Posts Tagged ‘Mockingbird Hill’

The Coffee Quarter

One area of the city has a concentration of pour-overs, coffee flights, and rare beans.

Flights of Fancy

Boom times or end times? BLT Steak just introduced wagyu beef “flights” so customers can sample and compare a range of the high-end, high-cost meat. Other local spots have begun offering their own fancy “flights” (with fancy prices, too). And none of them has to do with wine or beer. Wagyu Beef Flight Where: BLT […]

Coffee-Tasting Champ Heads Up New Coffee Bar at Mockingbird Hill

Bar owner Derek Brown doesn't just want his customers to drink better booze, but also better coffee. So his sherry and ham bar Mockingbird Hill will debut a new daytime coffee program tomorrow helmed by 2012 World Cup Tasters champion Cory Andreen. Andreen comes from Berlin, where he owns Cafe CK, and plans to split his time between […]

Restaurants and Bars Fuel a Cottage Industry of Chalk Artists

Chantal Tseng is looking at pictures of cartoon lions on her phone. She wants to draw a comic feline on the chalkboard that hangs at the front of the sherry- and ham-obsessed Mockingbird Hill in Shaw, which she runs with her husband, Derek Brown. But she’s not quite sure how to sketch a convincing big […]

Three’s Company

Call it the Derek Brown bar crawl: Oysters and bubbly at Eat The Rich, ham and sherry at Mockingbird Hill, and fried catfish and whiskey at Southern Efficiency. The bar impresario, of The Passenger fame, and his partner Angie Salame have now completed their trifecta of bars on 7th Street NW in Shaw—all within a […]

Spirit Animals: New Bars Are Diving Deep on Rakia, Mezcal, and Absinthe. What Are They Drinking?

The bartender at Adams Morgan’s Libertine slides the absinthe fountain in front of us, opening the faux-silver spigot and letting out a slow drip. The water falls on a slotted spoon of brown sugar, dissolving it into a curvy glass of French Absinthe Blanchette—one of more than 30 varieties of the anise-flavored spirit on the […]

New Restaurant Math

The avalanche of restaurant openings continues this spring with more new places than any person can reasonably keep straight. Consult this shorthand guide for just the essential things you need to know about six of D.C.’s newest eating and drinking establishments.

Bars Celebrate Supreme Court Gay Rights Victory With Drink Specials

The Supreme Court served gay rights advocates a major victory today by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and remanding California's Proposition 8. Bars and restaurants are celebrating with extended happy hours and other deals. Know of something we missed? Email us at, and we'll update the list. Busboys & Poets 5th and K NW […]

Sherry on Top: Can Derek Brown Help Make Sherry Cool?

In the world of booze, there is good, and there is evil. Whipped cream-flavored vodka is evil, if you ask Derek Brown of The Passenger and Columbia Room. “Pure nihilism is why you would drink something like that, because you want the end of the world to come about quickly,” he says. But then there […]

Mockingbird Hill Brings Ham and Sherry to Shaw

Derek Brown really wants to make you like sherry. The owner of The Passenger and Columbia Room, along with his wife Chantal Tseng and business partner Angie Salame, opens Mockingbird Hill in Shaw today. The ham and sherry bar carries 54 varieties of the Spanish wine—a number that will continue to grow. Sherry is beloved by bar industry folks, […]