Bar Charley Arrives on 18 St. NWBy Olga Boikess
September 11, 2013
Bar Charley, the hip new DuPont Circle East venue from the El Cucho and Jackie talents, provides something for practically any appetite. Its laid back vibe, clever cocktails and intriguing, eclectic, affordable fare couldn’t be more different from some of the other local bars. Here’s why.
Cocktails are a reason to go. They range from tiki drinks to technical ones involving burning a cedar plank and capturing the smoke in the glass. Unusual ingredients like tobacco bitters and wasabi syrup enliven other drinks, while the classics are given interesting twist, like flavored ice cubes. Pay attention to the vintage and uncommon glassware.
Whether you’re looking for a bite, like its signature anchovy with marrow butter and shallot crostini, fried eggplant balls, or something heartier like steak frites for two, you’ll find it on the menu. Order the housemade pie for dessert.
The exposed brick, basement setting is welcoming and dark. A communal table in the front window, and a bar whose rows of bottles are spotlit by amusing chandeliers greet visitors to the space. A long, narrow dining area opens into a patio. The hidden “garden," currently a fenced in patio, looks appealing for those early autumn evenings.
1825 18 St. NW; 202-627-2163