Friday, July 29, 2016

Vieux Carre Opens Tonight on K Street

Bartender Michael Pena prepares the Ramos Gin Fizz cocktail

From our friends at Vieux Carre...

Vieux Carre, a New Orleans-Style Cocktail Bar, Opens Tonight in Downtown DC

New cajun-style cocktail bar and restaurant brings NOLA flavor to the heart of Downtown DC

Vieux Carre, a New Orleans-style cocktail bar in downtown DC (1413 K Street, NW) opens tonight and promises to bring a taste of the Big Easy to the nation’s capital. Vieux Carre - or “French Quarter” - is inspired by the world-famous party town and its rich history of one-of-a-kind food and drinks.

The stylish, candlelit venue features a mezzanine level that allows bar patrons to look down at the marble bar and first floor below, reminiscent of the many historic buildings on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street. The chandeliers and wrought-iron details create an old-world vibe, while dark paneling makes it modern. The bar also includes a “bartender’s lab” with a special glass window through which guests can watch bartenders preparing garnishes, syrups and other add-ons for delicious, unique New Orleans-inspired cocktails. 

Photo: Joy Asico

Guests will enjoy classic Louisiana drinks such as the Hurricane and French 75, the namesake Vieux Carre as well as lesser-known cocktails like the Bywater and Absinthe Frappe, in addition to Abita Beer, a New Orleans favorite. The bar will also serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic snow balls, with rotating flavors of shaved ice made in-house for a fun twist on a childhood summer treat. This Fall, Vieux Carre will begin serving New Orleans staples like po’ boys and cajun fries. 

“New Orleans is one of my favorite cities, and our amazing Beverage Director, Jeff Coles, grew up there,” says Creative Director Seth McClelland who also created The Speak, which sits just below Vieux Carre. "We have always talked about bringing the storied and unique cocktail culture to D.C., and so Vieux Carre was born."

Vieux Carre is located at 1413 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.

Monday through Saturday, 5 PM to 2 AM (and open until 3 AM on weekends.)