Located in the basement of Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Dram & Grain is its own operation, offering the speakeasy setting done right. You’ll maneuver behind an “employees only” door, down a staircase and through several more doors before finding a dimly lit, comfortable lounge, stocked with vintage whiskey and rare spirits. The latest 25-cocktail lineup incorporates literally scores of house-made ingredients. Dubbed Dram & Global, the menu draws inspiration from five cities—Havana, London, New Orleans, San Francisco and Tokyo. A group of four currently helms the bar, with each taking on one of those cities and the team collaborating together on the fifth.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Visit New Orleans with the Smoke Show, an ode to a Sazerac, made with Wild Turkey 101 rye, brandy, Chartreuse syrup, Peychaud’s bitters and a charred licorice stick.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Text 202-607-1572 for reservations during weekend seating times. You can walk in on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, though.