. Bites start at $8 and cocktails are $12-$15

PSYCHIC POP-UP AT H STREET COUNTRY CLUB

The Deal: Starting every Wednesday this week, the decade-old H Street staple will offer “Lucky Shots” — aka a reading from local psychic India paired with bright blue agave tequila. The psychic is down to cover topics ranging from friends and family to love lives and careers. Patrons can sign up in person.

Where: 1335 H Street NE

Dates: Every week from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Wednesday, March 20

Cost: A shot and reading runs $10

ROSE GARDEN AT COMMISSARY

The Deal: Commissary in Logan Circle, which claims to be one of the first restaurants in D.C. to debut frosé, is rolling out an indoor rosé garden in April. Its brand of choice is Hamptons favorite Wolffer Estate, which slings a Summer in a Bottle Rosé, rosé gin, and cider. The pop-up will be designed after Wolffer Estate’s rosé bottle, which sports a rainbow of flowers, butterflies, twinkling lights, and Spanish moss. On Mondays, rosé bottles are half off all day until 10 p.m. Executive chef Victor Garcias is also curating a lineup of bites designed to pair with the pink drink.

Where: Commissary, 1443 P Street NW

Dates: Monday, April 1 to Tuesday, April 30

a close up of a bottle © Commissary/official photo
The Commissary is expecting to churn through lots of Wolffer Estate’s Summer in a Bottle Rosé in April.

PESCE TOO

The Deal: Dupont Circle seafood stop Pesce is setting up shop inside the Eastern Market outpost of Bullfrog Bagels, Washington City Paper reports. Chef Andrew LaPorta is serving a shortened menu of Nantucket Bay scallops and braised oxtail with whipped potatoes; Portuguese octopus with chickpeas, ginger, and yogurt; and linguine with Littleneck clams, garlic, white wine, olive oil, and crust ($16-$26). Bullfrog Bagels owner Jeremiah Cohen formerly hosted Tibetan pop-up Dorjee Momo in the second-story space.

Where: Bullfrog Bagels, 317 7th Street SE

Dates: Through the next three months; dinner is served Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5:30 to 10 p.m., with patio seating available during warmer weather

Cost: Reservations are available on OpenTable.

PUP-UP BAR AT MIDLANDS BEER GARDEN

The Deal: To commemorate National Puppy Day, Virginia brewery Devils Backbone is hosting a “pup-up bar” in D.C. The all-day promo in Park View is part of its national Adventure Dogs contest, which invites dog owners to submit photos of their pooch to potentially star on the brand’s latest Gold Leaf Lager beer can, debuting in June. Attendees will get the chance to meet a few adoptable canines from City Dogs Rescue. A portion of the day’s proceeds will go back to the nonprofit. Dogs from Devils Backbone will also serve cans of Gold Leaf with special beer-holding harnesses.

Where: Midlands Beer Garden, 3333 Georgia Avenue NW

Dates: Saturday, March 23 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

a brown and white dog carrying a bag © Devils Backbone [official]
Devils Backbone gives dogs beer-serving harnesses.

CHERRY BLOSSOM PUB and PUBLIN

The Deal: Starting Thursday, March 7, Drink Company’s annual tribute to D.C.’s short pink flower season will expand with the addition of shamrock-themed Publin bar. The new addition to the pop-up is stuffed with hundreds of oversized four-leaf clovers and spring flowers. A huge gold beehive hangs from the ceiling. Cocktails include a Manhattan-style Tipperary (sweet vermouth, green chartreuse, orange bitters) and the Four Leaf Closure (Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition, Green Spot, apple soda). There will also be a collection of high-end whiskeys to sip.

The pub’s existing setup is modeled after a French fairy tale garden from the Palace de Versailles. Another room serves vegan miso broth and noodles from Hiro Mitsui, who runs Ramen by UZU in Union Market. Cocktails include a Honeydew, Honey See — with sake, Americano vermouth, fermented rice syrup, cucumber, honeydew, and absinthe — and the Toki Highball with Toki whisky, Perrier, and grapefruit and elderflower tincture. A more dressed-down order is a sake shot dunked in Miller High Life.

Where: 1843 7th Street NW

Dates: Open at 5 p.m. through April 21

Cost: Cocktails are $11-$14

© Nick Karlin/www.nicholaskarlin.com
Soup decor includes blown-up mock toppings like pork belly, fish cakes, and a Top Ramen mural by artist Andrew Funk.

XIAO LONG BAO DINNER SERIES

The Deal: Maketto’s new weekly dinner series will highlight limited-time menu items at Erik Bruner-Yang’s Cambodian-Taiwanese eatery, like unlimited soup dumplings, every Wednesday starting in March.

Where: Maketto, 1351 H Street NE

Dates: Starting Wednesday, March 6

Cost: $40 per person; make reservations here for seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

THE MIRROR ROOM AT BIG APPLE CIRCUS

The Deal: To lure more millennials and adults to the Big Apple Circus coming to National Harbor, a stained glass-accented bar leading to the big tent will serve drinks created by a top New York City-based mixologist. Three-time “American Bartender of the Year” Pamela Wiznitzer, part of the opening team at Wall Street’s iconic Dead Rabbit, created The Big Apple (Circus) with vodka, lemon, rosemary, and sparkling apple juice, complete with a Red Vine straw and apple gummies. Other themed elixirs include The Flossy, Flossy with alcoholic cotton candy and the Howl At The Moon with whiskey and chai. Circus-centric bites include organic popcorn and hand-spun cotton candy. The elaborate Mirror Room setup arrived from Paris in 3,000 pieces, consisting of wood, mirrors, and fabric.

Where: 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland

Dates: Thursday, February 14, through Sunday, March 24; The Mirror Room will be open an hour before each show’s start time and during intermission

Cost: Circus tickets start at $15, and the $20 VIP package add-on includes unlimited cocktails, beer, wine, bites, and a private coat check and bathrooms

JANE AUSTEN AT TRUXTON INN

The Deal: Bloomingdale’s Truxton Inn has traded in its Nicholas Sparks cocktail theme from February to honor a different famed novelist in March. The library-themed bar’s latest lineup of cocktails is inspired by Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen. A batched cocktail called “The Proud. The Prejudiced. The Zombie” is a bottled Zombie made with Don Q Rum.

Where: Truxton Inn, 251 Florida Avenue NW

Dates: Friday, March 1 through the end of the month; and on Sunday, March 24, the bar is throwing “The Emma Party” with Bluecoat Gin for people named Emma (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.). The first 25 Emmas to RSVP will receive a free “THE Emma” cocktail.

© Truxton Inn/official photo
”THE Emma” cocktail with Bluecoat Gin, lavender vanilla honey, lemon juice, creme de violette, and prosecco.

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. Starting in March, every Sunday and Tuesday night (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), there’s live music from D.C.’s Ben Tufts and 7DrumCity.

Where: 1648 N. Capitol Street NW

Dates: Open for happy hour through dinner service until the end of March

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

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.

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