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1201 U Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Opened in February 2016
Tue-Thu 5pm-2am
Fri-Sat 5pm-3am
Sun 5pm-2am
closed Mondays
(202) 627-0794

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by 71 people



Everyone You
Decor 6.9
Drink Quality 8.2
Drink Selection 8.2
Food Quality 8.4
Food Selection 7.5
Mood 6.5
Music 7.5
Service 8.1
Tikiness 7.1
Tilt 7.3
Vibe 6.9

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Humuhumu’s description

Archipelago opened in Washington, DC in February 2016. The bar's owners collected bits and bobs of Polynesian Pop in preparation for opening the bar, including a shrine to Magnum, PI. The focus is on cocktails, including both classics and modern inventions, but there is a small menu of food, as well. The decor includes a painted mural with palm scenes, and some thatch and lauhala touches.


Luau Lili
Luau Lili has visited Archipelago.
July 12, 2019, 3:07 PM
I loved this place! Me and a couple of non-tiki friends visited on a Tuesday evening, The downstairs decor is pretty good. It was pretty crowded so we sat outside on the lovely patio. The drinks and food were excellent!
We were fortunate to have Katie as our server and she was talkin’ tiki and showing us the available mugs. The new signature mug is very nice.
Then, the best part of the visit.... we were given a tour of the upstairs area. Wow! I sure wish we were going to be in DC on Friday or Saturday. I definitely recommend Archipelago for fun and tikiness.
JRCX has visited Archipelago.
June 28, 2019, 8:47 PM
The Lost Island Tiki Speakeasy is on a whole other level. I wish it had a separate rating aside from downstairs because with the exception of the food it would easily be a 9.7 of all the places I’ve ever been.
UnreachableShelf has visited Archipelago.
June 24, 2019, 7:01 PM
I can't speak for the second floor; it wasn't open the day I went and, since when I checked the reservation calendar it appears they never accept reservations for one, I don't know if they would have been willing to seat me there even if it had been open.

I didn't get the regular experience even on the first floor, as it happened that the evening I could get over there from my convention was a "Crabs and Coladas" event, so the regular food menu was not available. A disappointment since I had my heart set on the sliders, but what was on the event menu was good, if not what I'd normally expect from a tiki bar. The bar area itself was already crowded and loud fifteen minutes after opening for the event, so I grabbed a table. There wasn't a lot of tiki decor in the main area, but my Mai Tai was good and came in a tiki mug, and the service was good. I'd probably go back and try the regular food if another opportunity came up.
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