We've gotten used to pop-up restaurants and pop-up shops, but February's big attraction will be pop-up bars, featuring the return of the Passenger and one-night-only cocktails from some of Washington's top bartenders.
Sunday, Feb. 15. at 7 p.m. Cafe Saint-Ex, 1847 14th St. NW.
There's no better time for a tiki fix than mid-winter. On Sunday, Feb. 15, Owen Thomson of Bar Pilar and Jason Strich of Hank's on the Hill are kicking off Guerrilla Drinks, a collaboration that will pop-up at bars around the city every other month. Each one will have a different theme, inspired by "one of our favorite bars in the country," Strich says. The debut, in Cafe Saint-Ex's basement Gate 54 Lounge, is modeled on Chicago's retro-tiki drinking den Three Dots and a Dash. The menu includes ten cocktails, most of which will sell for $10, "but we'll put our own spin on them," Strich promises. Think skull-shaped 16-ounce glasses made out of ice, and draft cocktails flowing from a pirate's treasure chest.
Best Friends' Gang
Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. 2 Birds 1 Stone, 1800 14th St. NW.
The Best Friends' Gang at 2 Birds 1 Stone is more of a collaboration than a pop-up. This one-night-only event finds cocktail connoisseur Adam Bernbach teaming up with his good friend Greg Jasgur, who was the beer director for Pizzeria Paradiso before moving to Portland, Maine, to run the tasting room at Oxbow Brewing Company. Their BFG night will showcase a variety of Oxbow beers, both in Bernbach's drinks as well as on their own. For example, Bernbach is using the Farmhouse Pale Ale saison in a hot punch with genever, roasted oranges and lemons, and a slew of spices, including coriander and cardamom. (I'm waiting to see what he'll do with the Arboreal, a sour ale aged in bourbon barrels.) A beer cocktail costs $15, which includes a five-ounce pour of the beer on its own as a "sidecar" for tasting purposes. The punch will run $11.