Welcome back to the Summer Drinking Showdown! Yesterday was a close match between two great neighborhood spots, DC Reynolds and Republic, but ultimately the people spoke and chose the latter. We’ll see the Takoma Park bar in the next round.
Today’s lineup aims high: Jack Rose Dining Saloon‘s open-air terrace and summer tiki bar goes up against the island-inspired roof deck at Whitlow’s on Wilson. Jack caters to serious brown liquor enthusiasts—their whiskey collection is the largest in the Western Hemisphere—but keeps it casual for summertime with sangria on the open-air terrace. Their pop-up tiki bar launches this week, where barkeeps pour rum punches on weekend nights, and during Thursday tiki happy hour from 5 to 7:30. Whitlow’s also offers a touch of tiki on their tropically-themed rooftop, which hosts a generous happy hour from 4 to 9 on Wednesdays and Fridays, and attracts a crowd of Arlington’s young professionals looking to unwind.
So where would you rather sip a cold cocktail and dream of paradise? Let us know in the polls, which close at 5.