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The Gibson

When stricken with a touch of a cold--a scratchy throat, a lingering cough, a delicate constitution--don't take to bed with a bowl of chicken soup and a hot water bottle at your feet. Instead, go out and ring the doorbell at The Gibson, the Prohibition style speakeasy hidden behind a black, unmarked door on DC's U Street corridor. Under dimly lit filament bulbs, bartenders carefully craft sophisticated libations with the aplomb of medicine men; shaking up delicious spins on cocktail staples and stiff drinks with ingredients you never even imagined could go into a cocktail.

Since opening a few years ago, The Gibson has expanded to include two floors--the White Bar upstairs and the Black Bar downstairs--as well as an outdoor patio in the summer, each level with a different drink menu and a different atmosphere. The Gibson has also earned a reputation as one of the most original cocktail lounges in Washington DC. Standards are high and only the freshest ingredients are used and proper technique employed. Liquors are infused in-house and many liqueurs are house-made.

Sit at the bar or lounge on a couch amidst a beautiful crowd sipping such curious concoctions as Lion's Tail, an old school whiskey cocktail with spices and bitters and striped with a smoldering cinnamon stick, Black Roses, made with cachaça, and combined with floral elements like créme de violette and rose water, Salad Days Sour, a frothy invention featuring celery-infused pisco and celery bitters, and Football on a Saturday, a hot drink made with oxtail broth. If you don't find your elixir here, you will definitely leave feeling a little warmer.

The Gibson: 2009 14th St. NW (202) 232-2156