The Summer Drinking Quarterfinals: Republic vs. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Who will go on to the semifinals tomorrow?

Jack Rose (pictured) opens up its terrace for summer, and takes on Takoma Park's Republic in the last quarterfinals round. Photograph courtesy of Jack Rose.

Welcome to the last round of the Summer Drinking quarterfinals! Yesterday Denizens Brewing Co. went up against Dacha Beer Garden, and booted the Bavarian bar out of the competition. Who will Denizens go up against in the semifinals? We’ll see when the polls close today.

The last quarterfinals matchup is fight between giants. On the one side we have Jack Rose Dining Saloon, equipped with two outdoor spaces—an open-air terrace and pop-up summer tiki bar—and the largest whiskey collection in the Western Hemisphere. On the other side there’s Republic, a member of Jeff Black’s restaurant empire. The funky Takoma Park spot may be smaller in space than JR, but it’s armed with a rebellious spirit—there’s a drink called the Fascist Killer, after all—and a alleyway patio that attracts crowds looking to slurp oysters and drink local beers during the day, and catch live tunes at night.

Republic draws crowds to its alleyway patio with fresh-shucked oysters, local beers, and live tunes. Photograph via Facebook.

So which bar should go on to the semifinals? Vote until 5 to decide.

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.