The Movers & Shakers
After loving our brunch on the patio at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown, I knew it wouldn’t be long before we were back to play in The Yard. I was joined by my friend for drinks on a warm summer evening. We sat at the intimate bar so we could pepper our darling bartender Michael with questions. Michael was wonderfully accommodating and offered to concoct anything we were dreaming of, beyond the inventive cocktail menu.
The Yard is a spacious area with plush couches to lounge on with friends, high top tables under umbrella, and more communal seating.
Hungry? Post up at one of the tables to share appetizers like prosciutto wrapped melon or shrimp lettuce wraps. The light bites on the menu range from $8-$11, and share plates from $12-21.
The posh vibes are matched by the expensive cocktail list. For $17 a pop, you can cool down with a wide range of mixed drinks. Too much? There is also a nice selection of beer, wine, and bubbles.
Is This Seat Taken?
I had expected my fellow diners to be mostly guests of the hotel, but many patrons were people just off work in Georgetown. This is a great spot to network after hours, or to bring someone you want to impress (romantically, professionally, or otherwise).
I love the idea of stopping by for a cocktail on date night, before heading to a dinner reservation in Georgetown. The hotel is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of M Street that you can appreciate being outdoors without the noise of Georgetown crowds of shoppers.
I’m a sucker for popsicle gimmicks, so I immediately need to try the South Street spritzer popsicle cocktail. The popsicle is made of frozen Aperol spritz, so is better off to let it melt in your glass. I didn’t love the peach nectar vodka, but this is a drink sure to cool you down on a hot day.
I had also been eyeing “The Explorer,” made with pineapple infused pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and pineapple wedge. As soon as my date took his first few sips, I was jealous I hadn’t ordered it myself. The South American brandy has a light, herbal taste and the cocktail has that sour accent, without actually being a pisco sour. One neat part of this order is that $1 of proceeds is donated to the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society
Unsure what to try next, Michael offered to make us two drinks custom. We boith wanted something refreshing, so he whipped us up a light gin cocktail, and a twist on a whiskey sour for me. Both were fantastic.
Cheers! We loved the luxurious outdoor space at The Yard for a warm evening drink. Stop by for a cocktail with a date you want to impress, before heading to dinner in Georgetown.
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
3100 South Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007