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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Everyone You
Decor 6.8
Drink Quality 8.1
Drink Selection 8.1
Food Quality 8.4
Food Selection 7.4
Mood 6.4
Music 7.6
Service 8.1
Tikiness 7
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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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, it’s chock full of classic tiki drinks.
twomartinis
twomartinis has visited Archipelago.
January 11, 2019, 3:12 PM
I can add to the consensus after my first visit - this is a solid tiki bar that can stretch its wings and soar to tiki heights! This is probably Part I of a multi-part review as I will be traveling to DC monthly for the near term.

Part IV: A New Hope
My introduction to Archipelago was short and sweet, because I couldn't get there until 45 minutes to closing. I walked right up to the bar and sat down, said "good evening" and placed one of my Joe Vitale "Hot Head" mugs on the bar. "Do you guys like to trade mugs?" I said, as the bartenders put on their best "who the f**k is this guy" expression. Turns out I was speaking to Owen Thomson, one of the co-owners. So after a little banter and some scanning/flipping of the cocktail menu, Owen says "forget the menu, what kind of drink do you like?" "How about a Navy Grog?" "You got it."

And boy did I get it, all boozy and sweet with a good dose of pucker. I chatted with Owen about business, events they put on, the Hukilau, etc. Now I'm not quite sure if it was equal parts anticipation and great drink; but that was one mighty fine Navy Grog. By this time it was near closing, I was the only patron left on a Thursday night; and the bartenders were clearly shutting it down. "Do I have time for another?" rolls right off my tongue, awkward silence... then "sure, what would you like?" "Bartender's choice" I offer, trying to ease the tension. Half expecting to get something simple, and rightfully so given the time! but to the contrary, I was presented a gorgeously garnished Jet Pilot! I took one long sip of that beauty as the bartender smiled and walked away. "Ahhh, Donn's Mix" I sighed as the cinnamon hit my palate (which merited a glance from the bartender), then the uppercut of rum hit me, perfectly, again and again until that gurgling sound says it's quitting time.

I can't wait to get back to DC!

PS> I made a good trade with Owen and walked out with one of their Archipelago mugs (Tiki Farm). Cheers!
Karla Hulett
Karla Hulett is a semi-regular at Archipelago.
December 22, 2018, 2:03 PM
Enjoyed the Sippin Santa collection last Sunday. Great décor and vibe. Our favorite for a classic Tiki experience in our Nations Capital.
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