From behind a blood-red bar, a TNT staffer presents the Thymes Like These—gin, Cocchi Americano, thyme-lime syrup, and kaffir-lime bitters—to her customer on a stool bearing the place’s winged-heart logo. As the woman takes a sip, her eyes widen and a smile spreads across her face.
Such moments are common at the bar inside the new outpost of the fish-and-chips restaurant Eamonn’s. Here, customers pick from a menu of libations by cocktail guru Todd Thrasher along with notable tenders from across the US. With Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong, Thrasher runs five restaurants around Alexandria, but he’s best known for the reservations-only, no-jeans-allowed speakeasy PX.
TNT is far less fussy. “If you have holey jeans and a V-neck T-shirt, come on in,” Thrasher says. He’s still serious about the cocktails, which are executed with the exactitude usually reserved for formal spots. It’s this mix of relaxed vibe and great drinks that makes TNT our favorite new bar this year.
TNT, 2413 Columbia Pike, Arlington; 703-920-0315.
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This article appears in the December 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.