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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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Decor 6.7
Drink Quality 8.1
Drink Selection 7.7
Food Quality 7.8
Food Selection 6.6
Mood 5.9
Music 7.5
Service 8.4
Tikiness 7.2
Tilt 7.5
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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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!
June 29, 2017, 6:40 AM
Though a lot of DC craft cocktail bar dabble in classic Tiki drinks, at least seasonably, Archipelago is DC's only Tiki bar. Though purists will find the decor Tiki light, it is decently Tikis and way better than all the other DC places that have NO Tiki save for their drinks.

The mixology at Archipelago is where they shine. All the bartenders are excellent and show a passion for crafting their drinks. A note about the menu. The "main" menu has mostly Archipelago original drinks with a few classics. However, their bartenders are capable of making a wide range of classics if you ask. As of our June visit, they had a clipboard menu that you can ask for which has an excellent curated classic Tiki drink list on a clipboard. The list is organized by decade, starting with the 1930s going forward to the '40s, '50s, and '60s. Each decade is represented by about 6 to 9 classics. Almost a Museum of Tiki Cocktails. Each one our table tried was excellent - this special menu is worth the trip alone.

Music was an excellent and ecclectic mix of Exotica/Lounge and Surf. Food is very good bar food, it is really a bar that serves a limited range of food. Judge it by their excellent drinks, not on a restaurant scale.

The bar has a lot of large storefront type of windows, so during daytime there is so much light that things look washed out. Few Tiki bars look good in bright light, and this is no exception. But as soon as night falls, it takes on a entirely different look. It has a much better vibe at night.

DC used to be a big Tiki town and even once had their own, very famous Trader Vic's. The last true Tiki bar closed 13 years ago. Mahalo and kudos to the owners of Archipelago for bringing Tiki back to DC.
RikiTikiTavi is a regular at Archipelago, and is usually there Tuesdays, around 6.
June 14, 2017, 4:31 PM
Update! Archipelago has a new "old school tiki" menu, featuring classics from the 1930s-1960s. Fog Cutter, Three Dots and a Dash, Navy Grog, and many more. I still love the originals, but it's great to have classics available. These drinks are on the same menu with the rum list, FYI.
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