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COLUMBIA ROOM - Mosaic mural
Mosaic mural (Photo by Jeff Elkins)

Update – The Columbia Room send professional photos – now we’re talking!

Why on God’s green earth did I not bring my good camera? This I do not know. What I do know is that the new Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley, NW) is the bomb. For those who missed the info last time:

Columbia Room, the intimate cocktail bar created by leading spirits expert Derek Brown, re-opens in Washington on February 9, 2016. Widely hailed for its meticulously crafted cocktails and intimate drinking experience, Columbia Room returns with the same attention to detail and top-notch service that earned it two James Beard Award nominations.

The revamped Columbia Room is a 2,400-square foot bar divided into three distinct areas: The Spirits Library, Punch Garden (outside) and Tasting Room.

“We’re so excited that we get to expand on our original idea” Brown says about the Columbia Room, which he originally launched inside The Passenger in 2010. “It means that we get to add bells and whistles, but it also means that we get to bring a new perspective, a more confident perspective that I think, for guests, will translate into a richer experience with our service, drinks and food.”

Against the backdrop of a stunning Italian mosaic mural that tells the story of the bar, ticketed patrons at the Columbia Room’s signature 14-person tasting room will indulge in three and five-course tasting menus featuring specialty cocktails, punches, sodas and light snacks curated by Brown and his team of expert bartenders, including head bartender J.P. Fetherston. The 20-seat Spirits Library, framed by bookcases and original artwork, will allow guests to taste one-of-a-kind spirits and cocktails à la carte. The Punch Garden, an outside terrace with a panoramic view of Washington, is slated to open in Spring 2016.

I took a taste last night and it was phenomenal. I just want to add that I went in with super high expectations too – DC is very lucky to have them back in action.

COLUMBIA ROOM- Tasting Room bar
Tasting Room bar (Photo by Jeff Elkins)

A couple More mediocre phenomenal photos after the jump.

COLUMBIA ROOM - Spirits Library
Spirits Library (Photo by Jeff Elkins)

COLUMBIA ROOM-Tasting Room 1
Tasting Room (Photo by Jeff Elkins)


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