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At The Bar: D.C. Harvest

Our very own social Bitch, Annie, will be the first to tell you that we spend a ton of time on H Street. The drinks at D.C. Harvest are yet another reason why we gravitate to the happenings in the Atlas District. On a chilly March weeknight we enjoyed D.C. Harvest’s signature experience, a new offering that entails a mixology course featuring three accompanied by an appetizer of choice.

D.C. Harvest has other experiences as well, including an early bird special that consists of a pre-set menu, as well as a beer tasting dinner. Unlike most restaurant activities, which occur on one night, based on these drinks and bites, we will definitely be back to “experience” it all.

The Vibe
D.C. Harvest is known for its local and seasonal ingredients. Thoughtful sourcing and cooking is the motto here and it’s evident as soon as you enter. The local products were displayed by the bar, pickled veggies in mason jars line the red brick wall, and the glowing logo of a corn husk shined in the background. The space is comfortable, cozy, and big enough for a group.

D.C. Harvest At the Bar

It’s an amazing feeling to walk into an establishment and feel a little distant from the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s an even better feeling to know you are getting food that’s good for you despite there not being a farm in sight.

The Proprietors
Brothers Arthur and Jared Ringel opened D.C. Harvest in 2014 and have been constantly evolving the restaurant since its inception. Their latest “experience” addition to the restaurant has been a huge hit amongst diners and cocktail enthusiasts alike. Arthur is head chef and the brains behind the back of house, while Jared is front and center of the operations and creative cocktails.

Is This Seat Taken?
During the experience you’ll be seated at the bar to better interact with the bartender. The long, marble bar is comfortable and an awesome way to enjoy amazing food, hand-crafted drinks, and a creative experience.

The tables around the restaurant are also rustic and comforting. We saw a few people on date nights around the restaurant —it’s both a neighborhood staple and cozy date night option.

The Libations
The cocktails on this list were outstanding. Varying from interesting riffs on classic combinations, to mysterious, eyebrow raising syrups and spices, we were so excited to give these cocktails a try.

A few cocktails really stood out: Twist Tie, A Bitter Heart, and Smokey Robinson.

The Twist Tie had agave de Cortez Mezcal (a personal favorite), ginger lemongrass syrup, kaffir lime, and turmeric. The tumeric gave the drink this intense yellow color. It was strong and spicy, but had just enough acid, so it didn’t wipe out my taste buds. Although this was my first cocktail of the evening, I already knew it was going to be my favorite.

D.C. Harvest At the Bar

The Bitter Heart consisted of lone vodka, D.C. Harvest’s house-made sweet vermouth, blood orange, pomegranate, passion fruit juices, and burnt rosemary. This was one cocktail that would have been missing something if I had ordered it outside of this experience. It was awesome to be able to watch the bartender actually light the rosemary on fire to ignite its aromas. The drink was fruit forward and complex, while the burnt rosemary added the right amount of smoky notes.

D.C. Harvest At the Bar

A final favorite was the Smokey Robinson, which had “boosted” Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon,  Xicala Blanco Mezcal, lemon juice, five spice syrup, and smoked lemon. The smokiness and acidity paired unexpectedly well together. Mezcal’s smokey qualities alone pair perfectly with citrus, but the added smoke to an actual slice of lemon made this drink outstanding. The sugars caramelized around the peel and accented the beverage perfectly.

D.C. Harvest At the Bar

As for food, the appetizer menu is killer. We had to get a cheese board to accompany our beverages—a must do for the Bitches. And, we also ordered an edamame pancake-like fritter that was topped with smoked fish. The salty components of both dishes were incredible against the bold flavors of our drinks. After the third drink, we probably could have kept ordering food, but it was getting late and we were all cocktailed-out.

To custom made cocktails and incredible service. Nothing beats an evening with great friends, amazing (and strong) cocktails, and well thought out appetizers with solid ingredients to end a long day at the office. If you’re looking for a spot to grab drinks, but want it to be a little more special and catered to your personal preferences, D.C. Harvest is without a doubt the place for you.

D.C. Harvest
517 H St. N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002

Dannah Strauss

Dannah is our toughest critic. With a food and drink background, this Bitch brings her sophisticated opinion to the D.C. dining scene. Dannah is our D.C. editor and has all the restaurant intel. She's always game to try something new, but when it comes to brunch, she's looking for the classics done in an exceptional manner. French toast over pancakes, and bloodys over mimosas, always.

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