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Radiator, “A classic cocktail bar”, coming to Logan Circle in Spring

by Prince Of Petworth January 14, 2016 at 11:00 am 21 Comments


From a press release:

“A new culinary-focused cocktail bar and neighborhood gathering place, Radiator (www.radiatordc.com), will open off of the 14th Street corridor in Spring 2016, adjacent to the new Mason & Rook Hotel at 1430 Rhode Island Ave NW. A classic cocktail bar, Radiator’s drinks selection will focus on a carefully curated range of whiskeys and off-the-beaten path spirits, lovingly crafted classics, and a discerning selection of local beers and wines. The kitchen, led by Chef Jonathan Dearden, formerly of Ardeo + Bardeo, will complement the beverage program with soulful, rustic dishes that span snacks, sharable plates and large-format signature items. Classic bar service will be a Radiator calling card, with the bar trading modernist smoke and mirrors for perfectly executed classics and barkeeps who know your drink after your first visit.

“The stuffy fine dining experience is fading into the past,” Chef Dearden said. “Radiator is a classic, unfussy bar, but our goal is to blow you away with both the drinks and the food by using first-class ingredients and execution. Great cocktails call for great food, and that makes a bar space like Radiator a surprisingly ideal spot to show off a more contemporary approach to dining.”

Radiator’s name is a nod to 14th Street’s rich automotive past—once a home to many mid-20th century car dealerships and auto repair shops— and that history will be carried over to the design, with garage door-inspired walls and industrial accents. The large, 57-seat bar area includes a communal table and a comfortable lounge space decked out in rich woods and leather, and a 23-seat lounge area includes several nooks where small groups can gather. The space will be outfitted with playful diversions and games, such as backgammon, dominoes, checkers and chess. During warmer months, guests can enjoy a 50-seat patio featuring a large fire pit and a shuffleboard court under a retractable mesh overhang. The space is being designed by D.C.’s award-winning GrizForm Design Architects with an eye toward craftsmanship, ranging from large checkerboard floors to vintage car parts to displays of rare whiskeys.”

  • megmu99

    This sounds really fun! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    “Try our signature, free range artisanal farm-to-table cocktails, aged in old radiators.”

    • Dadric

      How dare you. Those are locally sourced radiators, I’ll have you know.

    • oh2dc

      Those radiators are “reclaimed”

  • jcm

    Try our new culinary-focused classic curated off-the-beaten-path lovingly-crafted discerning local soulful rustic sharable large-format signature Classic modernist adjectives.

    • Florista

      Served on small plates, of course.

  • AnonV2

    It’s a hotel bar. A fancy hotel bar attached to a Kimpton, but still a hotel bar.

    • I love hotel bars!

      • +1, some of the best bars I’ve ever visited are hotel bars.

    • sproc

      That’s the only reason I won’t disparage it. I’ve stayed at dozens of Kimptons over the last 15 years or so, and their food and beverage options are almost without exception first-rate.

      • In this city alone there’s Quill, Bourbon Steak, Off the Record, Urbana, Rye Bar, Blue Duck Tavern, Tabard Inn, Art & Soul, Degrees, Firefly, The Dubliner, Round Robin, so many good hotel bars!

  • atlas

    “neighborhood gathering place”? i’m very skeptical about that claim

  • Anon

    I like Radiator as a bar name. I also like: Baseboard, Hammer, Awl.

    • Furnace
      Boiler Room
      So many great bar names available!

      • LittleBluePenguin

        ugh. There is no way I’m ever going to a bar called “Humidifier”!

      • timmyp2353

        Yes Tommy anything you want to keep cold.

    • oh2dc

      I want to open Catalytic Converter, myself.

  • “Classic bar service will be a Radiator calling card, with the bar trading modernist smoke and mirrors for perfectly executed classics and barkeeps who know your drink after your first visit.”
    That last bit seems like a lofty promise. If there’s no “smoke and mirrors” involved then I’m guessing all the drinks will be priced at $10 or less, unless they’re using super premium spirits, amirite?!

  • AG

    Radiator? Ok, now we’re grasping at straws.

  • jaybird

    Radiator seems anachronistic. Maybe “Forced Air Heat” is more appropriate.


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