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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post

I am not a fan of DC cocktail bars, and honestly, the DC restaurant scene -- a lot seemed to be about surface without substance. Columbia Room was austere and antiseptic, PX uninspired (which suited the uninformed and uncaring clientele the days I was there), Jack Rose had a great selection but the cocktails were meh. Only the Gibson shone for me.

Incidentally, I've never had a great Blood & Sand, either.

~ H

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To be fair, the B&S was not made by the head bartender, who is one of the best cocktail makers in the city based on my experience tasting his creations at competitions. And the three drinks I had beforehand (from a set list) were very good.

Jack Rose now has a speakeasy by reservation in its basement called Dram and Grain. Pretentious to be sure, but the drinks are pretty good. They made me a B&S I liked quite a bit. The choice of scotch and sweet vermouth significantly affects how the drink turns out.
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I rather liked my time at the Columbia room. One of my favorite memories. The selection at Jack rose is honestly insane tho. Somebody spent a lot of time procuring those bottles
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I was honestly overloaded at Jack Rose. Went into choice paralysis, just stared at the menu for about 20 minutes. I think need to make a list before I go next time.
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It was pretty pricey too. Feel like you could blow a lot of money there very easily
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It was pretty pricey too. Feel like you could blow a lot of money there very easily

Especially if you get a little too drunk early in the night. Could wake up to a $1000 credit card bill even if you weren't ordering rounds.

I got their last dram of one of the bottles of Port Ellen (can't remember which variety). I felt weirdly guilty about it.

Oddly enough Lagavulin DE was like a buck more a glass than the regular. Was all over that.
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Jack Rose is not a place to be getting more than one drink if you are concerned about expenses. It's a nice stop for a night of grown-up drinking (i.e., not jello shots at Millie & Al's), but head down the street to Bar Charley to do the bulk of your imbibing.
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