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D.C. To-Go: Cocktails & Coffee

The heartbeat of the district’s social scene, our sisters and brothers in the bar, restaurant and coffee industries, are bottling up some feel-good vibes to keep your spirits buzzed.


BY: Andrew Williams Contributing writer

Here’s a roadmap to help you navigate this bizarro reality, with takeout and delivery options of craft cocktail recipes and premium bean from a few of our favorite local haunts. #202together …


El Chucho

The taqueria and bar’s signature turquoise, yellow and black checkered color palette is a longtime fixture of the Columbia Heights neighborhood. Bright colors aren’t the only thing luring in regulars to El Chucho— they make one hell of a margarita and unstoppable tacos. Just our luck, they are packaging this mouthwatering duo, along with Bocadillos, Burritos y Enchiladas, and gift cards for pick-up. The fast-selling Blood Orange Habanero Marg hurts so good.

Pro Tip: Tecate Tallboys, cause the days are long

Open 11:30 am – 9 pm, Monday – Sunday

Little Coco’s

Little Coco’sto-go is rocking with gift cards and full menu, including pizza pies and Cacio e Pepe (we could subsist for weeks on this one dish), Basil Gimlets, and Black Old Fashioneds. A Black Old Fashioned? Glad you asked: Amaro Averna/Bourbon/Angostura Bitters and a Brandied Cherry. Do yourself a favor, stop by for some ridiculously good (channeling our inner Derek Zoolander) carryout pasta and a bold riff on a classic cocktail.

Pro-Tip: Cannolis and Chili Honey Garlic Lemon Wings. Also, there’s an Orange, Cardamom & Ginger House Made Soda

Open 11:30 am – 9 pm, Monday – Sunday

McClellan’s Retreat

Home to one of the best Happy Hour Old Fashioneds this side of the Potomac, the McClellan’s Retreat team has seamlessly pivoted their operations to offer to-go popcorn, chips, beer, wine, gift cards and of course cocktails. Our rec on the cocktail front, The Tipperary: Jameson Irish Whiskey/Green Chartreuse/Cocchi Vermouth di Torino and Angostura Bitters. Oh, and there’s a Tiki Tuesday Kit available…Tiki torches sold separately. Guarantee your order for the day, by submitting it to [email protected] by 4 pm.

Pro Tip: The Jalapeno Cheddar Popcorn is bomb

Open 5 pm – 8 pm, Wed. – Saturday

Morris American Bar

Morris American Bar sure knows how to class up a neighborhood. We wouldn’t expect anything different from their shaken and stirred takeout and the delivery menu of weekly cocktails. The star of the show, if you’re inquiring, is the “Afternoon Snooze”: Illegal Mezcal/Milagros Silver Tequila/Pineapple/Lime/Honey and Hot Sauce. That’s a drop-the-mic recipe

Pro-Tip: Order the “Island Old Fashioned” with rum, if you’re dreaming of a tropical getaway.

Open 4pm – 9pm, Wed. – Saturday

The Passenger/Left Door

We’re all on this wild ride together. The Passenger, a laidback and revered neighborhood watering hole, known for on tap green and yellow chartreuse, is partnering with Left Door to offer an extensive snack, food, and drink takeout and delivery menu. The“Sunshine & Flowers”: Hayman’s London Dry Gin/Cappelletti Vino Aperetivo and C. Comoz Vermouth Blanc and the “Love Your Neighborhood”: legal Mezcal/Amaro de Chile and Chipotle Maple Syrup are just what the doctor ordered – that and staying home (seriously).

Pro-Tip: Full bottles of spirits, including rosy gin, are available. Time to stop putting off building up that bar. We also spy pork cheek chili nachos and duck confit tacos – preach.

Open 12pm – 7pm, Wed. – Saturday


Colada Shop

D.C.’s favorite Cuban café, Colada Shop, is spicing up weary weekdays and weekends with to-go café items – Havana Coffee, cold brew, croquetas, and empanadas are available for takeout and delivery via UberEats, Postmates, Grubhub, and Caviar. Colada’s weekly Havana Nightscan’t return soon enough, until then we’ll take all the Cubanos you can serve up!

Pro-Tip: Peep the Cocktail Pouch 4-Pack + 4 Empanadas Combinations

Open 9 am – 7 pm, Monday – Friday

Compass Coffee

D.C.-born Compass Coffee, spawned by two military veterans, is open for business at 4 locations with carryout custom drip and cold brew options. You also can order tins of their bean online.

Pro-Tip: You also can snag their house-made Simple Sanitizer.

1535 7thSt. NW: 8 am – 2 pm (Monday – Friday) and 8 am – 4 pm (Weekends)
1921 8thSt. NW: 8 am – 2 pm (Monday – Friday) and 8 am – 4 pm (Weekends)
4850 Massachusetts Ave.: 8 am – 2 pm (Monday – Friday) and 8 am – 4 pm (Weekends)
1351 Wisconsin Ave.: 8 am – 2 pm (Monday – Friday) and 8 am – 4 pm (Weekends)


Slipstream, with locations in the Logan Circle and the Capital Waterfront areas, is enabling the District’s caffeine consumption cravings a cup at a time. A gem of the local independent coffee shop culture, the roastery’s creativity hasn’t been curtailed by scaled back operations – custom recipes like Tahitian Vanilla Latte, Dark Chocolate Mocha and Espresso Tonic are still available. Brunch items, sandwiches, lattes, and nitro iced coffee can be delivered to your door via Caviar. The shop also has a market/pantry section.

Pro-Tip: Blood Orange Scones! Yea, we’re intrigued too…

Open 7 am – 2 pm, Monday – Friday and 8 am – 3 pm, Sat. and Sunday

The Wydown Coffee Bar

The Wydown Coffee Bar, one of our favorite pitstops along the hurried 14thstreet corridor (with a second location in the H Street NE neighborhood), is still bringing that can’t miss coffee, including to-go mochas, chai lattes, scones, and muffins. Bingo. Pick-up is contact-less.

Pro Tip: Full bottles of spirits and wine are available at the H Street location, and a limited selection of dairy-based groceries are offered at both locations.

Open 8 am – 12 pm, Monday – Friday and 8 am – 2 pm, Sat. and Sunday



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