Thursday, November 20, 2014

DC Chinatown: Happy Hour at District Chophouse

Last week some coworkers and I headed to District Chophouse for happy hour before the CAPS game. We got there on 4 on a Friday and got the last table in the bar area that held more than 2 people. By 5/530 this place was packed.

Cocktails were on happy hour for $6 so we made sure to take advantage and try a variety of them. The initial favorite was Gary’s Shandy (not sure the official ingredients but it included beer, gin and grapefruit juice). I know it sounds like an odd combo but it was ridiculously delicious. My coworkers all tried it and we agreed it was the favorite. However for our last round of the night we all ordered it and they put WAY too much beer in it. Bleh. Other drinks ordered were the Geisha – very fresh but absolutely no hint of sake/wasabi like the description suggests, the Spice Orange and Cinnamon Martini – the perfect fall/winter cocktail, however it was very strong and took me awhile to drink. My other coworkers ordered the Cosmo, the One Martini and the Margarita. All were happy with their choices.
We also tried and assortment of the food happy hour specials (all $7): Chophouse Brown Ale Meatballs, Shaved Prime Rib Sliders, BBQ Chicken Flatbread and BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders. My favorite was the Chophouse Brown Ale Meatballs – I really enjoyed the sauce (although one coworker thought it was a little too sweet) and the caramelized onions on top. None of the appetizers were standout but they did their job (or would have had we ordered more…whoops!).
Their service was slacking – even before it got busy. Appetizer specials were just ok, but the drink specials were on point. Most of the drinks we ordered were made well and delicious except for the last round of the Shandy’s, which were pretty bad.

Would I come back? Sure, like I’ve mentioned before, I really like it when places have happy hours that include things other than rail drinks - $6 is pretty good for specialty cocktails.

509 7th Street NW
Washington DC
China Town
Gallery Place Metro red/yellow lines 
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