Sun Liquor Lounge
May 11, 2018
At this small yet sharp Capitol Hill bar, sister to the Sun Liquor Distillery, they serve crazy good contemporary tiki drinks. It’s a bright, vibrant space, yet not excessively kitsch, real care has been taken over the details. There are antique cocktail glasses and vintage shakers behind the bar. The room is stuffed with bamboo chairs and cut-out blossom patterns, the music retro cheese of the highest order, and there’s a brilliant monkey-full mural on the wall. It’s all a bit much and we love it. The cocktails are the business too, all made using freshly squeezed juices, in-house made syrups and bitters as well as a diverse spirit selection, including those made at their sibling distillery. Expect quirky clever takes on tiki drinks and other American classics, made with care and presented with a degree of theatricality which never overwhelms the good stuff in the glass. Take the Libby’s Mai Tai, which blends light and dark rums with fresh squeezed orange & lime juices, orgeat syrup, pineapple juice and house made grenadine, or the punchy Coffin Bone, a sweet-smooth blend of scotch, rossbacher, honey, fresh lemon juice and old fashioned bitters, served with a lemon twist.