Instead of closing for winter, Garden District is channeling Munich—a Bavarian land that loses its collective mind over Christmas.
Starting Friday, the 14th Street NW outdoor bar will transform into a Christmas beer garden and holiday market complete with 10,000 twinkling lights, a quarter mile of tinsel, and enough propane heaters to keep things comfortable.
In addition to the German beers guests usually hoist at beer garden, there will be winter cocktails like eggnog shots, “Office Party Punch,” “Blitzen’s Blitzed Hot Cider,” and “Miracle on 14th Street Mulled Wine.”
Garden District will also be selling Christmas trees, but remember don’t drink and try to bring a piney new friend home on Metro. YEAH, that happened.
On weekends, there will be a holiday market tent with gifts for sale from local vendors, including terrariums from Sill Life, Pierre Bowring’s blown glass, and Lenora Yerkes comics and paintings. The crafts will be on sale Friday nights and Saturdays and Sundays during the day.
If last year’s Miracle on Seventh Street (“Christmas Bar”) at Mockingbird Hill is any indication, you’ll want to arrive early to get seats. Note: Miracle on Seventh Street is back this year, now at all three of Derek Brown’s bars on 7th Street. It debuts the same day—Friday, Nov. 25.
Visit Garden District Tuesdays through Fridays from 5 p.m. to close and Saturdays and Sundays starting at noon. The last day of operation will be Dec. 18, and then the beer garden will go on winter break until it re-opens in March.
Garden District, 1801 14th St. NW; gardendistrictdc.com