We get to the Gibson and Tiffany is busy, but not so busy that she can’t mix us up some drinks. It’s kind of a slow night over there and we’re happy not to have to eat a damn thing. This is a newer place in DC (brand new – opened in 2008) and it respects the cocktail. It’s very similar to Drink in Boston in the ingredients they use and the atmosphere they’re intending to create. The Gibson is a dimly lit speakeasyesque bar that used to lock the front door, but has been prohibited from doing that due to fire codes. Definitely added that air of exclusivity. Today, with grates on the windows and a sign no more than an inch and a half long, you’re going to have trouble finding it if you don’t know what you’re looking for, but when you get in, you stay.
That’s my biggest regret about this stop, not being able to hang out and relax. One thing that I noticed is that there was not a lot of mingling. This is definitely not a singles bar. You come here with a group of friends and you grab a seat and prepare to be wowed by the cocktail list. There’s conversation and the drink – no intrusions of any kind, just you, your friends, and great liquor.
I get a Cricketer, a purely alcoholic Dark and Stormy, and save pure scotch, it’s unequivocally the best all-liquor drink since a top-shelf Godfather I made myself at a friend’s place in 2007. I need the recipe. The Gibson is going to take the Favorite Bar award for 24 in 24: DC. A great concept executed thoroughly and no more. I’ll be back.
Let’s go check out the selection at The Brickskeller.
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