If you find yourself in the Union Market neighborhood – and you should because it’s an amazing DC experience – you need to stop at my favorite (and only) local rum distillery. Don’t let the warehouse exterior deter you, the bar is one of the most inviting in DC.
I am obsessed with the bright, colorful interior full of natural light. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about their product and offers up suggestions and rum tastings to make sure you are a satisfied customer. My personal favorite is the Redbeard with their white rum, campari, lime and ginger beer, but you can’t go wrong with any of the options. Make sure you save some time for a tour which begin on the hour and last around 20-30 minutes – don’t worry, you can bring your drink. For $22 you get a cocktail, tour and rum tasting. The tour not only takes you through the distilling steps, it allows you to sample the process and how they created their three rums.
I love spending a late afternoon here after eating my way through Union Market. If you are here after sundown, be prepared for a disco ball and a killer playlist. Cotton and Reed won’t disappoint.