Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Derek Brown's Mockingbird Hill to Undergo Remodel This Summer

From our friends at Mockingbird Hill...

On June 26, James Beard Award-Nominated Sherry Bar Will Close Temporarily to Develop Expansion of Cocktail Program

Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th Street, NW) the James Beard Award-nominated sherry and ham bar led by premier spirits expert Derek Brown, will close for the duration of the summer, beginning Sunday, June 26, to undergo remodeling.

Design and architecture firm Edit Lab at Streetsense, which recently rebuilt Brown’s Columbia Room to much acclaim, will re-envision Mockingbird Hill as a cocktail bar, continuing to offer sherry by the glass and hand-carved ham, but with a major expansion of its cocktail program.

“Sherry has always been our focus but we’ve seen the way our guests use the bar, and increasingly they want craft cocktails,” Brown says of the upcoming closure and remodel. "In fact, that’s always been part of how Americans drink sherry and a huge part of sherry’s past. So, we’re more than happy to oblige.”

Brown will bartend at Mockingbird Hill on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, and guests will enjoy a special featured menu throughout the bar’s last week of operation before the start of the remodel. (Brown is available for interviews by request.)

Mockingbird Hill, located in the heart of DC’s Shaw neighborhood, boasts one of the country’s top beverage programs, having just earned its first nomination from the James Beard Foundation Awards this spring. Last December, Mockingbird Hill launched a viral six-week holiday pop-up bar, “Miracle on 7th Street,” that featured more than a dozen original themed cocktails.

Derek Brown is one of the leading spirits and cocktail experts in the country and the head of Drink Company, the entity behind his four Washington DC craft cocktail bars: Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency and the James Beard Award-nominated Mockingbird Hill and Columbia Room.

Mockingbird Hill is a James Beard Award-nominated sherry and ham bar located at 1843 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001; (202) 316-9396.