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DC’s Most Festive Bars for the Winter

Where to warm up — and drink up — during the season.

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No better way to fight off the cold than with a rum cocktail. Some tiki bars and Cuban restaurants will outfit their establishments with palm trees and other tropical décor so merrymakers can imagine they’re sipping drinks on a warm beach somewhere long past December. And many of these libations will incorporate rum as more drinkers are discovering the spirit’s appeal, thanks to the resurgence of tiki bars that serve rum-based beverages and cocktails, like the mojito.

And during the winter season, rum is a wonderful addition due to its syrupy flavor, spiced caramel notes, and versatility when used in warm drinks, according to Colada Shop chef Mario Monte.

“The sheer number of rum-producing countries and the difference in their styles make rum one of the most mixable spirits in my opinion,” says Owen Thomson, co-owner of tiki bar Archipelago.

We’ve outlined the area’s 10 most festive bars and restaurants that will help guests warm up and still feel festive. The list includes everything from Cuban restaurants, like Colada Shop and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, to one of the city’s most inventive cocktail destinations, barmini.

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Colada Shop

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The vibrant Cuban venue becomes even more decorated during the winter with pineapple string lights and palm trees that honor its tropical theme. Special drinks include the rum mule and seasonal rum shots, including the Caribbean Mama Juana and an eggless version of the traditional Puerto Rican drink coquito. Heaters, lanterns, and blankets warm the rooftop as do the three BACARDÍ cocktails: pineapple tamarind hot cider, coconut rum hot chocolate, and mulled wine.

Archipelago

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This kitschy tiki bar is one of 10 locations throughout the country that is hosting a seasonal pop-up developed by latitude 29 owner Jeff “Beachbum” Berry of New Orleans. While the bar is still developing the holiday and winter drink menus, it carries an assortment of fun rum-based drinks year-round.

barmini by José Andrés

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Celebrity chef José Andrés’s innovative cocktail bar features the rom cremat, a warm Spanish drink that translates to “burnt rum.” Caribbean aged rum, coffee, sugar, lemon, and orange peels are mixed in a clay pot that’s torched. A large gold wreath and ornaments make for a merry décor.  

The Park at 14th

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The modern boxy building that holds the nightclub and restaurant will be wrapped up in a bow like a present for the holidays. Unwrap it to find dangling ornaments and snowflakes inside. Festive rum drinks will be offered during happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for $6.

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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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A popular salsa spot, Cuba Libre is festive year-round with its brightly colored decorations. The rum bar is known for its variations of mojitos and caipirinhas made with BACARDÍ, but the Latin restaurant turns up the heat during the winter season with a seasonal coquito rum cocktail. The drink’s ingredients include spiced rum, rum cream, coconut cream, and nutmeg.

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Kimpton Donovan Hotel

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Guests looking to host private parties at the hip Logan Circle hotel can expect customized cocktail menus with options like BACARDÍ buttered rum and hot toddies. Party planners can choose simple or extravagant decorations, DJ and other entertainment, and a photo booth.

Fish Market Restaurant

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Lights, trees, and other convivial décor will enliven the Fish Market starting the weekend after Thanksgiving. Guests can toast the season with the restaurant’s seasonal drinks, including an eggnog made with BACARDÍ Gold rum and a hot buttered rum made with BACARDÍ Gold and Superior rums.

The house-made concoction, Sex with Jay, features rum, vodka, pineapple juice, and grenadine. Drink up while listening to the live house band Wednesday through Saturday.

Sequoia

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Sparkly lights, and an oversized wreath will get diners of the Georgetown waterfront restaurant in the feeling festive. Rum drinkers will enjoy the restaurant’s twist on the mojito; the pomegranate mojito is made with BACARDÍ Limon and muddled pomegranate seeds and juice, which reddens the classic Cuban drink. Drink it inside or on the porch where heated igloos keep drinkers cozy.

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Kith and Kin

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The Afro-Caribbean restaurant celebrates rum cocktails every day with drinks like the rum Manhattan and the Coki Beach, with BACARDÍ 8, toasted coconut syrup, and allspice rum.

