Pleased With Punches: 12 Places Where You Can Order It By the Glass (Or the Whole Bowl)

By Rina Rapuano  |  April 3, 2014

We love the fact that bartenders’ modern love of retro cocktails has brought back the once totally uncool party offering: punch. No, not the Hawaiian kind - the spiked variety that usually involves juices, booze, floating citrus slices and possibly a big chunk of something frozen to keep the boozy batches chilled.

Here are a dozen places where you can order something out of a bona fide punch bowl (or a pitcher, in Graffiato’s case): 

Where: 2 Birds 1 Stone
What: Punch of the day, which has included a bourbon, pomegranate, Cynar, Creme de Menthe and simple syrup blend and a tequila, Campari, Cocchi Americano, lime, orange and simple syrup concoction
When: Nightly
Cost: $9 per cup
1800 14th St. NW; 202-733-5131

Where: Firefly
What: The seasonal Tradewinds Punch (India Pale Ale, El Dorado 151 Rum, Boudier Saffron Gin, vanilla bean, grapefruit zest, guava, Chinese five-spice powder, lime and lemongrass)
When: Throughout spring at the bar
Cost: $50 for four servings
1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202-861-1310

Where: The Gin Joint at New Heights
What: A rotating seasonal punch, which right now is the Tulip Punch (Bols Genever, Leopold’s Three Pins herbal liqueur, blood orange juice, black tea and muddled lemon peel)
When: 4:30 PM to close throughout spring
Cost: $12
2317 Calvert St. NW; 202-234-4110

Where: Graffiato  
What: Regularly rotating punches that have included Hard as Rock (bourbon, Ramazzotti, lemon, Angostura bitters, orange peel and sugar) and Nightrain (gin, Aperol, rhubarb, lemon, old fashioned bitters, soda water)
When: 11 AM till close
Cost: $11 per cup
707 Sixth St. NW; 202-289-3600

Where: Hank’s Oyster Bar
What: Megan’s Choice Punch (changes daily but has included blends of Gordon's London Dry Gin, Plymouth Sloe Gin, L'Afrique Vermouth and grapefruit juice, as well as tequila, Cherry Heering, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, orange juice and Xocolatl Mole Bitters); Church Lady Punch (vodka, sparkling wine, fresh fruit juices and sherbet)
When: Daily
Cost: Megan’s Choice - $7 per cup; Church Lady - $50 for four-six people and $90 for eight-10 people
Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill and Old Town

Where: Lincoln Restaurant
What: Emancipation Punch (Bluecoat gin, Cuca Fresca cachaça, chamomile, clove, lemon and Barkeep lavender bitters)
When: Daily
Cost: $49 for four-eight people
1110 Vermont Ave. NW; 202-386-9200

Where: Mockingbird Hill
What: Rotating flavors have included PX Punch (PX Sherry, Moroccan mint/dandelion root tea, orange and lemon juices) and Gin-Apry Punch (Plymouth Gin, Gonzalez-Byass Vina AB Amontillado Sherry, apricot liqueur, lemon and orange juices, grated nutmeg)
When: Every Friday for #PunchoutFridays (aka #PunchoutMBH)
Cost: $8 per cup
1843 Seventh St. NW; 202-316-9396

Where: Petworth Citizen
What: Ruby Messenger Punch (Gosling's Black Seal Rum, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, black tea, orange juice, Fee Brother's Cherry Bitters)
When: Daily
Cost: $4 per cup during happy hour (all night Monday, 5-7 PM Tuesday through Friday) and $6 at other times
829 Upshur St. NW; 202-322-7939

Where: Red Light Cocktail & Dessert Bar (opens April 10)
What: Double Down Punch (rye whiskey, Senior Orange Curacao, Luxardo cherry liqueur, Peychaud’s bitters, ruby grapefruit juice, B-grade maple syrup, ginger juice, rose water, lime juices)
When: Nightly
Cost: $11 per cup
1401 R St. NW; 202-234-0400

Where: Republic
What: The rotating monthly punch known as The People's Shrub (currently made with macerated citrus with grapefruit syrup, Appleton rum, Champagne and apple cider vinegar, yellow chartreuse, Domaine de Canton and orange bitters; a previous version included a blend of lemon/orange/lime syrup, cherry syrup, apple cider vinegar, Beefeater gin, Ketel One Citron, Hennessy VS)
When: Happy hour (4-6 PM weeknights) and late-night hours (Sunday, 9-11:30 PM; Monday through Thursday, 9:30 PM-12:30 AM; Friday and Saturday, 10 PM-1:30 AM) at the bar
Cost: $6 per cup
6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park; 301-270-3000 

Where: Roofers Union
What: Lei Me Down Punch (bourbon, dark rum, green tea, lemongrass, ginger, pineapple, mandarin and lemon) and Summer Wind PUnch (silver rum, Campari, lemon, simple syrup and mint)h
When: On the rooftop nightly
Cost: $9 per person (which works out to two 5-oz. drinks each); bowl size depends on how many people are in your group
2446 18th St. NW; 202-232-7663

Where: Teddy & The Bully Bar
What: Roosevelt Island Punch (Pisco, lime juice, jasmine and rooibos teas, housemade pineapple gomme syrup and Peruvian bitters)
When: Daily
Cost: $44 for four-eight people
1200 19th St. NW; 202-872-8700