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

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Decor 7.1
Drink Quality 8.3
Drink Selection 8.4
Food Quality 8.2
Food Selection 7.7
Mood 6.8
Music 7.7
Service 8.5
Tikiness 7.3
Tilt 7.6
Vibe 7.3

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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.


bartell has visited Archipelago.
August 25, 2019, 8:40 AM
What a great place! It's thoroughly drenched in tiki sauce, plays a variety of vintage and newer exotica music, has knowledgeable and friendly staff, is across the street from the subway (and a few doors down from the famous Ben's Chili Bowl). The drink menus vary from first to second floor (see photos). The first floor has a few classics such as the Mai Tai, but is mostly new creations with some very unusual and intriguing ingredients (e.g. Malort). The second floor is for the vintage drinker who wants to try some of the many rarer rums. You have to reserve a spot upstairs on the web, but if they are not busy, they may see you up anyway. All of the mugs with first floor drinks are for sale, and are well priced from $15 up. That's about how much the drinks are too, but they are generally worth it. The Mai Tai (mixing Hamilton Demereras) was excellent if a little icier than I like. My favorite was the exquisite Pearl Diver. The Misunderstood Vitamin Swizzle was a lot better than its name. On the bitter side. The Fog Cutter was very good. All with quality ingredients - very fine. DC finally got its Tiki mojo back!
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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.
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