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At the Bar: El Techo

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When I heard there was an “adult treehouse” opening in Shaw, I was ecstatic and immediately began planning my next Instagram post. Our DC Editor in Chief, Steph, had already called dibs on brunch. So, I headed there for drinks as soon as the initial hype around the restaurant died down.

El Techo Brunch

The Movers and Shakers

Daniel Diaz and Louie Hankins are the duo behind El Techo, the burrito shop, and Rito Loco, its sister food truck. This self declared “adult treehouse” was designed to channel exotic destinations with a mix of Mexican, Spanish, and Caribbean influences. They’ve been getting a ton of press since they opened in early September–so naturally we had to check it out.

The Vibe

El Techo means “the rooftop” in Spanish, and the spacious rooftop really does feel like a treehouse. The grassy, mirrored wall gives off a very Alice in Wonderland vibe. My boyfriend, Andres, and I didn’t think it reminded us the Caribbean or Mexico—but we definitely didn’t feel like we were in Washington anymore.

The party was in full swing when we got there. The music was bumping and there was barely an empty table in sight. Luckily, we snagged two prime spots at the bar and had full access to Bryan, our wonderful bartender. This is definitely a new hotspot for the young D.C. scene–just be prepared to pay $11 for a margarita and $6 for Coronas.


Is this Seat Taken?

The monochrome tiled bar was the perfect spot for a date night. The actual bar is relatively small, but there are plenty of tables for large parties and places to set your drinks. This would be a great spot for large groups–just get there early to reserve your spots.


The Libations

Andres and I ordered our first round of drinks and three tacos to split. I devoured my fried avocado taco. It was delicious, crispy, and loaded with slaw. Andres enjoyed his carne asada and chicken tacos as well. He likes his sans slaw and with just onions and cilantro–but these were a welcome change.


I ordered the spicy mezcal margarita and he ordered the mojito on a hunch that I wouldn’t like mine… he was right. It was too spicy for me to drink the whole thing. So we switched halfway through–what a gem, right? The spicy margarita was delicious, smooth, and quite spicy. The mojito was also tasty. It was a solid mojito—well-mixed and garnished.


We ordered another round of drinks and enjoyed people watching. I switched to rose and Andres ordered the regular margarita. My rose was served in a mason jar and seemed like quite a heavy pour–no complaints here. It wasn’t too sweet, but it wasn’t dry either. It’s a good crowd pleaser.

The margarita was served in a pretty glass with black salt. We both enjoyed this drink and liked the tequila selection. It was smooth and had just the right amount of lime. We would definitely order this beverage again.



Head to this rooftop for a good time. There’s always a party and the crowd is young. The drinks are pricey–but worth the atmosphere and experienced bartenders.

El Techo
606 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Author: Tess

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