What do you do when you miss French wine, cheese and charcuterie? You follow your passion and open a bar dedicated to it, which is what Dave Bloom and Anastasia Mori, the husband-and-wife team behind La Jambe, did. Having no prior bar and restaurant experience between them didn't stop the new venture from quickly becoming the Shaw neighborhood's latest smash hit. Find a carefully curated and well-explained French wine list and cocktails made entirely from French or local D.C. spirits and ingredients. THE DRINK TO DRINK: The Jardin de Luxe, with French gin, Donna Rosa amaro from Don Ciccio & Figli, Yellow Chartreuse, house-made herbs de Provence bitters and fresh basil KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: If bartender Colin is behind the stick, challenge him to a game of chess. Win, and you just earned yourself a free glass of rosé.
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