8 Dark and Stormy Cocktails You Should Be Drinking Now

Tasty and weather-appropriate.

Dark and Stormy, our favorite foul weather drink. Photograph via Flickr user cityfoodsters.

Hurricane Joaquin may barrel down on the District this weekend, and in the meantime the forecast is dark and stormy (and we’re not just talking weather). We love a good Dark and Stormy cocktail—dark rum, spicy ginger beer, a squeeze of fresh lime—for warming the spirits and stomach. Here’s where to order your next round.

The Argonaut Tavern

1433 H St., NE

Head to this laid-back Atlas District joint for a well-made Stormy, which has been touted as the house drink since 2005.

The Fainting Goat

1330 U St. NW

This U Street pub’s version, Not so Dark, a Little Stormy, may sound like wishful thinking during a hurricane. Regardless, the combination of 12-year aged rum, house ginger soda, and kaffir lime is well worth a try.

Cafe Saint-Ex

1847 14th St., NW

14th Street drinkers can duck into this cozy bistro, and ask the bartender for a Dark and Stormy made with spice-forward Fentimans ginger beer.

Bourbon Steak

2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

In the mood for a nonalcoholic version of the classic? One of our favorite mocktails in town is the West Indian Limeade, a refreshing sip with lime, ginger syrup, bitters, and sparkling water. The bar will spike it with rum if you ask nicely.

Drafting Table

1529 14th St., NW

The name of this casual 14th Street watering hole makes you think beer, but the bar serves a tasty version dubbed Storm Noir, made with Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum and served in a copper mug.

Founding Farmers

Locations in Downtown DC; Potomac, MD; Tysons Corner, VA

Barman Jon Arroyo covers the classics, including a Dark and Stormy made the old fashioned way: Goslings black seal rum, ginger beer, and lime.


2519 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Both a Hurricane and Dark and Stormy are on the menu at this New Orleans-themed bar restaurant, so you’ll have plenty of options to get through the squall. Save the whiskey pickle-backs for when conditions turn dire.

Liberty Tavern

3195 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Conquer the storm in Arlington like a king with a classic Dark and Stormy, served in a goblet.