A few pieces of information to be aware of if you find yourself on U Street this weekend:
New (but familiar) faces at the Gibson
The Gibson was one of Washington’s pioneering neo-speakeasy cocktail bars, though the field has gotten increasingly crowded. The 14th Street hideaway has put itself back in the spotlight this week with two new bartenders. Wander in tonight and you’ll find Bourbon Steak’s award-winning mixologist Duane Sylvestre serving up cocktails. It’s something of a coup for the Gibson; general manager Jonathan Harris explains that he called Sylvestre to see if he could recommend anyone who might be interested in a Friday night shift. To Harris’ surprise, Sylvestre offered to do it. He won’t be leaving Bourbon Steak permanently, but will be mixing up classic cocktails once a week at the Gibson.
Also new at the Gibson: Frank Jones, formerly of PS7’s, who will be hosting the Gibson’s new “Cocktail Sessions” on Tuesday nights in the second-floor lounge. Every week will feature five brand-new cocktails to sample, no reservations required. (If the concept sounds familiar, it’s an idea that Proof mixologist Adam Bernbach pioneered during his time at Bar Pilar in 2008-09.) Last Tuesday’s debut featured such drinks as the Someone Like You, a fragrant mix of mezcal, bitter Amaro and the sweet, vanilla-ish Root liqueur.
Halloween cocktails at Lost Society
You might not think that a rooftop bar is still a destination once the leaves start changing color, but Lost Society, which features DJs spinning every Friday and Saturday without a cover charge, is still going strong. The bar has recently unveiled new Halloween-themed cocktails that will be offered for $10 for the rest of the month. The Killer’s Passion is a spicy blend of Bombay Sapphire gin, spicy house-made habenero water, a honey/agave syrup and a touch of passionfruit. A few dashes of Peychaud’s bitters stand in for “blood.” Some of the other concoctions are closer to summery tiki drinks than fall cocktails -- two kinds of rum meet prickly pear syrup and pineapple in the Lost Zombie, which is garnished with a big pineapple wedge.
Watch the Redskins at Dodge City
I really like Dodge City for its laid-back vibe, solid beer selection and great weekend DJs, but I’d never considered it a place to watch sports. The bar is kicking off new Sunday afternoon hours this week with a Redskins game-watching party and will keep showing the Skins on its big-screen TV every week. While you watch the game, they’ll have a grill going on the back patio cooking up sausages from local purveyor 13th Street Meats and veggie burgers for the non-meat-eaters.