New Bar Alert: Rebellion DC

A historically minded watering hole for the Dupont/Adams Morgan area.

Adams Morgan has seen a decent amount of restaurant movement lately, what with the looming exit of stalwarts like Mixtec and Pasta Mia and the opening of new spots such as Roofers Union. Next to join the new arrivals is Rebellion DC, a self-described neighborhood spot opening on the border of AdMo and Dupont at 1826 18th Street, Northwest. The address most recently housed pan-Asian eatery Mum Mum, formerly called Zabb Modern Asian.

The name of the bar stems from the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, which pitted farmer-distillers against the government after treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton introduced a tax on farms producing whiskey from excess grain and corn. Naturally, the bar will sport the namesake spirit; a Facebook page for the watering hole details plans to stock more than 50 varieties. Though the bar’s claim to be “second to none in the Dupont Circle neighborhood” for its brown liquor collection is dubious (um, Jack Rose?), the goal seems to be for more of an “everyday public house” feel than a whiskey mecca. To that effect you’ll find American tavern decor, Southern-inspired comfort fare, and a rooftop patio for sipping drinks in warmer weather. Stay tuned for more details and a possible spring opening.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.