Washington, DC

by Prince Of Petworth April 6, 2021 at 11:35 am 0

Cocktail and snack offerings at the Spritz Garden // Photo Credit- Maya Oren/MOJALVO

From a press release:

Columbia Room founder Derek Brown has been dreaming of an al fresco space dedicated to spritzes for a while now, mulling over a temporary popup at his Shaw cocktail bar or even at a separate location. When the pandemic hit, Columbia Room shifted to focus on outdoor-dining-only until Phase Three of reopening in DC, utilizing its current patio as well as an extended streatery area located in tucked-away Blagden Alley. With warmer weather arriving in Washington, it became clear that the Spritz Garden should set up shop there, providing another outdoor space for small, intimate groups of friends to safely visit bars and restaurants. “The space is meant for being outside with the sun shining, and the spritz is the perfect representation of that.”, says Brown. 

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by Prince Of Petworth December 17, 2020 at 8:45 am 0

Photo by Nick Karlin

From an email:

“With restaurants hit hard during the pandemic there’s never been a better time to shop small and local this holiday season. This year the Columbia Room, Washington, D.C.’s award-winning cocktail bar in Blagden Alley, offers holiday gift sets ideal for the home mixologist in your life.

Give the gift of cocktails with a choice between an Old Fashioned, Martini or Amero kit complete with the necessary ingredients and tools, as well as a recipe card with detailed directions. Each kit includes the following: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 9, 2020 at 11:35 am 0

Photo by Nicholas Karlin

From an email:

“The new menu, titled “10 Years of Columbia Room,” celebrates the restaurant’s 10th Anniversary with a curated selection of the team’s favorite Columbia Room drinks from the past decade.

Columbia Room owner Derek Brown, along with Beverage Manager Paul Taylor, Beverage Director JP Fetherston, and previous Head Bartender Suzy Critchlow, wanted to create a menu that pays homage the cocktail bar’s legacy and the immense feeling of pride for what they’ve created. Pulling from menus as early as its inception in 2010 (when it just was a ten-seat bar in the back of The Passenger), the “10 Years of Columbia Room” menu features four courses of cocktails from the bar’s storied past, including: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm 0

courtesy Columbia Room

From an email:

Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW) is set to debut the first tasting menu created by newly appointed Beverage Manager Paul Taylor on Tuesday, August 6. The menu, titled “So Bad, It’s Good,” pays homage to once-lowbrow drinks with high-low mashup creations that are simultaneously nostalgic and forward-thinking.

The So Bad, It’s Good menu features four courses, each presenting a re-imagined throwback cocktail alongside an equally imaginative food pairing from Columbia Room Culinary Director Johnny Spero.

Offerings include: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 14, 2018 at 4:15 pm 0

“Sound, stirred by tension and vibration outside of the bowl.” Photo by Farrah Skeiky.

From a press release:

“Drawing from four concepts that hold both literal and abstract values, Columbia Room’s four course Spring Tasting Room Menu Spectrum offers an interpretation of sound, color, flavor, and time through drink and food. Launching March 13th, guests will be able to experience these concepts brought to life by the Spirited Award-winning team. This menu continues the Columbia Room tradition of challenging guests’ perceptions and expectations about what a cocktail should be.

Spectrum Sound Cocktail Video

CR Spectrum Menu (PDF)

“What really drew me to the idea of ‘spectrum’ as a menu was the thrill and the challenge of conveying complex ideas like cymatics [sound vibrations] and the color spectrum through our drinks and dishes, in an understated way,” says JP Fetherston, Beverage Director. “We never intend for a theme to overshadow the cocktail or the dish, but the context it lends can elevate even the simplest of preparations.” (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 16, 2017 at 11:25 am 0

Penne and Clarity inspired by “Close to Nothing” (photo: Farrah Skeiky)

From a press release:

“Inspired by the upcoming exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden “What Absence Is Made Of,” the recently named “Best American Cocktail Bar,” Columbia Room, will launch a menu of the same name beginning October 17th. Offered in three and five course variations, each course plays on absence, memory, nostalgia, and change found in the Hirshhorn’s world class collection of modern and contemporary art.

