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Washington, D.C.

Truxton Inn

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Mon - Wed: 5pm - 2am
  • Mon - Wed: 5pm - 2am
  • Thurs - Fri: 4pm - 3am
  • Sat: 4pm - 2am
  • Sun: 3pm - 2am

A cozy neighborhood bar with an open-air layout conducive to conversation with friends and strangers alike. Creatively themed cocktails, fresh ingredients, and an expansive spirit list make for a great cocktail and an even better environment to relax.

OUR ARTICLE

BY: Philip Van Benthem Contributing writer

So, a pediatric oncologist, a gay Republican from New York, and a human rights advocacy lawyer all walk into a bar… sounds like the beginning of a good joke, right? It’s not, it’s just an average night at Truxton Inn – where the libations are only as interesting as the people who drink them.

As hard as the Truxton Inn tries with its antiquated library vibe, cozy and random assortments of furniture, and apt mood lighting, it will never truly have its own personality solely because of the people who call it “my local bar”. These aren’t people who are looking to be defined by a space, they’re the ones defining the space with their stories, their backgrounds, and their wide-open minds. It’s a place where you can find yourself secluded in a nook or corner, or perched prominently at the crows nest view of a bar. Open spaces beget open minds, and if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself knee-deep in a conversation with someone you’ve never met.

In an age where social interaction can be measured by likes and shares, Truxton Inn is an anomaly.

Like the patrons, the bartenders are well versed in the repartee. They can dish a spiel about the merits of foreign aid to Yemen as well as they can ad hoc a mezcal cocktail with yellow chartreuse and tiki bitters. It’s as though they’re trained in making a guest feel like a friend at Thanksgiving dinner first, and drink-making second. That’s not to say the drinks are subpar in any way. An expansive spirit list is complemented by a new drink menu every two months. The month this was written, it was a Hitchcock theme with drinks like Vertigo – a mezcal drink dyed with Butterfly Pea flower, and “The Birds” – an egg white and maple syrup whiskey sours. These potion parodies make for a drink as appealing to the eye as it is to the pallet. That all coupled with a charcuterie board or flavored popcorn, and you’re in for an indulgence of the mouth and mind.

In an age where social interaction can be measured by likes and shares, Truxton Inn is an anomaly. A neighborhood bar with creative cocktails and sage bartenders, come for a first date, come for the badinage, come for new friends, come again for old friends, too.

 

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