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At the Bar: Roofers Union with Passport Program

The Movers and Shakers

I don’t make it to Adams Morgan nearly as much as I did in my youthful days. But, when I do, it’s for lavender lattes and live music at Tryst. It was the perfect evening for a cocktail or two at Roofers Union. We were in good hands as it turned out my best pal, Manisha, happened to know the general manager & beer director, Dave Delaplaine. His passion for beer is apparent as he’s responsible for the expansive rotating draft lines available at the three-floor restaurant and bar.


The Vibe
Roofers Union has three distinct levels, each with a lengthy staircase in between, but it’s well worth the climb. The second floor is unique as it has floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open up to all the colorful establishments 18th Street has to offer. The rooftop is quite possibly one of my favorites, as it’s laid back, unpretentious, and offers great views of Adams Morgan.


Is This Seat Taken?
At any given night, you’ll notice the post-work crowd of young professionals unwinding with a drink in hand. Grab a spot on middle level or on the rooftop—you’re guaranteed to have a good time either way. If you’re looking to catch up with a friend or meeting for a date, Roofers Union is a safe and solid bet.

The Libations

I was ready to kick off the evening with my handy dandy Passport Program booklet. If you know me at all then you know how much I adore collecting stamps on my passport when I travel. Well, now I can do the same all over Washington, collecting stamps at each bar in my little black booklet from the Passport Program.  The best part is that I receive two drinks for the price of one at each participating bar. So, pick up a Passport Program for just $20 here and start traveling.

The Passport booklet works on all floors at Roofers Union, but the offerings change per level. If you’re looking for craft cocktails, we recommend the second floor as the rooftop offers a selection of beer, along with two types of frozen margaritas.


Since it was hot and humid, we needed something to cool us off immediately. We both opted for the Hibiscus Slushies with our Passports. The frozen margarita was sweet and just strong enough to do some damage. It was refreshing for a summer evening.


Manisha was intrigued by a rum cocktail humorously titled “That Kentucky Ass.” She couldn’t pass that up based on the name. The cocktail was bright and beautiful, with the hot pink colors coming from the soda, Angostura bitters, and rum.

I decided to end the evening with the “White Walker” cocktail. The gin and grapefruit cocktail also contained Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, and a fresno chili shrub for an added burst of flavor and those vinegar undertones. It was the ideal libation to cleanse my palate before heading to dinner.


Cheers! Whether you’re looking for craft beers, quality cocktails or a frozen slushie, Roofers Union is the the perfect summer watering hole.

Roofers Union
2446 18th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

Bitch Biz: Bitches Who Brunch partnered with Passport Program on this post. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from the company.

Shruti Shah

NYC Editor & Resident Vegetarian

Shruti has a love affair with gin and spicy food. By day she's hustling in PR for leading consumer brands. When she's OOO, you can find her at Daybreaker dance parties, exploring kitschy cocktail bars and reviewing veggie-friendly brunches.

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