LivingSocial is opening a speakeasy at 918 F St. NW. Every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., beginning tomorrow, the daily deal company will open up the basement bar of its event space to the public for cocktails and bar bites.

And like an old-school speakeasy, you’ll need a password to enter. This weekend, that password is “get your wiggle on,” but it will change weekly. LivingSocial will announce new passwords on its 918 F Street Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Founding Farmers mixologist Jon Arroyo designed the drink menu, which includes cocktails like the “Suffering Bastard” with 209 Gin, Buffalo trace, lime juice ginger, bitters, and soda or the “Knickerbacker Royale” with Ron Matusalem Rum, raspberries, lemon juice, bitters, Patron Citronage, Sparkling Wine. (See the full cocktail list below.) Drinks will range from $6-12. And, no, there’s not a cover fee. (Which means there won’t be a LivingSocial deal for 50 percent off the cover fee.)

The food is pretty basic for now: chips and guacamole, a pita and veggie platter, spinach dip, a fruit and cheese platter, queso sticks, and spring rolls. 918 F Street general manager Rob Hannigan says there’s talk about having a local chef create a food menu in the future. Also, look for live music down the line.


918 Cobbler

Aged Rum, lemon, lime, pineapple, falernum, ginger syrup, bitter

Knickerbocker Royale

Ron Matusalem Rum, raspberries, lemon juice, bitters, Patron Citronage, Sparkling Wine

Bourbon Buck

Makers Mark, House-made Ginger ale

Organic Sour

Prarie Organic Vodka, lime juice, egg white, bitters

El Papa Doble

Milagro Reposado, grapefruit juice, lime juice, Maraschino

Vieux Carre

Rittenhouse Rye, Pierre Ferrand, Benedictine, Cynar, bitters

Pan American Clipper

Laird’s Applejack Brandy, lime juice, house-made grenadine, absinthe rinse

Suffering Bastard

209 Gin, Buffalo Trace, lime juice, ginger, bitters, soda


Rittenhouse Rye 100, Pierre Ferrand 1840, Pernod Absinthe, Bitters

Photo courtesy of LivingSocial