Two weeks ago, I had the chance to visit Washington, DC while on a business trip. I didn’t have a lot of time while I was in the area, and I needed to get up early every morning, but I still wanted to get out and try at least one or two of the many cocktail bars that I had heard about in the area. David Wondrich’s write-up on the best bars in Washington, DC last summer made The Columbia Room sound like a good first stop, and I was fortunate enough to be able to get a reservation. I arrived a bit early for my reservation though, and I also needed to eat, so I visited another bar from the same owners that is just down the street: Hogo.
One of the reasons that I created this blog was to be an outlet for the information that I collect about cocktail bars in the various cities that I visit. In these posts I’ll typically publish pictures of the menu and say a few words about my experience at the bars.
I was in Austin, Texas for about a week back in early May, and then I spent one night in Houston on my way back. In Austin, I was amazed at the cocktail quality across the range of various bars that I visited. Even bars that looked like typical beer and well drinks places had cocktail menus that were interesting and bartenders with some education. Fernet was available at most places. Since I was only in Houston for a short time, I can’t evaluate the quality of the cocktail scene as generally, but I got the impression from the few places that I visited, and the bartenders at Anvil Bar & Refuge, that it doesn’t have the same quality across the board as Austin (no real surprise there, frankly). Anvil is at the same quality level as all of the top places in Austin though, so you can still get a great cocktail in Houston.