A Tonic for the Neighborhood
As I posted last Thursday, the Foggy Bottom branch of Tonic is finally serving alcohol, only seven months after the restaurant first opened. They're celebrating "the end of prohibition" with a weekday happy hour that should interest anyone who works within walking distance. From 5 to 7, all 12 draft beers are half-price, which means you pay $3 for a Guinness, $2.75 for a Stella Artois, Leffe Brune or Murphy's Irish Red, $2.25 for a Yuengling or Red Hook ESB, and a little over $2 for Miller Lite. A few selected wines by the glass are $5.
Sadly, the bar's limited liquor license means that hard alcohol is only served at Saturday and Sunday brunch, though beer and wine are always available. If you do make it by on the weekend, though, the bloody marys are some of the best in the city. The mix is made in house, and it's fuller and juicier than anything that comes out of a bottle. Porky's Revenge is a bloody mary accompanied by a slice of bacon to use as a swizzlestick, and as tempting as that may be, the Hell's Fury is something special. Made with Absolut Peppar vodka, it's got extra Tabasco and spices to raise the heat index, and comes with a slice of raw jalapeÃ±o on the rim of the pint glass. For an additional kick, I recommend snapping the pepper into smaller pieces, dropping them into the glass and stirring vigorously. The resulting concoction is so fiery it'll make you warm all over. Just don't forget to wash your hands.
Oh, and if you're polite to your server, you may even finagle a slice of bacon for your Hell's Fury. It's the perfect way to start a lazy Sunday.
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