Our nation’s capital has had doses of great tiki over the decades… the old Trader Vic’s there was a major hangout for politicians for many years (Richard Nixon reportedly liked Navy Grogs), Politiki was carving out a place for tiki during the ’90s, when no one else was doing it, and the legendary Honolulu Restaurant held on until closing back in 2004 (has it been that long already?). But for many years now, it’s been underserved on the tiki front: a craft cocktail tiki night here, a Chinese restaurant serving a few scorpion bowls there, but no real tiki experiences to speak of.
That looks to be changing, with the arrival of Archipelago, on U Street NW. I’ve not seen very good pictures of the place yet, so it’s hard to say how it measures up on the theming side of things, but it sounds like an attempt is being made, the drinks appear to be solid, and a swing at tiki is certainly welcome in the D.C. area.
Go get some pictures, and report back to Critiki! There is now a location listing for Archipelago.