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Toast the return of normalcy with an abnormally pricey cocktail

The Rye Bar's barrel-aged Manhattan. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post) The Rye Bar's barrel-aged Manhattan. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Government employees: Celebrate the return of your paycheck by spending $16 on a (1) cocktail. The Capella hotel's chic Rye Bar is tapping a barrel of aged Manhattan tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the end of the shutdown and the return of District normalcy.

The only thing that's not normal here? The barrel-aged Manhattan -- made with Dad's Hat rye, Dolin sweet vermouth and Byrrh Quinquina, then aged for six weeks -- normally sells for $22. You save $6! Cheers to fiscal responsibility.

The Rye Bar, 1050 31st St. NW. 202-617-2400.


Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.
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