Thursday, May 17, 2007

A bar fit for a pirate

Bars are truly a dime a dozen. Walk down any one of a hundred streets in DC, or in any other big city and if you’re not paying attention, odds are you’ll run into (and stumble out of) a bar.

Yet, like restaurants, it’s often the hidden gems that produce the best experience, and there is no gem better hidden in the DC area than Cathal Armstrong’s PX.

Tucked away above Armstrong’s King Street Fish and Chips joint in Old Town Alexandria, PX mixes a laid back, more mature atmosphere with some of the best drinks in town.

Needing a reservation to attend, one must ring a doorbell on a side door away from the main entrance (denoted by a blue light that shines when it’s open) and state your name when asked. You’re then brought up a set of stairs to the bar area, which consists of several small private rooms, as well as a larger bar area which seats under twenty.

The rooms all have very comfortable seating and the noise in any of the given rooms never went above casual conversation. The atmosphere allows the drinks themselves to speak for PX.

The drink that stood out above all others was a concoction called, “the grog” – a drink that doesn’t just speak, it screams. Inspired by the Pirate flag that flies out front, at $11 a pop this rum and tea mixture is sweet ambrosia, so much so that I had to order four of them.

If you’re not a fan of the taste of alcohol, this drink is the one for you.

But then again, if you’re a fan of alcohol in general, or if you just want to relax with a couple friends after work in a wonderfully comfortable setting, PX is probably the place for you.

728 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

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