Petworth Citizen and Reading Room

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Petworth Citizen and Reading Room
Petworth Citizen and Reading Room

Venue Details

Type of Venue
Price Range
$10 - $15

A cozy bar and reading room in the Petworth area of DC serving tasty drinks.

Laid-back haunt pairing inventive cocktails with classic drinks, pub grub & a library in cozy digs.
Address: 829 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Editor review

1 review
The people are as great as the drinks are
(Updated: March 08, 2016)
Overall rating
Absinthe Selection
Absinthe Service
Absinthe Knowledge
Overall Quality of Service
Ambiance: A cozy little bar serving pub grub and tasty drinks. In the back there is a lovely reading room, piled floor to ceiling with great books and a service bar with absinthe fountain.

Selection: While the selection of absinthes is limited, they keep it focused on good brands; Vilya, Corsair, Pernod, etc.

Service: With the addition of their new absinthe fountain, their preparation is on point, not to mention the tasty absinthe cocktails. Bartender Dan Searing boasted that every great drink can be made even greater by adding absinthe.

Knowledge: Judging by the absinthe education seminar they put on last weekend, Dan and his partner Chantal know a great deal about the drink and its history.

Overall: What a wonderfully quaint little escape in northern DC. I highly recommend it. If you can, get tickets for some of their educational seminars (this weekend is Irish Whiskey, and next weekend is Sherry!), or attend one of their cocktail events that center on cocktails inspired by literary works.

Price: right in line with a good cocktail bar.

Highly recommended!

*Absinthe fountain pic courtesy of Chantal Tseng
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