It’s City Paper’s Burger Week! Join Bourbon for brunch or dinner July 23-July 30th, when we’ll be serving up our classic burger and our veggie burger for just $7! Take photos of your burger, hashtag it #DCBurgerWeek, and then come back the next night and do it all over again.
Dine-in only, please.
Bourbon announces the return of its popular race-day soirée on May 6th, as well as a new specialty julep menu available for a week leading up to the derby.
From May 1-5, patrons can order classic mint juleps or one of three twists inspired by this year’s most-promising ponies. They include the Classic Empire, with Old Grandad bourbon, matcha and green-tea syrup and mint; Always Dreaming, a tiki-inspired take with Toki Suntory whisky, apricot and pineapple juice, orgeat and lime juice; and Thunder Snow, with High West Silver OMG rye whiskey, mango and bell pepper.
As race fans gather at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6th, Bourbon will host its legendary watch party, which kicks off early with brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classic mint juleps prepared with crushed ice and Old Forester, the official bourbon of Churchill Downs, will be just $10 all day, and classic Derby Pies are among the passed treats Bourbon will offer its guests.
Revelers are encouraged to wear race-day finery: A prize will be offered for the best-dressed, and a separate raffle will also shower rewards on one lucky winner. There will be no admission charge for Derby Day; table seating will be available on a first come, first-served basis only.
This April, Bourbon is featuring elegant riffs on one of its best-selling classics: The Manhattan.
Manhattan Month will feature five cocktails inspired by the simple but elegant Manhattan recipe -- an enduring pairing of rye, Italian vermouth and bitters.
Now, beverage director Lidia Fernandes and general manager Jessica Dallesasse re-imagine the cocktail with modern bitters and vermouths to showcase some of the best whiskeys on Bourbon’s vast and varied shelves.
To Russia with is a tweak on Washington’s current state of political affairs, featuring D.C.-made products, including One Eight Distilling’s Untitled No. 3 (a wheated bourbon aged in barrels that previously held roasted coffee beans from D.C. roaster Vigilante Coffee) and Capitoline’s rosé vermouth. The Hillbilly Elegy (taking its name from the bestselling book by J.D. Vance) pairs Appalachian-made Smooth Ambler Old Scout American Whiskey with a hint of orange blossom and Cocchi Torino for one of the most evocative, graceful Manhattans on our list, while Tipsy on the Vermonter takes Bourbon’s own private barrel of 10-year WhistlePig rye (hand-selected at the distiller’s Vermont farm) and stirs in Vermouth Del Professore Rosso and classic angostura and orange bitters to highlight the gorgeously oaky rye.
Two Manhattans take drinkers on an international voyage: Jiro Dreams of Cookies infuses Nikka Coffey Grain whisky from Japan with toasted coconut, balancing it perfectly with the noir bitterness of Fernet-Vallet, while The All-Inclusive sizzles with El Silencio mezcal, the subtle hint of cacao nibs and leathery-oaky bite of whiskey bitters.
Manhattan Month will continue nightly March 31 through April 30. Drinks on the special menu will be $2 off during Bourbon’s nightly happy hour, Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m.
On Feb. 14th, we’re teaming up the Whiskey Library for an evening for whiskey lovers. First, we’ll whet your appetite with a cocktail featuring Henry McKenna 10-year bottled-in-bond bourbon. Then you’ll settle in for three hearty courses (vegetarian options available), each paired with one-ounce pours of specially selected whiskies. Love whiskey? Experts from the Whiskey Library will be on hand to offer insights about each sip.
Our Valentine's Day prix-fixe menu, including pairings, is priced at $60 per person, plus tax and tip, and includes the following:
First course (choose one)
Fried green tomatoes
Smoked meatballs or falafel in harissa
Chicken and sweet potato waffles
Warm goat cheese salad
Pairing: Bernheim Original Wheat Bourbon
Second course (choose one)
Buttermilk fried chicken
Bourbon bistro steak
Four cheese ravioli
Bean and Barley vegan meatloaf
Pairing: Pikesville 110-proof Rye
Third course (choose one)
Bread pudding with bourbon-pecan caramel
Crème brulee with pomegranate coulis
Bittersweet chocolate torte
Pairing: Elijah Craig private barrel
Bourbon is proud to participate in All in Service DC, a Washington-wide effort to rally those in the hospitality industry to support grassroots efforts. Like many in Washington D.C.'s thriving restaurant, hospitality and bar community, Bourbon will be donating a portion of our proceeds during the inaugural weekend Jan. 20-22 to causes close to our hearts. We've chosen to support the efforts of Planned Parenthood, a national organization supporting women's health, as well as Martha's Table, a D.C. organization helping locals in need.
How to find us: Bourbon is located in the historic neighborhood of Adams Morgan. We're accessible by Metro via the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle (North entrance/Q Street) stations on the Red Line and Columbia Heights Station on the Green Line. We're also on the 42, 43, H1 and L2 buses (stop at Columbia Road and Biltmore Street NW) and 90, 96, and X3 buses (stop at 18th Street and Belmont Road NW). If you must drive, we recommend parking in the Colonial Parking Garage one block north of Bourbon. We do not offer valet parking.
For the whole month of November, Bourbon will celebrate America’s most enduring cocktail with riffs on its staple ingredients: sugar, bitters, water, spirits. Created by Bourbon beverage director Jessica Dallesasse, these five old-fashioneds will show off some of the best whiskeys and artisanal bitters on the market.
The Whiskey Library is celebrating Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery’s third release from their award-winning Special Cask Finish Series, with Belle Meade Bourbon Madeira Cask Finish at Bourbon DC from 6-9pm on Friday, November 4th.
The event will feature complimentary tastings of the Madeira Cask Finish and heavy hors d’oeuvres. In addition, a specially crafted cocktail and discounted flights of the rest of the Belle Meade line-up will be available.
Tickets and information on eventbrite.com!