A DC Library You Don’t Want to Miss

a sign on a building

I had been hearing about Jack Rose in DC for awhile, but finally had a reason to make it up to Adams Morgan. The fringe of Adams Morgan actually, one block up from a good Ethiopian Restaurant and next to Meat in a Box (cue Justin Timberlake song). Pulling up I wasn’t immediately impressed.  But I also didn’t know that Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s modern, minimalist exterior hides a pretty impressive interior.

a building with a sign on the front

Of whiskey.

a bar with many bottles of alcohol

a restaurant with many shelves of liquor

Whether you’re an afficianado or just a fan, this is a great place to go. Not only do they have over 2,390 bottles of whiskey on the wall from around the world (including Maryland),  their staff are really knowledgeable and can expertly guide you to some new favorites based on your preferences.

a wooden folders on a table

a menu in a binder

Or you can peruse their giant  Whiskey Book on your own. And if you can afford it, this is the perfect place to try some high end options without investing in a whole bottle.

And good news for wine lovers like me. They have a small but decently priced selection of bottles and the happy hour selections aren’t bad.

a menu with a price list

a label with a black ribbon

a menu of a bar food

I recommend getting there early on a Friday or the weekend. At 5 there was plenty of room at the bar, by 6 it was several people deep. They also have a semi-heated open air porch upstairs which I think will be perfect for spring and fall.

a patio with chairs and tables

a room with tables and chairs

Apparently there’s a reservation only speakeasy area in the basement that I hope to check out next time I’m there.

And if you get there too early, see if you can be squeezed in for a shave or cut at Wise Owl Club, supposedly one of the top barbershops in DC. Folks line up around the block to get in line before they open at 11.


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