Old Ebbitt Grill

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Colossal nutcrackers stand guard in front of Old Ebbitt Grill during the holidays while inside wreaths, lights, and bows liven up the historic bar and restaurant. Guests will find similar décor at sister venues the Hamilton and Clyde’s of Gallery Place. Old Ebbitt Grill and Clyde’s will feature the same seasonal cocktail: a pomegranate-ginger mojito, with rum, pomegranate juice, ginger beer, mint, and lime.

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Colada Shop

The vibrant Cuban venue becomes even more decorated during the winter with pineapple string lights and palm trees that honor its tropical theme. Special drinks include the rum mule and seasonal rum shots, including the Caribbean Mama Juana and an eggless version of the traditional Puerto Rican drink coquito. Heaters, lanterns, and blankets warm the rooftop as do the three BACARDÍ cocktails: pineapple tamarind hot cider, coconut rum hot chocolate, and mulled wine.

Archipelago

This kitschy tiki bar is one of 10 locations throughout the country that is hosting a seasonal pop-up developed by latitude 29 owner Jeff “Beachbum” Berry of New Orleans. While the bar is still developing the holiday and winter drink menus, it carries an assortment of fun rum-based drinks year-round.

barmini by José Andrés

Celebrity chef José Andrés’s innovative cocktail bar features the rom cremat, a warm Spanish drink that translates to “burnt rum.” Caribbean aged rum, coffee, sugar, lemon, and orange peels are mixed in a clay pot that’s torched. A large gold wreath and ornaments make for a merry décor.  

The Park at 14th

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The modern boxy building that holds the nightclub and restaurant will be wrapped up in a bow like a present for the holidays. Unwrap it to find dangling ornaments and snowflakes inside. Festive rum drinks will be offered during happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for $6.

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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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A popular salsa spot, Cuba Libre is festive year-round with its brightly colored decorations. The rum bar is known for its variations of mojitos and caipirinhas made with BACARDÍ, but the Latin restaurant turns up the heat during the winter season with a seasonal coquito rum cocktail. The drink’s ingredients include spiced rum, rum cream, coconut cream, and nutmeg.

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Kimpton Donovan Hotel

Guests looking to host private parties at the hip Logan Circle hotel can expect customized cocktail menus with options like BACARDÍ buttered rum and hot toddies. Party planners can choose simple or extravagant decorations, DJ and other entertainment, and a photo booth.

Fish Market Restaurant

Lights, trees, and other convivial décor will enliven the Fish Market starting the weekend after Thanksgiving. Guests can toast the season with the restaurant’s seasonal drinks, including an eggnog made with BACARDÍ Gold rum and a hot buttered rum made with BACARDÍ Gold and Superior rums.

The house-made concoction, Sex with Jay, features rum, vodka, pineapple juice, and grenadine. Drink up while listening to the live house band Wednesday through Saturday.

Sequoia

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Sparkly lights, and an oversized wreath will get diners of the Georgetown waterfront restaurant in the feeling festive. Rum drinkers will enjoy the restaurant’s twist on the mojito; the pomegranate mojito is made with BACARDÍ Limon and muddled pomegranate seeds and juice, which reddens the classic Cuban drink. Drink it inside or on the porch where heated igloos keep drinkers cozy.

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Kith and Kin

The Afro-Caribbean restaurant celebrates rum cocktails every day with drinks like the rum Manhattan and the Coki Beach, with BACARDÍ 8, toasted coconut syrup, and allspice rum.

Old Ebbitt Grill

Colossal nutcrackers stand guard in front of Old Ebbitt Grill during the holidays while inside wreaths, lights, and bows liven up the historic bar and restaurant. Guests will find similar décor at sister venues the Hamilton and Clyde’s of Gallery Place. Old Ebbitt Grill and Clyde’s will feature the same seasonal cocktail: a pomegranate-ginger mojito, with rum, pomegranate juice, ginger beer, mint, and lime.

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