This jazzy lounge, adjacent to Peter Smith’s Modern American dining room, already wooed us with snacks such as tuna sliders with white-miso aïoli and miniature house-made hot dogs. But it recently landed another big draw: Gina Chersevani, the sass-talking bartender with a fan-club-like following. Her drinks favor infused rums, bourbons, and fresh juices. We like two recent additions: the “Yes We Can”ton, a gingery flute of pineapple juice and Cava, and the Situation Rum, like Hawaiian Punch gone glam. During the weekday happy hour from 4 to 7, cocktails are $10, with a rotating special $4, and Miller Lite or Yuengling (depending on the night) is $3.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.