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Columbia Room, Washington

1021 7th Street N.W.
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202 393 0220's insider take:

If you can get a much sought-after reservation, you'll find tiny Columbia Room hidden away behind sister bar the Passenger, through multiple doorways. This 16-seater is part apothecary, part Japanese omakase experience. Owner and master of ceremonies Derek Brown chips ice from a wooden hangiri while holding forth on the chemistry of tinctures and the history of tiki. Tipplers tend to linger, taste-testing new recipes, mellowing out to the acoustic indie soundtrack, and ordering one last cocktail. We suggest the martini, the perfect marriage of precision (Brown uses a thermometer) and flair (that cut crystal coupe!).—Colleen Clark

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