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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Decor 6.8
Drink Quality 8.1
Drink Selection 8.2
Food Quality 8.4
Food Selection 7.4
Mood 6.4
Music 7.5
Service 8.1
Tikiness 6.9
Tilt 7.1
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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Magicscientist
Magicscientist is a semi-regular at Archipelago.
March 22, 2019, 9:44 PM
The Lost Island room is amazing! Go see for yourself. Itís almost the size of the main and area and has a special menu. Youíll need to reserve a table on their website...click around, youíll find it. ;-)
yetanotherusername
yetanotherusername is a regular at Archipelago, and is usually there Usually on weeknights when it's quieter.
January 20, 2019, 8:35 AM
Archipelago is basically my go-to DC bar. I usually start or finish my nights in the city there.

The drinks are the focus of this place, and they do a great job on them. I think a lot of the complaints about too much ice or too weak have been resolved, cause I haven't had a bad drink at Archipelago.

Definitely ask for the classics though. Don't really even need to see the secret menu for things like a Zombie, Three Dots, Jet Pilot, etc. They're all the classics you expect, with a little custom flavor due to using their own syrups and ingredients.

Their new semi-hidden upstairs bar is a real gem. They've done amazing work on it, and it has a genuine classic tiki bar feel to it. Only problem is that it's not always open with the main floor yet, and when it is, (most Friday/Saturdays) it can be hard to get a spot up there.
(They have to pay an extra bartender to staff it, and are still figuring out how to work that out.)

When you can manage it tho, it offers a real secret-society feeling, a little elevation (figuratively and literally) above the typical U-Street walk-in riff-raff, if that makes sense, and that's super fun.

On the main floor, they've kept the windows blacked out after the Christmas popup, and it's made a world of difference to the vibe inside. The tiki decor pops a lot better without the glaring lights from police and U Street traffic, and that makes it definitely more tiki bar than themed U-Street joint.
DanTiki
DanTiki has visited Archipelago.
January 17, 2019, 2:52 PM
Not a bad place to hang out. Location is great, just across the street from a green line metro stop. Be sure to ask for the full drink menu, itís chock full of classic tiki drinks.
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