Best Bar to Blow Your 401K

Columbia Room
124 Blagden Alley NW, (202) 316-9396
In a town filled with tasting menus, Columbia Room stands out by focusing on the drinks. A three-course or five-course lineup includes excellent small bites from the kitchen, but the booze is the star of the show. The menus, $79 and $108, respectively, actually provide great value thanks to the quality of the ingredients they use and their exacting presentations, but there’s an even bigger way to ball out at the Shaw bar. Check out the vintage spirits list and try a Napoleon Cognac from 1811 for $950/ounce, or a Rhum Clement from 1819 for $300. It’s like drinking history—which is perfect, because that’s what your 401k will be when you’re finished.