If you find the bars around Chinatown to be overrun with sports fans and tourists, you’re not alone. I’ll let you in on a little secret though–the neighborhood is home to one of my new favorite cheap eats spots. The beloved D.C.-based fast casual chain, &pizza, expanded into the bar scene.
The Movers and Shakers
Washingtonians already know and love &pizza and its founder, Michael Lastoria. We caught up with him to learn more about his background and the company ethos in this Bitch At Us interview.
The Chinatown space is the company’s 16th location and it stays true to style with black and white decor and heavenly, familiar smells.
Downstairs is the fast casual &pizza buildout you’re used to, but wander upstairs to find more space to dine in, and a neat bar. We’d suggest ordering your pizza first then heading up for drinks–the Bitches’ personal fave is the Farmer’s Daughter, a tasty spin on a breakfast ‘za.
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Grab a seat at the bar or gather around your meal at a table–either way this is perfect for friends. The classic cocktails are only $7.27, and draft beer and wine are $5.45, so this is definitely one of the more affordable bars in the area.
Even with those low prices, we saved even more by using our Passport Program DC winter booklet. We love these handy field guides that inspire us to explore local watering holes and get two-for-one cocktails. There’s really no excuse not to catch up with an old friend or have an uber casual date night!
The &bar menu promises to use only products from local producers, adding to the “all home grown” vibe. I saw distilleries like Catoctin Creek and Green Hat Gin on display. As for beers, you can expect local brews like Port City and 3 Stars.
The Passport Program covers any of the craft cocktails “hits,” so I opted for a rum punch and a vodka lemonade. Another neat branding tie is the use of &pizza’s signature &sodas. The rum punch Cotton + Reed rum, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, lime juice, and mango passionfruit soda. It tasted like vacation. Since the heat was up, if I closed my eyes I could almost imagine I was sitting at a beach bar in the Caribbean–if the island smelled like pizza, that is.
The vodka lemonade is made with Civic Vodka (from Republic Restoratives), Don Ciccio Limoncello, ginger berry lemonade soda, and mint. The yummy mint gave it a mojito-like aftertaste. The color is a pretty pink and the flavor is light, which to me tastes like trouble. One would have no problem finishing these too quickly.
&bar is a convenient, casual spot to catch up with friends over a personalized ‘za and locally sourced cocktails.
&bar at &pizza
705 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
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