While there's no substitute for your favorite bar, on those nights when you don't feel like dealing with crowds, why not bring your bar's cocktails home? And no, we're not talking about getting your Manhattan in a to-go cup. (Although, that'd be awesome.) Instead, we're talking about learning the mysterious ways of your cocktail and whipping one up at home. Check out three of DC's best mixology classes:
Please note, Scouts, that these classes sell out mighty fast. Better act fast.
Classes from the GINtender
Erik Holzherr, a.k.a. The Gintender, is owns two of DC's most cocktaileriffic bars, Wisdom and Church & State. However, when he's not running his empire, he's teaching you. Choose from classes ($50 to $75) called Home Bar Basics, Manhattans, Martinis or Rickeys/Collins and prepare to whip your libational skills in shape. Check the website for times and details.
Classes at the Columbia Room
This bar within a bar offers one of the most unique experiences you'll ever come across in DC. Its basically a dimly lit decked out lecture hall, but instead of homework, you get to just drink. (Although... that's kinda what college was like.) In any case, this joint remains one of the most popular spots in DC, so if you want to take a class here, which ranges from bar basics to making the best tiki drinks (both $65 per session), you'll have to book months in advance.
Private Classes via SideTour
If you want a really intimate experience, check out a new start-up called SideTour. This site matches eager experiencers with the experienced to bring them unique experiences they won't find in any tourist book. For instance, coming up on Jan. 27, SideTour is offering a two-hour class with A Bar's head mixologist, who was also named by GQ as the Most Imaginative Bartender. In this session ($75), students will learn how to make cocktails inspired by Asian ingredients, including kaffir lime, Szechuan peppers and kumquats. Cheers!