- 2408 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, DC, 20007
- Overall User Rating:
- (3 ratings)
- Open Tue.-Sat.
Wisconsin Avenue has a boozy new kid on the block in the form of Gin & Tonic. Located in the spot previously inhabited by the now defunct Grog and Tankard, the newest watering hole kept the G&T initials, but otherwise couldn’t be further from the former music venue’s vibe if it tried. Where Grog and Tankard was easy-going, relaxed and ready to play some tunes, Gin & Tonic is a place to see and be seen. Is change a good thing? Read on.
Drinks: Being new, for the time being, Gin & Tonic is serving up your typical bottled beers, drafts, and mixed drinks. And based on their name, one would expect some special gins and gin drinks to be available and thankfully the tavern boasts a collection of premium gins. And stay tuned, as wine and upscale bourbon lists should be hitting the bar soon.
Food: They're a bit on the pricey side, but Gin & Tonic is definitely serving up some yummy eats, with pub grub appetizers like nachos and wings, and a whole array of empanadas. And what tavern wouldn’t be complete without sliders, which Gin & Tonic has plenty of, along with various normal burgers to satisfy your cravings. (Update: Gin & Tonic now serves Southern fare from their neighboring restaurant Kitchen 2404.)
Decor: While Grog and Tankard had that local "rocker-cool" vibe to it with pool tables and stage lighting, the new digs couldn’t be more different. Warm woods and high top tables line the walls, and televisions are placed strategically around the bar for best viewing options. The lighting is low, but not so low that you’ll be bumping into things on your walks around the bar. And with the tables all off to the side, there is a good-sized open space in the middle that we can presume is there for when all the gin and tonics leading to some serious dancing.
Crowd: If you're young, hip and trendy and live in Glover Park, then you will most likely feel at home in Gin & Tonic.
Insider Tips: Gin & Tonic recently expanded their hours from weekends to seven days a week, so you can now get your drink on in Glover Park all week long -- and even earlier on weekends, when the tavern opens for brunch.
Service: If you can squeeze your way up to the bar and catch one of the bartender’s eyes, you’re golden. If that doesn't seem possible, we’ve always found waving your credit card around erratically will get their attention. But maybe that’s just us.
Sounds: Gone is the music-centric atmosphere of Grog and Tankard. When a good game is on, the only sounds you'll hear at Gin & Tonic are the dulcet tones of sportscasters, accompanied by the highs and lows of cheering sports fans in the bar. But when it’s late and no sports are to be found, expect to hear some of the latest Top 40 hit perfect for dancing, mixed in with some old favorite rump shakers.
The Damage: Cheap night out this will not be. Our G&Ts set us back $7 each and the food prices is on the higher side, so make sure your wallet is stocked with enough cash and/or credit cards to get you through.
Dress Code: While lunch and weeknights are a little more casual, this is neither the time nor the place where you want to simply roll out of bed and head to the bar on a Saturday night. Guys can get away pretty easily with the khakis/polo look, but sorry girls, you’re going to have to stick to the latest fashions. That cute dress you bought but weren’t sure where you’d wear it? Wear it to Gin & Tonic. Those skinny jeans and metallic heels? Gin & Tonic. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.
Bottom Line: Wisconsin Ave. already has a host of local bars and restaurants, but the friendly neighborhood vibe and somewhat relaxed atmosphere at Gin & Tonic are definitely welcome. The prices could be more reasonable, but given the crowd they're trying to attract it fits the bill.