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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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^ Why haven't we met up? Granted I never seem able to make the DC meetups that I don't arrange (at least the past few years).

Honestly, though I love the place I rarely go to Jack Rose for "grown up drinking". There are a handful of whiskeys I know to look for (and rarely experiment with much else), beer, and mint juleps. Anyone try The Sheppard? Granted I've only been once but I had a nice drink (off of their very limited menu). I personally like Pearl Dive and Fainting Goat for cocktails (if I'm ordering off the menu and not getting an old fashioned or martini). Eat the Rich and upstairs bar at Bar Pilar are great too.
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^ Why haven't we met up? Granted I never seem able to make the DC meetups that I don't arrange (at least the past few years).

Honestly, though I love the place I rarely go to Jack Rose for "grown up drinking". There are a handful of whiskeys I know to look for (and rarely experiment with much else), beer, and mint juleps. Anyone try The Sheppard? Granted I've only been once but I had a nice drink (off of their very limited menu). I personally like Pearl Dive and Fainting Goat for cocktails (if I'm ordering off the menu and not getting an old fashioned or martini). Eat the Rich and upstairs bar at Bar Pilar are great too.

Looks like we don't patronize the same establishments. In addition to The Gibson and Jack Rose, I like The Passenger, Hogo (RIP), Tabard Inn (great for a first date), 2 Birds 1 Stone, Chez Billy, and Southern Efficiency. Last night I went to Second State, which is where The Mighty Pint used to be. Nice whiskey based cocktails, generous pours.

I have a friend who loves The Sheppard. Is it a good place for a first date?
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Yeah, I think the Sheppard would work for a few drinks on a first date. It has a lively yet intimate vibe - dark, good music bu not loud no standing room but still fits in a decent number of people).
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