Sometimes you don’t care about lovingly crafted cocktails or the beautiful people or even 12% ABV beer. Sometimes you just want a drink in a plastic cup. With a view.
Cantina Marina is the kind of place you could easily find in Florida, a simple almost shack-like atmosphere on the Gangplank Marina, with three sides open to the elements and the waterfront view. This is an extremely casual scene where flip-flops, beach dresses and short shorts reign. It’s getting to be quite packed now that the weather is warm – whether we’ll ever see sun again is anybody’s guess – but you can easily hang out here on an overcast drizzling day like I did.
It’s really a perfect spot for an afternoon delight, with spots to perch on ranging from the center square bar surrounded by tables or the outside seating right on the water. Decent but not too exciting bar food means noshing of the mostly-fried Gulf Coast variety. Happily they feature my favorite summer drink of the moment, the Dark ‘n Stormy, made with rum and ginger beer. Oh, sexy steel drums… no wait, that’s just my head.
For the margarita lovers there’s a choice between several types of tequila including Cuervo and Cazadores Reposado (to really make it happy add Grand Marnier). If you’re having a particularly glum week, head over for Tecate Tuesdays, where the Mexican beer is $3. Beer is baseline Bud, Corona, Red Stripe, Dos Equis… and any can be made a michelada, the “beer bloody mary” that makes everyone squeal in disgust when I order it. They’re crazy wrong.
It’s all pretty simple stuff and you shouldn’t expect any frills. But that is precisely the charm. Plastic cups and boat bums. In DC. Yeah, there’s more to us than a “pinky-up” wino town…
600 Water Street SW
Washington, DC 20024