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Posted at 5:17 PM ET, 01/14/2008

A Tonic for the Neighborhood

By Fritz Hahn

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.

The Hell's Fury bloody mary is garnished with a raw jalapeño pepper and, if you ask nicely, a strip of bacon. (Fritz Hahn)

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 jalapeño 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.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | January 14, 2008; 5:17 PM ET
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It's amazing how limited their license is. So I guess if you serve liquor, your guests will be much louder than if you serve beer? Good for them for obtaining the license, but shame on the 20 old people in the apartment buildings one block away for being scared of a little booze. Do they think the patrons here will be louder than the frat house across the street?

Posted by: cha | January 15, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Just want to clarify the limitations in regards to our liqour license. Tonic at Quigley's was granted a full liquor license by the DC Alcoholic Beverage Commission with the support of many neighborhood organzations. The restriction on the sale of spirits relates to our lease agrement with GWU. This limitation was placed strictly out of GWU and our concerns regarding the possibly dangerous drinking habits of some college students. This policy will be reviewed and possibly amended in the future should both parties feel it appropriate. As you mentioned we can serve spirits during weekend brunches as well as private functions. If you have any questions conerning Tonic at Quigley's Pharmacy please call us at (202) 296-0211.

Posted by: Tonic Owner | January 17, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

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