Ask Tom: Saturday afternoon cocktails
In the Sunday magazine this week, Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema tackles one of my favorite topics: day drinking. Got your own question for Tom? Send your thoughts, wishes and gripes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Where would you go downtown for interesting cocktails on a Saturday afternoon?" someone asked in a recent online discussion. Hoping to slake a thirst around 4 p.m., the audience member had been disappointed to learn that such obvious choices as PS 7's, Rasika and Zola don't serve drinks until closer to the dinner hour. "There seems to be a dead zone between 2:30 and 5 p.m.," the chatter wrote.
Some calling around confirmed the sad state of affairs for cocktail fans at that time of day, but I also turned up some accommodating shakers and stirrers. The Source, next to the Newseum near the Mall, opens its sleek bar right at 4 p.m. Even after lunch service, the bar at the cozy Tabard Inn stays open until 12:30 a.m.; a sofa near the fire in the lounge should be your aim. In Penn Quarter, meanwhile, sister restaurants Jaleo and Zaytinya offer cocktails throughout the day on Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m.