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 8.2
Drink Selection 8.2
Food Quality 8.4
Food Selection 7.4
Mood 6.3
Music 7.6
Service 8.1
Tikiness 7
Tilt 7.1
Vibe 6.8

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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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TheRealMcNulty
TheRealMcNulty has visited Archipelago.
August 22, 2018, 2:43 PM
This place is actually pretty great but for a few simple things that can be improved upon.

1. Pile on the Polynesian vibes, this felt a little too party city and could definitely use some better set dressing.

2. Lower the shades or black out the windows. Whatever you can do try to block out the outside world.
Cape FM
Cape FM has visited Archipelago.
April 27, 2018, 7:43 AM
Went twice in April, two weeks apart and had very different experiences. A few tips for getting the most, IMO, out of your visit.

1. Most important - ask for the hidden menu of Tiki classics. I found these drinks to be far superior to the regular menu offerings.

2. Don't try to lower the bamboo curtains. (I got yelled at). But hey, looking out on to U street in DC isn't exactly an escape.

3. The second time I went I spent the whole time upstairs. Solved the window problem as there were no windows up there. It was also easier to hear the music, which transitioned from classic Tiki/Surf to punk as the night barreled toward 2am. Best of all, we had a great server who checked on us frequently and prevented us from having to fight it out at the bar.

Bonus: The server told us there will be a Tiki speakeasy opening soon focusing more on classic Tiki drinks. About 3/4 of the way up the stairs on the left is a door, so I'm guessing that's where it will be. Should be opening very soon according to the server.

Overall, I was very underwhelmed on my first visit, but with these tweaks my experience went from disappointing to very satisfying.
Sdduuuude
Sdduuuude has visited Archipelago.
February 21, 2018, 8:15 PM
Just a quick update to my thoughts and feelings on this little tiki bar. We made another visit tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it. For the first time in three visits I discovered the classic tiki drink menu highlighting classic tiki drinks from the 30's 40s 50's and 60's. Be sure to ask for it if you can't find something that speaks to you in the main menu. Great rum selection. Wonderful bartenders. Really love this place. 7.4 rating is just stupidly low. Go here: eat, drink and love it !
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