Archipelago

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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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Archipelago

7.4

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10

Detail
Everyone You
Decor 6.7
Drink Quality 8.1
Drink Selection 7.9
Food Quality 8.4
Food Selection 7.1
Mood 6.4
Music 7.4
Service 8
Tikiness 7
Tilt 7.2
Vibe 6.7

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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.

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Sdduuuude
Sdduuuude has visited Archipelago.
January 15, 2018, 10:52 PM
It was with a little trepidation that we visited this place, given the 7.4 rating. I'm from San Diego, home of the 9.6-rated False Idol that has the best drinks I have ever had. I am in the Baltimore/DC area regularly on business and this was the only Tiki place around and I was optimistic that I could find a place to get my Tiki on while out of town - so we went, and I took my tiki-virgin buddy with me.

I have to assume that true Tiki fans have marked the place down due to the decor, which was definitely toned down. The windows were not blacked-out and you could see out into the street. Unlike other tiki bars that are dark, filled with over-the-top tiki decor, and designed for a "special occasion" visit, this place felt more inviting, like you could drop in any time. The more "neighborhood-ish" feel to it really appealed to me.

Of course, the real reason I was there was for the drinks and they did not disappoint. There were not a significant amount of classics on the menu - just a few to remind you that they took their tiki seriously. Overall, I thought the drink menu was very creative. The menu held several unusual concoctions that made you say "hmmm" before you ordered it and "mmmm" afterwards. Most notably was a little dandy with jagermeister and vanilla. "Hmmm"

The biggest surprise was the food. Everything we have eaten there has been very good, most notably the asian nachos - what the *(^@#^$ did they do to that cheese ?!? Killer !

So, if you are looking for the ultimate in classic and creative tiki decor - go else where. If you are looking for interesting drinks and great little dishes, this is the place for you. I love it. It is my new home away from my home away from home.

Our server and the bartenders were super nice also.


RikiTikiTavi
RikiTikiTavi is a regular at Archipelago, and is usually there Tuesdays, around 6.
December 17, 2017, 8:08 PM
Further update: In the last few months, Archipelago has seriously upgraded their menu. There is a heavy Sichuan influence, and the food is amazing with lots of vegetarian options. My favorites are the eggplant and the crab Rangoon dip. This place is just getting better and better!
Ambassador Jim
Ambassador Jim has visited Archipelago.
October 11, 2017, 4:22 PM
A buddy and I visited Archipelago on a Tuesday Night hoping the crowd was small just to make sure we got a spot at the bar. We met "Joe" one of the owners who was one of the nicest guys ever! Not only is Joe an owner but also the head bartender and the dude is definitely a tiki mixolgist. I ordered the standard Trader Vics Mai Tai recipe and it was spot on. Then Joe handed us somewhat of an "old school" secret Tiki Drink menu and we ordered from that menu the "Jet Pilot" from 1958. Holy hell it was the one of the best drinks I have ever had. Joe said he makes most of their own syrups and mixes and the garnish with the drink presentation (glassware with custom swizzle) was spot on!! We did not eat there so my rating excludes the food but people were eating and it looked good. Also, ask them to see the Magnum P.I. Shrine they have, its so cheezy that its awesome!!!! When I am back in town next trip it will be a definite stop!
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