Only in Washington would you combine creative cocktails and the US Patent and Trademark Office. For those seeking good times and inventor-themed environs, Trademark is officially open in Alexandria.
Attached to the Westin Hotel in the area’s Carlyle District, the airy bar and restaurant feels more like a downtown drinking spot than lobby lounge. Helming the bar is Christopher Bassett, an alum of the notable cocktail lounge PX and Virtue Feed & Grain. Cocktails run classic—there’s a Jack Rose on the list, along with a Corpse Reviver and a Vesper—though Bassett riffs on a number of the boozy concoctions. In place of a pisco sour, you’ll find the Peruvian liquor mixed with lemon juice and house-made pineapple syrup and then served up in a martini glass; the Old Fashioned here is themed for the Old Dominion with Jefferson’s Reserve Whiskey and pomegranate juice. (Drink-time fun fact: Thomas Jefferson grew pomegranates on the Monticello estate). You’ll also find Virginia brews like Port City on draft.
Foodwise, there are plenty of pub-style eats from British-born chef Matthew Miller. You might pair that bourbon with an order of fried pickles or “bacon candy”: sweet-smoky glazed pork on a stick. Or try one of the heartier options, such as Bass-ale-battered fish and chips with thick-cut fries, or the pork and beans: a grilled chop over baked legumes with crispy onions. There’s also a whole section devoted to over-the-top mac and cheeses. We’re fans of the Cuban, a pasta version of the popular sandwich, studded with ham and bacon and topped with a mustard crumb and those fried pickles.
Trademark. 2080 Jamieson Ave., Alexandria; 703-253-8640. Open Monday through Friday 6:30 AM to 11 PM, Saturday 11 AM to midnight.