The Navy Yard has been growing like wild flowers over the last few years—it seems like there’s a cool new bar or hospitality business opening each week. What I really like about Navy Yard, is that it’s packed with activities—whether it’s a workout at Vida, a trapeze lesson, or a brewery tour at Blue Jacket, that offer something beyond just dinner and drinks.
As I love wine, activities and our fair District, I was dying to visit District Winery. The multi-purpose space is Washington’s first commercial winery, brought to us from the folks behind Brooklyn Winery. It’s a restaurant, winery, tasting bar, wine shop and events space—President Obama recently officiated a wedding there, in fact.
The girls raved about brunch at Ana, the restaurant at District Winery, and so I leaped at the opportunity to experience the restaurant first-hand when it launched happy hour last week. (Read our brunch review here.)
The space is stunning—a modern, sleek industrial aesthetic with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows facing out onto the Anacostia. The service—from the moment we checked in with the host to the bartender to the manager, was top notch. Everyone was a true service professional, and I also wanted to be their friend.
Happy hour at Ana runs 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with $8 signature cocktails, $8 select wines, $5 beers and 50% off District Winery wines by the bottle. We started with a round of the rotating “punch of the moment” — this time, the Criola Margarita, a blood orange punch made with rum and cloves. This punch was an absolute hit—smooth and refreshing with a delightful flavor profile.
Later, we sampled a Pinor Noir and a Sauv Blanc—both great wine options.
We also sampled the appetizers—a cheese board and fried Brussels sprouts are a must at any girls happy hour. The cheese plate was great—a hearty portion of crowd-pleasing cheeses with solid accouterments of jams and spreads. Everything was fresh and flavorful.
The crispy fried Brussels sprouts were perfectly executed and packed with flavor—they were topped with goat cheese and pecan brittle for a unique touch.
We also sampled the Muhammara, a butternut squash version of the Indian spread with pomegranates and pickled red onion. It was served with a dense pita-like bread, mostly a cross between pita and bread. The bread could have been better but the spread was divine.
The mushroom toast is an interesting, shareable dish that pairs well with wine. It was fine, though, not something I’d order again.
We overstayed a bit and ordered some pierogis off the diner menu. The were absolutely divine—hearty, nutty, decadent and rich. I’m not crazy about pierogis, but I truly enjoyed this dish.
On our way out the door to a birthday party, we made use of the 50% off bottle deal—never show up empty handed.
Ana is a must-visit—and, now, you can enjoy at a discounted price at happy hour. We’ll see you there.
Ana at District Winery
385 Water St. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003