A new cocktail bar and a new American spot have opened in the neighborhood. The newcomer to the city center, called 618 Cocktail and Whiskey Lounge, is located at 618 H St. NW, Floor 2.
It is located above the Chinatown Garden restaurant where it replaces the Penny Whiskey Bar. The lighting is dark and the atmosphere is relaxed.
On the menu, look for signature cocktails like the Old Penny with Redemption Rye, vanilla infused agave and bitters, as well as classics like Old Fashioned. Beer and shot combos and happy hours keep costs down.
There’s also a short course menu that includes a burger with whiskey sauce, fried pickle spears, and chicken wings in finishes ranging from Old Bay to sweet chili.
With a five-star rating out of four Yelp reviews so far, the new arrival has been warmly received by customers.
Katie J., who was among the first Yelpers in review the new February 9 spot wrote: “The bartender was knowledgeable about whiskey and made me a good Old Fashion. The drinks were good, the vibe was cold and they made popcorn for us which was pretty good too.”
Take a tour on your own: 618 Cocktail and Whiskey Lounge is open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and Sunday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.