Jack Roseis a new bar in Adams Morgan that opened Memorial Day weekend. So far, only its rooftop bar is open to the public and it is unclear when the ground floor bar and dining room will open. As I peered through the ground floor windows, I was excited to see a long bar that runs the length of the right side of the room and more excited to see the long shelves running along the wall behind the bar that are currently being stocked with what must be hundreds of bottles of scotches, bourbons and other spirits. Jack Rose’s website claims the bar will offer “over 1400 bottles of hand-selected scotches, bourbons & spirits, uniquely hand-crafted cocktails, wines from around the world, and over 20 beers on draft.” Sign me up, baby!The website also mentions a “Prohibition” bar that I’m guessing is reminiscent of a “speakeasy.” Interesting.I’ve now been to Jack Rose’s rooftop deck about three times since it opened.
Yeah, I guess that’s a lot since it’s been open less than a month. My impression so far is that this place has a lot of potential. It’s not fully open and I’m sure they’re still working out some kinks. That said, I am eager to see how it evolves in the coming weeks and months.
I will say that I really like the laid back vibe of the rooftop bar. It’s almost like you’re hanging out on a friend’s deck. Most of the bartenders there seem to know their way around a bar. However, there was one bartender who definitely needs more training as she had to look up the ingredients for a Sazerac. That’s really not where any bar wants to be much less Jack Rose, which prides itself on its “uniquely handcrafted cocktails” and its large, hand-picked selection of one of Sazerac’s key ingredients — whiskey.
As you can tell from my review, this gal is full of hope that Jack Rose will become her new go-to bar in Adams Morgan. In the meantime, I’m pretty sure I’ll be keeping up my average visit of once per week and I’m hoping that once the ground floor opens I’ll be pleasantly surprised! Stay tuned, folks!