Date Night Solved: The Dabney Now Has a Basement Wine Bar

Find 30 wines by the glass and a raw bar in the candlelit den
Date Night Solved: The Dabney Now Has a Basement Wine Bar
The Dabney Cellar serves 30 wines by the glass in a 30-seat bar. Photography by Andrew Cebulka.

It’s been a good year for wine bars in DC, between Maxwell Park in Shaw, Primrose in Brookland, and Dio on H Street Northeast. Here’s one more to add to your list: The Dabney Cellar, a 30-seat drinking den in the basement of chef Jeremiah Langhorne‘s Mid-Atlantic restaurant.

The subterranean Blagden Alley spot, which previously used to store the kitchen’s pickling jars, has a more “casual vibe” than The Dabney, says Langhorne.

A daiquiri with Hamilton Black Jamaican Rum, Angostora amarao, and lime

His business partner Alex Zink curated a European-leaning, small producer-heavy list of 30 wines by the glass. You’ll also find a handful of ciders, beers, and cocktails, including a mezcal negroni and daiquiri.

A chalkboard will list a daily changing selection of shellfish and oysters from the raw bar, plus local charcuterie and cheeses. The small menu will also include snacks such as a foie gras parfait, a marinated kale salad, or clam and white bean toast.

The Dabney Cellar. 1222 9th St., NW. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 6 PM to 12 AM. 

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Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.