Bounced to Bourbon

There’s a bar in Glover Park called Bourbon. I’ve wanted to check it out for some time now, then I heard that they were going to open an offshoot in Adams Morgan, but it escaped my mind this past weekend as we wandered in search of post-dinner drinks.

We were a bit aimless, probably due to our consuming an entire bottle of sake with our sushi at Uni (random note: Uni has WiFi now!). It was cold and windy, which inspired a serious hankering for the infused vodka at the cosy Russia House lounge, but they were shut for a private party. “No room at this inn,” we thought, moving on sadly to 18th Street.

It’s funny how I’m sort of “rediscovering” Adams Morgan, lately. On our brisk walk up Columbia Road we passed the apartment building I lived in back in the mid-nineties, as a foolish and totally insane twentysomething. It felt very odd to walk by again.

Our next destination turned out to be the Blue Room, with its glowing bar. However, again we were thwarted – “Private party,” the cheery bouncer informed us, “but the first floor’s open.” This is how we ended up at Bourbon, completely unawares until after sitting down and ordering drinks and then finally noticing the long line of amber bourbon bottles behind the bar.

In case you haven’t guessed, Bourbon is located on the first floor of the Blue Room. It’s a small space with a few tables and booths in front and a bar in back. There’s an almost Asian feel to the simple decor, especially the dark wood bar. Though there were people partying it wasn’t too full at any point in the night, and I found out later that was its opening weekend. The two bartenders were both extremely nice and talented – we had some great cocktails, but ridiculously as we realized afterwards, we never did try any bourbon. From what I could tell they have a great selection. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to return to try them! The music selection was nicely eclectic. It looks primed to become a very popular spot so be sure to check it out before it hits maximum capacity.

I can only hope that you won’t be bounced around too much first – watch out, the private holiday parties have started!

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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