But now it’s time to get back to some business around here. And that business is about to include tiki drinks on tap and pickleback-Jell-O shots.
Here’s Bar Charley, a relaxed townhouse of cocktailery from the folks behind El Chucho, opening Thursday at the foot of Adams Morgan.
Nothing wrong with taking a date here and setting up at one of the copper-top tables. Have a couple rickeys with lime ice. Or delve into a page’s worth of variations on gin martinis. Share a whole fish and some fried eggplant balls. Great.
But this place is ideal for big groups. Squeeze into the big elevated communal table in the front window. Commandeer the cafeteria-style table under the two big red chandeliers. Or—in two weeks’ time—gather on the 40-seat patio out back.
Then get to work on some bison sloppy joes and experimental cocktails: daiquiris inside coconut-shaped balls of ice, cognac drinks infused with smoke created on the spot from a cedar plank, a housemade take on Ocean City’s own Orange Crush.
And yeah, that shot of whiskey served in a shooter made from pickle-brine Jell-O.
Yes, you have to eat it.