Washington, DC


And man am I drunk. Seriously I can’t read any of my notes at the moment. Tryst launched its new cocktail menu Thurs. evening. And it was great launch. I tried a few but by far my favorite was the “Demolition Derby (up) A riff on the classic Derby – gold rum, fresh lime juice and honey-spice syrup”. Beverage Director David Fritzler (pictured above), when pressed to recommend three favorites, suggested the Bitter Ex, Winona Ryeder and Ward 1. After the jump check out more photos and full list of cocktails.



“Tryst: Coffeehouse, Bar, Lounge opened in 1998 in the heart of Adams Morgan. With the motto “No Corporate Coffee, No Matching Silverware,” Tryst is known as Adams Morgan’s neighborhood coffeehouse as well as a pioneer in American Café/Coffee Culture. It’s sister restaurants are The Diner in Adams Morgan and Open City in Woodley Park.

Open Daily:
7am-12am (Sun),
6:30am to 12am (Mon-Wed),
6:30am to 2am (Thurs) and
6:30am to 3am (Fri-Sat).

Tryst has free live jazz Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, monthly art shows and hosts various community events, benefits and parties.

2459 18th NW Washington DC 20009

the Tryst BAR Menu

Tryst is happy to introduce our new cocktail menu (and wonderful bartenders) to the public. Our 11 years in business have been an exciting time of growth and refinement for the craft beer and cocktail scenes as well as the specialty coffee industry, and we are excited to share these gains with the public.

This new menu brings skillfully made cocktails, derived from quality ingredients, out of the shadows of speakeasy style establishments and expensive hotel bars. We are proud to serve these noteworthy cocktails in the comfort of your neighborhood-gathering place. In addition to our emphasis on quality café cocktails, we have designed some refreshments geared toward daytime consumption.

Our new bartenders are J.P.Caceres, who has worked behind the bar and behind the scenes of many DC hot spots, including those of the Latin Concepts Group, for many years and Lana Labermeier, who brought DC the wonderful Big Bear Café and loves taxidermy chicks. They work with beverage director David Fritzler who has been at Tryst for 10 years after bartending in Portland, OR and is a member of the DC Craft Bartenders and US Barista guilds.



Weak at the Bee’s Knees (up) an aromatic twist on a sweet and citrusy, classic gin cocktail – we use 209 Gin,

St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and fresh lemon juice 8

Bitter Ex (up) Beefeater, Campari, Cynar artichoke liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice & Angostura bitters help one forget past regrets 8

Ascot Race (up) Hendricks, Pimms, cucumber, lemonade and bitters 8


Ward 1 (up) fresh strawberries, lemon juice & basil, embellished with balsamic reduction 9


Winona Ryeder (up) Rye whiskey is sweetened with Averna Amero & spiked w/house sassafras bitters 9

Rusty Nail in the Coffin (rocks) peaty Laphroig scotch cut with Irish Whiskey and spiked w/ Drambuie & Absinthe 10


Demolition Derby (up) A riff on the classic Derby – gold rum, fresh lime juice and honey-spice syrup 8


Flying Spur (up) calvados, Dolin sweet vermouth, cider, cava & Peychaud’s bitters 9

Tequila, Mezcal

Smoke & Mirrors (rocks) Mezcal & Anejo tequila with fresh grapefruit juice, honey, and Aztec chocolate bitters 9″


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