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Craft Cocktail Bar, The Twisted Horn, “Officially Opens in December” – Lots More Info

by Prince Of Petworth November 24, 2015 at 10:05 am 16 Comments

819 Upshur Street, NW

From a press release:

“Restaurateur Jamie Leeds is thrilled to open The Twisted Horn in the Petworth neighborhood of D.C., which will be led by General Manager Megan Coyle of Hank’s Oyster Bar. The craft cocktail bar officially opens in December 2015, located at 819 Upshur Street, NW, 20011. The menu highlights seasonally driven cocktails made with local ingredients, house infusions and innovative combinations, in addition to a number of bar bites and locally sourced snacks.

The opening beverage list features unique drinks such as Scarlet Billows, Blackwell Rum, Camparno Anitca, Fresh Blood Orange Juice; Ghostwood Development, Jensen Old Tom Gin, Sapins Liqueur, Port, Salmiakki Dala Scandinavian Fernet, Whole Egg, Black Pepper Nutmeg; and Black Hat, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Grapefruit Juice, Housemade Cinnamon & Clove Demerara Syrup, Angostura Bitters. In addition, the menu will include classic cocktails as well as rotating beer and wine lists. Bartenders will serve up craft beers such as Day of the Dead Hefeweizen or Atlas Rowdy Rye and several varietals of wines will be available by the glass or bottle.

Guests are invited to snack on small bites to accompany their carefully crafted beverages. Jamie Leeds has designed a menu consisting of bar favorites and colorful tastes, such as Assorted Pickles, from their neighbors Gordy’s Pickle Jar; Crostini, choice of Pimento Cheese, French Onion, Spicy Carrot, Chopped Chicken Liver; Onigiri Japanese Rice Balls, choice of Pickled Vegetable, Tuna Tartar, Smoked Salmon, Ume Plum Paste; and a curated selection of Cheese & Charcuterie.

Designers Lauren Winter and Brian Miller of Edit, in collaboration with Streetsense, have transformed the space from an abandoned church into a casual, inviting bar. The candlelit interior design and décor is edgy and industrial, while maintaining a neighborhood feel. The bar has 30 stools, with an additional 10 seats at high-top tables. There are also plans to house an outdoor patio with approximately 40 seats.

The Twisted Horn is a neighborhood bar featuring seasonally-driven craft cocktails, classic libations and bar bites. The Twisted Horn is open Sunday through Thursday from 5PM to 1AM, and Friday through Saturday from 5PM to 2AM.”

  • transplanted

    It’s a little funny of them to point out that it was an abandoned church with that architecture, but I’m looking forward to checking this out.

  • NHAve


    If anyone knows what gives with Slim’s glacial pace, I’d be interested to know. It was supposed to open almost a full year ago now I believe. Booths have been in for a couple of months. I mostly trust in Ruppert, but as a friend said, “it’s as if they never did that hash browns vs. home fries poll”

    • petworther

      To be fair I think the original goal was more like late July or mid August. I have no idea what the delay is, but I’m guessing a combination of surprises in the building and DCRA.

      • NHAve

        Ok, yes I see a post about a summer opening. I swear when I first heard about it they were talking March 2015. I know restaurants always take longer than anticipated (see that monstrosity next to Qualia). But still. Neighborhood is chomping at the bit for this place!

  • anon7

    Very excited. Will be a great addition to my Petworth drinking loop.

  • petworther

    This is fantastic. And so begins a long string of exciting openings on Upshur.

  • siz

    totally into it

  • TX2DC

    This will be a welcome addition to the Upshur strip.

  • Andy

    Was it really an “abandoned” church, or was it just a small storefront church with a small congregation? I think there is a difference.

    • madmonk28

      About ten years ago, I’d hear people in there, but I haven’t noticed any in years.

    • petworther

      Don’t know the exact timeline but that place has definitely been empty for years.

  • Andy

    Thanks for clarification!

  • Anonymous

    Sweet! Wish the food was a little more substantial (pickles? really?), but itll compliment the businesses on Upshur well. Very excited! I hope this leads to a Hanks Oyster Bar in our neighborhood soon too!

  • bertram keller

    No this was not an abandoned Church, no the building did not sit “empty” for years. it was an active small Church where many of my neighbors went to Church. The congregation outgrew the building and moved to a new Church in Bowie MD.

    • anon

      presumably it was empty after they moved. that’s probably what everyone is talking about.

    • madmonk28

      So they went to church in Bowie, thus abandoning the building on Upshur?


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