August is when the summer doldrums truly settle over D.C.: heat, humidity, a desire to get out of town.
In short: There's no better time to go on a city-wide tiki-themed treasure hunt.
Tiki Trail D.C. is the brainchild of Brian Nixon, the bar manager at Truxton Inn. Since August is traditionally "a slow time of year," he says, he decided to liven things up by creating a month-long tiki bar crawl across Washington. Some of the eight participants, including Archipelago and Hogo, are known for their tiki concoctions and kitschy decor; others, such as Service Bar and Quarter + Glory, are not, but each one will have at least one tiki drink on the menu through the end of the month, if not several. (Truxton Inn just debuted a menu with a dozen traditional and original tiki drinks, including two that can be served in a pineapple.)
All eight bars will hand out treasure map-style "passports" for the trail. Order a designated tiki drink at a participating bar, and you'll get a stamp. Fill up the passport and you'll receive free admission to a special tiki-themed party on Sunday, Sept. 3, with $3 punches and special cocktails. The location of the final event is a surprise, but Nixon says that "clues at each stop will direct [bar crawlers] to the party."
Good luck, and don't forget your Hawaiian shirt.
Participants include Archipelago, Cotton and Reed, The Good Silver, Hogo, McClellan's Retreat, Quarter + Glory, Service Bar and Truxton Inn. Cocktail prices vary by location, but Nixon expects drinks to cost between $9 and $13.