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Photos by Maya Moore

Follow the graffiti down the alley next to Belga Cafe, pass the creepy Bernie mural (nothing against the man, he just looks a little terrifying), you’ll find Barracks Row’s newest rooftop bar, Betsy. Named after Chef Barts very own pet chicken (because why the hell not), the bar is an extension of the familiar and well loved Belga, but has a very different set up than the Belgian bar downstairs.

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Betsy is cute. It looks like the kind of rooftop bar your friends would set up if they went wild at Home Goods. There are amusing signs, colorful patio tables, and so many flowers, but what really sets Betsy apart is the booze. Betsy wants to be your D.C. gin destination. Your oasis in a sea of whiskey bars and vodka tonics. From what we tasted last week, they’re definitely on the right track.

The best part about the gin program is that it caters to newbies and professional gin drinkers alike. Not sure weather you like gin or you like the idea of drinking gin? Go with their watermelon cocktail which features Tanqueray, Fentimans tonic, cucumbers, and watermelon ice. If you’re more of a gin hound (like myself) grab their Negroni which includes a big block of Campari ice. I liked the Campari ice so much I want to make it at home and put it in everything.

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If you want to keep it simple and go with the always classic gin, tonic, and lime they have a suite of options ranging from local gins, like Green Hat and One Eight, to international favorites like The Botanist,  St. George and more. Likewise, their tonics range from the ever popular Fever Tree to Q Tonic.

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If you’re looking for a place to relax and have a few drinks, Betsy totally works. If you’re looking for a place to introduce someone to the wonderful world of gin or remind yourself why it’s the best liquor (because it is), Betsy is your girl.

Betsy is in the back alley of 514 8th Street SE. Weather permitting, Betsy opens Tuesday – Friday at 4 p.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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