Menu and more details after the jump. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 25, 2017 at 10:22 pm 0

Photo by Jennifer Mitchell Photography

From a press release:

“At this weekend’s Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans, Drink Company’s cocktail bar and tasting room Columbia Room won the coveted Best American Cocktail Bar category of the Spirited Awards. The award was received by Drink Company President Derek Brown, CEO Angie Fetherston, and Columbia Room Head Bartender JP Fetherston. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 6, 2017 at 10:00 am 4 Comments

'Coq Au Vin' from the Columbia Room Spring 2017 tasting menu (Photo by Farrah Skeiky)
Photo by Farrah Skeiky

From a press release:

“Spring is undoubtedly in the air at James Beard Award-nominated Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW), which launches its new Spring 2017 tasting menu today. Known for its elaborately themed and executed cocktail and food pairing menus, Columbia Room will take guests on a culinary jaunt to France via its “Paris in Spring” seasonal menu.

“I have been twice to Paris in the springtime, and I was able to tap into to some of those memories: the bite that’s still in the air and the cafés and sidewalk tables populated with endless Parisians drinking coffee and wine, eating simple dishes and conversing,” says head bartender JP Fetherston. “I also remember the energy in the air, as if the sun and the warmth were giving everyone and everything a bit more zip. We tried to channel all of these things and more, and to widen our view to all things French by using ingredients and ideas from across that beautiful country.”

'Into Great Silence' from the Columbia Room Spring 2017 tasting menu (Photo by Farrah Skeiky)
Photo by Farrah Skeiky

Fetherston’s new cocktail creations for Spring include “Into Great Silence,” made with green chartreuse, jus vert, fino sherry, orgeat, lemon and grapefruit and “La Ballade de Paris,” a mix of pommeau, sweetgrass, peychaud’s, trash cordial (a cordial made from garnish trimmings like citrus husks and mint stems), cream and egg white.

Columbia Room Spring 2017 menus (PDF)

There are new food offerings on the Spring tasting menu as well from executive chef Johnny Spero, who collaborated with Fetherston on Columbia Room’s signature three- and five-course pairings. Spero’s spring peas come with jambon and tendrils, while his “Coq Au Vin” brings together chicken skin, mushroom and red wine. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments

The Columbia Room, Washington, DC
Audrey Saunders (“Earl Grey Marteani”) Photo by Scott Suchman

From a press release:

“ames Beard Award-nominated Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW) will pay tribute to the women who have shaped the culinary world — Alice Waters, Ann Tuennerman, Julie Reiner and more — with cocktails and dishes inspired by a distinguished group of iconic female bartenders and chefs. In other words: women who rule.

columbia-room-winter-2017-menu (PDF)

The new winter menu launches Tuesday, January 10 in Columbia Room’s signature Tasting Room, known for its innovative three- and five-course cocktail-and-food pairings and luxurious ambiance. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm 2 Comments

501 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Paying homage to one of the most iconic bartending films – “Cocktail” – The Royal in LeDroit Park is flashing back to the 1980s for the latest installment of its monthly “Royal Knights” spirits exploration series, complete with the decade’s most infamous drinks – sans Tom Cruise but with plenty of flair. On Monday, December 12, guest bartenders Will Alvarez and Jake Kenny of renowned cocktail bar Columbia Room, along with The Royal’s former beverage director Horus Alvarez, who is returning to DC for just one night, will shake up their own spins on charmingly tacky film-inspired drinks of the 80s from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“Cocktail” has inspired a generation of professional bartenders for the last 30 years. And “Royal Knights” will resurrect this bygone era, as Will Alvarez, Jake Kenny and Horus Alvarez take guests back in time to the age of flair bartending. The menu features eight cocktails (all $8), inspired by everything from the first drink Cruise is asked to make (the Cuba Libre), Cruise’s go-to hangover cure (the Red Eye), Tiki culture, and of course, many of the decade’s infamous cocktails such as the Sex On The Beach, Long Island Iced Tea, Appletini and Midori Sour.

Will and Jake, who bartend at the award-winning Columbia Room, have collaborated on the following cocktails: (more…)


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