“Vinoteca Opens Outdoor PLAZA Bar for Spring Season with New Outdoor Grill Menu”

1940 11th Street, NW

From a press release:

“One of U Street’s favorite outdoor gathering spots, Vinoteca has just opened its lively front patio and charming backyard Plaza bar for Washingtonians looking to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Reminscent of a European courtyard, Vinoteca’s just-reopened Plaza offers an extensive variety of rosé wines for the season, new outdoor grill menu, refreshing spring cocktails, and its popular oyster-shell bocce court.


Vinoteca is firing up its outdoor grill for dishes like the Southwest-inspired Sonoran Sausage, grilled pork sausage with bacon, smoked jalapeno crema, beans and onion; the Flank Steak Banh Mi with horseradish hoisin, carrot, red onion and cilantro; and the Grilled Portobello Burger with hummus, feta, cucumber and red onion.

Even some of the vegetarian dishes get a hit of the grill, like the Elote, grilled corn with queso fresco, crema, cilantro and smoked paprika; and Grilled Haloumi Panzanella with a tomato, cucumber, Castelvetrano olives, red onion and bread salad.

Lighter bites include the Scallop Ceviche with lime tigers milk, jalapeno, mango, scallions, cilantro and prosciutto; the Roasted Beet Salad with toasted pepitas, shallots, frisee and crème fraiche; and Vinoteca makes its own hand-pulled mozzarella for the Caprese Skewers which come with cherry tomatoes, caperberries, basil and balsamic vinaigrette.

And snacks like the Jojos, grilled sweet potato wedges dusted with Cajun spice, paired with a gorgonzola dipping sauce, and the Plantain Chips, make great bites between rounds of bocce.


As warm weather signals the return of spring’s favorite grape – rosé – Vinoteca’s wine director Kate Chrisman has hand-picked 12 new rosés for the already-extensive wine list. Offering a range of sparkling and still rosés hailing from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the U.S., new rosés include happy hour steals like the Bodegas Fontana “Mesta”, a tempranillo rosé, by-the-glass options like the food-friendly 2015 Château Vignol Bordeaux Rosé or the 100% sustainable 2015 Anne de Joyeuse “Camas”; and funky bottles like the 2015 “r” from Domaine Serene, a Pinot Noir blend with notes of guava, citrus and a hint of watermelon. Chrisman also offers a rosé wine flight – Rosé Colored Glasses – for $16.


There’s nothing better in the spring than a refreshing al fresco libation, and Vinoteca has a variety of creative new cocktails to enjoy on the Plaza.

The aperitif-based Blushing Adonis is made with Valdespino Inocente Fino Sherry, Cocchi Rosa Vermouth and Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters, while the “M” starts with a housemade Lemon Vodka wash, combined with Fifty Pounds Gin and El Paso de Lazo Blanco. Paying homage to DC’s official cocktail, the Sparkling Rickey uses Fords Gin, sparkling wine and fresh lime juice, while the classic moscow mule gets a neighborhood spin in the U Street Mule, with vodka, Domaine de Canton French ginger liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice and Blenheim’s hot ginger beer.

Fresh citrus brightens up whiskey in the Piggy O’Mighty, with Pig’s Nose 5-Year Scotch, Gran Classico Bitters, honey syrup, fresh lemon juice and an orange twist. And the Moda Antigua has two variations: the regular cocktail made with El Silencio Espadin Mezcal, Contratto Fernet, agave syrup and Fee Brother’s Aztec Chocolate Bitters, and a just-released barrel-aged version – the Moda Muy Antigua – that has been aged in Vinoteca’s own barrel for five months, since December. Cocktails range from $11-$16.

Vinoteca also of course has two different sangrias on offer: the Sparkling Sangria ($30/pitcher) made with Cava, Spanish brandy, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Licor 43 and fresh citrus; and the Red Sangria ($8 glass/$32 pitcher) made with Tempranillo, Spanish Brandy, Rum, spices, fresh citrus and apple.


The only bar in DC to boast its own outdoor bocce court, Vinoteca’s oyster-shell court setting on the Plaza is reminiscent of a European courtyard. Welcoming bocce pros and novices alike, the court is open Wednesday – Friday from 5 p.m. to close, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to close (on Monday and Tuesday evenings the court is reserved for DC Bocce League play).

Vinoteca offers happy hour every day (Monday-Sunday) on the Plaza from 5 to 7 p.m. with $5 wines, $5 Peronis and discounted small plates. Brunch is also served on the Plaza and sidewalk patio on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.”

Recent Stories

2606 Connecticut Ave, NW From an email: “Join us on Friday, March 8, from 7-10pm as Jazz at DK celebrates one year of live jazz at District Kitchen, Woodley Park’s…

Sweet City Ride

Thanks to Kyle for sending this fantastic van. Sweet City Ride is made possible by readers like you!

Photo by Diane Krauthamer Ed. Note: If this was you, please email [email protected] so I can put you in touch with OP. “Dear PoPville, Midlands, Saturday night around midnight.

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and…

Escape the Bookshop II, the escape room experience at tiny bookshop HouseMouse Books and Vintage in Takoma Park, will wrap up its 2024 run in mid-May. Two weeks of dates have just been added to accommodate strong demand!

Escape the Bookshop II is a limited-run, unique group puzzle game that is based on a real crime that took place in Takoma Park around 130 years ago. It is designed and created by HouseMouse to be played in our atmospheric little bookshop. This is not your typical corporate escape room and makes for a memorable evening out with friends or family!

Bookings are open for game dates through May 10. The game takes place Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. It is designed to be played by a group of 3 to 6 people (ages 16+) and lasts for one hour. The game is customizable in difficulty and no prior escape room experience is needed to enjoy it.

Read More

Submit your own Announcement here.

Dreaming of small-town charm with big-city convenience? Look no further than 7156 Main St in Clifton, Virginia! Nestled just 30 miles from the heart of Washington D.C., this picturesque property offers the best of both worlds.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to find tranquility in this quaint, historic town. With its tree-lined streets and friendly community atmosphere, Clifton is the perfect place to call home. Yet, with its close proximity to the nation’s capital, you’ll never be far from the excitement and opportunities of urban living.

Imagine weekends exploring local shops, dining at charming cafes, and enjoying outdoor adventures in nearby parks. Then, commute to D.C. for work or play, soaking in all the culture, entertainment, and career opportunities the city has to offer.

Read More

Submit your own Announcement here.

The Feels

The Feels for mindful singles returns on 3/14. Formulated in partnership with Columbia University, the evening’s design fuses mindfulness, your body’s somatic intelligence, compliments and more. Research shows The Feels is 2x more effective than a typical singles event.


Romance Author & Reader Happy (Ever After) Hour

Enjoy drinks with fellow romance loverss.

Confirmed special guests include Andie J. Christopher, Susie Dumond, Laura Hankin, Timothy Janovsky, Thien-Kim Lam, Chip Pons and Sarah Wendell. We’ll have raffles for signed copies and other fun prizes.

The event will feature


Subscribe to our mailing list