DC Bar Will No Longer Serve “Pill Cosby” Cocktail

That was fast.

The Pill Cosby cocktail at Diet Starts Monday. Photograph via Twitter.

New DC pop-up bar/store Diet Starts Monday sparked outrage with a controversial cocktail: the “Pill Cosby,” a tequila drink garnished with empty pill capsules. Bill Cosby, whom the cocktail was named after, is currently standing trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting one of possibly 60 women.

It lets people be a little more aware,” co-founder Davin Gentry told Washingtonian of the drink, which was also designed to play into the bar/restaurant/retail shop’s diet theme. “We took it at first as a funny name.” 

Twitter users disagreed.


Yelpers weren’t amused either, pummeling the pop-up with one-star “reviews.”


Within a few hours, Diet Starts Monday removed the drink and offered an apology over Twitter.

Not everyone was appeased.

Guess it’s also “apologies start Monday.”

Update: the Diet Starts Monday owners reached out to Washingtonian with the following statement. 

“This drink was a one-time item – its inclusion as an offering of ours was in poor taste and we’ve taken all necessary steps to ensure it won’t happen again. We take full responsibility and apologize to anyone we offended. The allegations against Mister Cosby are serious and we in no way intended to make light of the pain surrounding his behavior. We rely on our community to help us guide everything we do. We appreciate all the feedback. This was a mistake, it will not be made again. We are sorry.

We’ve begun the process of reaching out to leaders in our community to teach us how to be better, and we value everyone’s thoughts.

Again, we are sorry for any pain this has caused and we’re working to do better.”

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.