Young and Hungry

A $22 Barrel-Aged Manhattan? Psh. Get One for $13 at A&D

The barrel-aged Manhattan at The Rye Bar in Georgetown's new Capella hotel has gotten a lot of media buzz for its $22 price tag (excluding tax and tip). But if you don't want to drop a Jackson and a Lincoln on a single drink, A&D bar in Shaw is now offering a $13 barrel-aged Manhattan—tax included.

The Rye Bar's Manhattan consists of Dad's Hat rye (a small-batch whiskey from Pennsylvania), Dolin sweet vermouth, and French aperitif Byrrh quinquina. A&D uses James E. Pepper 1776 rye and makes its own amber vermouth. The Rye Bar barrel-ages its Manhattan six weeks; A&D ages its drink at least a week and a half.

And as far as taste? Admittedly, A&D's version isn't quite as smooth as The Rye Bar's. But for about half the price? I prefer it.

Left: The Rye Bar. Right: A&D.

A&D, 1314 9th St. NW; (202) 290-1804;

Photos by Jessica Sidman

  • RT

    Why are Manhattans getting smaller and smaller? If they're served up, they should be filled to the top. If you're going to charge $13 for a cocktail, at least make it worthwhile

  • sg

    agreed, RT! That's why I steer clear of A&D bar - it's such a ripoff. And I guess I'll be steering clear of Rye Bar too. I guess some of the hipster trust-funders who seem to mass there there can afford to pay $13 for a glass that's missing 2/3rds of the drink when they hand it to you, but even if I had the money I wouldn't give it to a place with that kind of attitude. That place just feels slimy the minute you walk in, like the pretentiousness is going to ooze all over you any minute.

  • Dave

    I remember a place called Von's in Seattle that used to offer $3 Manhattans. And they were *good* Manhattans. Granted, that was in the early part of the last decade, but it's hard for me to understand what has changed so much that a 1/3-size drink retails for over 4x as much now.


  • Fenton

    ! Von's RoastHouse Seattle - cheap delicious Manhattans. Awesome reference by Dave.

    I love a good rail Manhattan - takes skill to pull that off. Passenger does a decent enough one. Once you get into the real money I'd rather drink at home with the cat.

  • Dave

    Hehe, thanks Fenton. My friend and I spent a very boozy night at Vons some years back. The flipside of cheap Manhattans is that you have a few of them, and you have a hard time staying on your barstool. Good times...

  • jehedu

    SORRY. there is NOTHING like the RYE BAR Manhattan...this write up is just silly