Great Bars 2013: Ambar
Comments () | Published March 17, 2013
75 Great Bars (2013)

Address: 523 Eighth St., SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-813-3039
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Southeast
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 AM to 11 PM; Friday 11 AM to Midnight; Saturday 10 AM to 12 AM; Sunday 10 AM to 11 AM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Eastern Market
Noise Level: Chatty
Best Dishes White-veal soup; leek croquettes; panko-crusted pepper; bread basket; cheese pie; mushroom crepes; veal stew; Parmesan-crusted sirloin; Forest Gnocchi; Four Chocolates dessert.
Price Details: Small plates $6 to $16.
Happy Hour Details:
4 to 7.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Try something new at this two-level Barracks Row storefront where modern accents are juxtaposed with rustic wood walls that recall corn-storage barns—called ambar—that dot the Serbian countryside. The staff mixes riffs on classic cocktails that make great use of rakia, fruit brandies that are household staples in the Balkans. Complementing hearty small plates such as Parmesan-crusted sirloin and slow-cooked veal shank are new-to-us wines including Tamjanika, a fruity white grown in several southeastern European countries. Insider tip: Having trouble choosing a cocktail? We love the Sofia, a Negroni variation with apricot brandy, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Open daily.

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