Well, just in time, I got back from Orlando for Repeal Day! HUZZAH and stuff.
This year Gabe from cocktailnerd.com joined Rick from kaiserpenguin.com in joining us here in DC. Unfamiliar with the protocols of renting a tuxedo, you can see in the picture to the left that Gabe went for the redcoat outfit. Rick rocked out the Watson look while Marshall – well, what can I say? The guy just is a snazzy dresser.
Me, I rocked the same tuxedo as last year, but my pics (that I remembered to take) don’t have me in them because, uhh…well, you know, I took them.
After a Friday night hitting a number of places (PS7, Proof, Poste, The Gibson) then playing Rock Band 2 until 4:30 AM and torturing Rumdood with my singing, we hit 2 Amy’s (I’d never been!), Ace Beverage (of course), and a costume store, plus Goodwill, before having a couple of pre-event cocktails. From my house we met up with Sylvie, Kelley, and JR at Eatonville, then to the party.
The party was fantastic. Lots of spectacular mixologists served up an array of delicious beverages in rooms themed to decades. Rachel Sergi did a clementine based one, while Adam Bernbach and JP Fetherston did a Mad Men room with sloe gin fizzes and martinis. Jess Crandall and Jason Strich rocked out with lemon drops in the ’80s, while nearby Owen Thomson and Gina Chersevani had on jumpsuits and bubble-wrap in the future.
Not everyone was DC-based. Jeffrey Morgenthaler from Clyde Common in Portland, OR, shared a table with local Chantal Tseng of the Tabard Inn – him with his amazing eggnog and her with a killer bathtub gin punch. Other great folks in the cocktail world such as David Wondrich, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Dale DeGroff, and Tal Nadari were there.
And, of course, there were all kinds of folks from around town – I mean, honestly, if you’re not working that night, you needed to be there.
I made it about 15 minutes, maybe, into the after-party before I needed to leave. Same as every year, I’m lame, whatever. I can always make up an excuse for each year. I have a great one for this year!
Next year I’m hoping to see even more of our blogger brethren there. You should start planning now!
If you did go, what was your favorite drink? (And don’t say what was in people’s flasks!)