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Dirty Habit replacing Poste at Hotel Monaco this Fall

by Prince Of Petworth September 6, 2016 at 11:40 am 20 Comments

dirty habit
555 8th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending the new signage.

Dirty Habit Bar Rendering
A rendering of Dirty Habit, opening in Penn Quarter this fall. courtesy MoKi Media

From a press release:

“Dirty Habit welcomes Sarah Ruiz to its talented team as head bartender. With a sommelier certification from The Court Master Sommeliers and nearly a decade of hospitality experience, Ruiz brings her attention to detail and her dedication to spirits craftsmanship to the excitingly edgy new Penn Quarter restaurant and bar opening this fall.

“We’re excited to have Sarah bring her perspective to the Dirty Habit beverage program,” said William Smith, general manager of Dirty Habit. “Her bar menu will showcase atypical ingredients and bold flavors. Paired with Executive Chef Kyoo Eom’s eclectic social-plates, Sarah’s craft cocktails will offer ingenuity and an unexpected twist.”

Ruiz’s hospitality career began at the Michelin-star-awarded Fifth Floor in San Francisco, where she learned the importance of discipline, preparation and the value of high-quality service. She then forged her spirits expertise further during her most recent post managing an agave-focused spirits division for Baja Wines, a wine-importing company in Mexico, learning the ancestral methods of mezcal production. In addition to frequenting vineyards in California, Oregon and Burgundy to gain a deeper understanding of grapes and wine-making, Ruiz studied sherry production in Jerez, Spain and cider houses in Basque Country. This global spirits and wine knowledge will be present in Dirty Habit’s subversive bar, complementing Chef Eom’s culinary direction.

Ruiz will bring grit and whimsy to the stylishly dark bar, featuring such standout craft creations as:

“Seeing Spots” is made with Amontillado, Fino, Bianco Vermouth, Nocino, Strega Rinse, Walnut Bitters and Oil. It’s a low-proof cocktail for guests who want to start the evening with an aperitif or for those ready to wind down after a long night.
“Matcha Picchu” is a mix of Pisco, Guava, Falernum, Matcha and Citrus. With its tropical and floral notes, this refreshing beverage is well-suited for guests hiding away on Dirty Habit’s private city-block patio.
“Smoke Signals” consists of Rye, Oloroso, Lapsang Souchong, Maple and Nutty Bitters. The Asian tea adds smokiness to Ruiz’s take on an Old Fashioned, serving those that enjoy a classic cocktail with a unique spin.

“I’m truly looking forward to joining the D.C. bar scene,” said Ruiz. “The willingness of Washingtonians to try new things allows us to push the envelope, focus on the evolution of cocktails and simply have fun and make a statement.”

Dirty Habit is a luxe restaurant and bar that offers a vivid social scene centered around expertly-crafted cocktails, an innovative social-plates menu, edgy design and an expansive urban patio. It is located at 555 8th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004, adjacent to the Hotel Monaco DC across from the Verizon Center. The restaurant and bar is open seven days a week and features private-dining services.”

  • Hill Denizen

    This name sounds like a sleazy nightclub that’s trying too hard. And seriously, “social plates”? Is that the new restaurant press release buzzword du jour?

    • ustreeter

      Agree — think the name it trashy, like a nun wearing a dirty habit. Social plates is enough to make me wretch along with an agave-focused spirts division. The whole “trying to be new and different” just leaves me cold.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      +1 – Seriously hate the name. I know opening a new place is tough and it’s even tougher to stand out in the DC crowd, but for the love of god, could someone just open a regular old bar and not try so damned hard? I realize that’s a big ask, but c’mon.

      • Hill Denizen

        For real. I’d imagine the bulk of this place’s business is probably going to come from a post-work happy hour crowd and tourists – both of which would be turned off by this kind of a name.

      • I don’t mind the name, but that sign has got to go.

    • Anon

      I thought the same (especially considering Poste was so classy).

      • textdoc


    • Brooklander

      Sorry kids, but the joyous decisions like selection of a name belong to the adventurer not mere spectators.

  • As a former Washingtonian now living in San Francisco, Dirty Habit is one of my favorite bars in all of SF. So I’m excited for my hometown to get to experience this place, in an awesome location, and make a few dirty habits of its own.

    • UStreetGal

      +1 Dirty Habit is a great place in San Fran. It’s not cheap at all- in vibe or price. Craft cocktails, good food, approachable but trendy atmosphere. Great addition to DC.

  • Nancy

    Too bad. I liked that “Poste” at least kept a nod to the building’s history.

  • Anonymous

    The space looks nice (not super dark) and they have a nice outdoor space. If prices are decent I think people will go for happy hour. The name does not appeal to me but ‘under 30 me’ would have be all over a place named Dirty Habit. If I were a tourist in Chinatown the name might make me curious enough to walk in.

  • ***

    I don’t understand the interiors at all. Is that a foot? and a reclaimed barn door? it’s like someone flipped through all the trendy design ideas from the last several years, put them in a blender, and out popped this mess. I also feel like the tongue-in-cheek name does not pair well with “luxe crafted cocktails” – Dirty Habit sounds like a dive bar.

    • anon

      Can’t you read? It’s EDGY dammit, EDGY!

  • eb

    Is “low-proof cocktail” just hipster for you will pay an obscene amount for something that doesn’t even get you drunk?

    • LittleBluePenguin



    The most important question–will they actually have a bathroom in the restaurant? Instead of having to walk up to the second floor guest room…

    • Q

      Ha. +1

  • MarkQ

    Poste had a great outdoor space that attracted the happy hour crowd in my nearby office. They could name it anything and we would hit it up. The only other option very close by is Penn Social.

  • social plates…just shoot me now please


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