Why We Love DC's Favorite Rum-House Cotton and Reed

Forget wine and beer. Spirits are definitely where it’s at now, and there’s nowhere cooler than rum distillery Cane and Table to get in on the trend. Here’s why you need to check out this new hotspot.

It’s DC’s First Rum Distillery.

Sure, the monuments are a must-see, but there’s more to DC history than the National Mall. In addition to being one of the city’s coolest new places to see and be seen, Cotton and Reed happens to be pretty historic itself. The liquor-maker, which was opened by two former coworkers (who happened to meet at NASA)  is the city’s very first rum distillery, meaning you’ll get to sample something pretty cutting-edge for the city.

The Space Is Wonderfully Instagrammable.

Cotton and Reed’s stunning, bohemian industrial interior makes this a surefire hit among your social media friends. Walk into the warehouse-style space and grab a seat on one of the stylish wood-and-metal stools propped up against the bright turquoise bar, which comes stocked with house-made liquor and tropical plants. And make sure to snap a picture of the bartop’s cool design, which is studded with zodiac signs and detailed sketches of animals.

The Bar Caters To All Rum Drinkers.

Whether you’re all about the light, tropical taste of white rum or you prefer a more complex, earthy dark rum, Cotton and Reed has got you covered. You can pick from their two house blends: a sweet white rum made from pineapple and Belgian saison yeasts or a dry spiced rum made from a unique, 17-variety herbal blend.

It Offers Cheap, Delicious Cocktails.

Cocktails come out to about $10 each, which is not too shabby considering that the spirits are entirely housemade. We recommend ordering a few of the concoctions for the table and sampling all of them.

It’s BYOM(eal).

Drinkers are free to bring their own food to enjoy along with their beverages at the distillery’s spacious tasting room. Our recommendation? Hit up a taco truck on your way to enjoy a classic summer vacation pairing.