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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.
Aged Rum, lemon, lime, pineapple, falernum, ginger syrup, bitter
Ron Matusalem Rum, raspberries, lemon juice, bitters, Patron Citronage, Sparkling Wine
Makers Mark, House-made Ginger ale
Prarie Organic Vodka, lime juice, egg white, bitters
El Papa Doble
Milagro Reposado, grapefruit juice, lime juice, Maraschino
Rittenhouse Rye, Pierre Ferrand, Benedictine, Cynar, bitters
Pan American Clipper
Laird’s Applejack Brandy, lime juice, house-made grenadine, absinthe rinse
209 Gin, Buffalo Trace, lime juice, ginger, bitters, soda
Rittenhouse Rye 100, Pierre Ferrand 1840, Pernod Absinthe, Bitters
Photo courtesy of LivingSocial