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Help the Gintender Win “Trading Up” Competition

We need your help Gintender faithfuls! The Gintender has entered his very own “Miller’s Crossing” cocktail into the Martin Miller’s Gin  ”Trading Up” Cocktail Competition (you will need to “like” the page in order to see the details).  We need your vote to win!  All you need to do is go to this Facebook page and “like” the […]


“A Sister’s Call” – Documentary at Wisdom

We’ve been playing documentaries all month on the blu-ray and this Sunday, November 20th, Wisdom has a very special screening. We’ll be featuring the work in progress “A Sister’s Call”.  There will also be the opportunity to see the filmmaker’s progress, hear Rebecca and Call’s amazing story, learn about mental health and abuse issues, and […]


The 29th Amendment Event at Church & State

The 29th Amendment Event at Church & State

Come celebrate Veteran’s Day weekend and the unofficial beginning of this year’s campaign season by helping raise funds for voter education and awareness. Join Angelique (The Birthday Girl!) and several notable young professionals from Atlanta to New York City to ratify her 29th year of life and kick off this year’s election cycle with a bang. […]


Upload Your Wisdom Photos

Share your good times at Wisdom on the Gintender! We’ve started a Flickr group that is really easy to use.  Simply sign in (or register if you don’t have a Flickr account) and upload your Wisdom photos to our Flickr page.  The photos should appear on our Flickr feed within 24 hours. Don’t be shy! […]


Holiday Parties With The Gintender

Holiday Parties With The Gintender

  The Gintender is, for a limited time only, opening up the bars to host holiday parties throughout the season. Wisdom, Fruit Bat and Church & State are great venues to hold an office Christmas party or holiday get together.  You can rent out the entire bar for a few hours, a night, or just […]


George Washington’s Whiskey

George Washington's Whiskey

George Washington may not have been able to tell a lie, but he could make one hell of a fine whiskey rye. According to this article, Washington’s distillery was the most profitable part of his plantation by 1799.  The distillery has been shut down of course for years and years but it is now being […]


Wisdom Invades Bluecoat

It has taken far too long, but we are finally getting up our video and photos from Wisdom’s Bluecoat distillery tour! A very special thanks to everyone at Philadelphia Distilling and, of course, Erik (the Gintender) for organizing such an awesome trip. Also thanks to the brilliant Scott Stead for putting this video together. Enjoy! […]


Happy Birthday to Wisdom!

It’s hard to believe, but the “little cocktail joint that could” is turning 3! Tomorrow, Wednesday Oct. 19th , come celebrate with the Wisdom crew and enjoy specials all night long.  Get 15% off your entire tab plus 30% off the first and last hours (6-7 pm and 11 pm- 12am). And if that’s not […]


Free Bluecoat Gin Tasting and Tour

Free Bluecoat Gin Tasting and Tour

            Don’t miss your chance to tour one of the finest gin distilleries in America! Come hang out with the Wisdom staff and crew this Sunday (September 25th) as they tour and drink gin at the Bluecoat distillery in the city that’s always sunny (Philadelphia). The best part? It’s 100% […]


H Street Festival

H Street Festival

Come check out the Fruit Bat and Church & State on Saturday, September 17 during the H Street Festival! The Bat opens at noon sharp. There will be South American specials on an outdoor GRILL under our tent at the Bat!!  Beer Specials will abound and we will be serving up a ridiculous WHITE BAT SANGRIA  by […]


H Street Chalk Walk

H Street Chalk Walk

This Saturday, H Street Main Street and CHAMPS (Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce) are presenting the first ever Chalk Walk on H Street NE…and guess who is participating! That’s right, Fruit Bat and Church and State are both participants this time around.  Stop by and check out local artists creations while enjoying a premium concoction! For […]


Private Mixology Classes and Cocktail Tastings

Learn the basics of a well-stocked home bar! Wisdom is now offering private Mixology classes.  These classes are great for the novice and intermediate home Mixologist.   You’ll learn everything you need to know from how to use the proper, basic bar utensils to which staple liquors and liqueurs are necessary for home bar tending. […]


Brunch Begins at The Bat!

Brunch Begins at The Bat!

Starting this Sunday, August 28th, the Fuit Bat will begin serving a South American style brunch that will make H Street proud. The Bat will be open both weekdays and weekends for both coffee and lunch featuring Chef James’ savory south American fare. Here’s a sneak peak at the coming brunch menu: A South American […]


Blind Beer Tasting

Blind Beer Tasting

Think you know your beer?  PROVE IT! Stop by Wisdom August 16, 17, and 18 for a blind beer tasting during D.C. Beer Week. The winner of this noble contest will receive a $40 Wisdom tab…not to mention beer tasting glory. Afterwards, enjoy the epic motion picture Beerfest on the blueray projector. Only $25 a […]


How to Drink Absinthe…Savage Chicken Style

How to Drink Absinthe...Savage Chicken Style

Check out David Savage’s clever take on the best way to drink absinthe.  And frankly, who’s to say he is wrong? See full cartoon


The GINtender: Liquor Deity

The GINtender: Liquor Deity

The GINtender was voted Mixologist of the Year by Modern Luxury (DC)! “Erik Holzherr is like a liquor deity. His Atlas District eden, Church & State (1236 H St. NE, dcfruitbat.‌com)—decked in stained glass and church pews—pours heavenly rebooted classics like a Sazerac with hibiscus liqueur. “I don’t think of myself as a provocateur, but […]


Wealthy Missionary Makes Cocktail of the Month

Wealthy Missionary Makes Cocktail of the Month

The Wealthy Missionary, one of Wisdom’s most popular libations, mingles peach and ginger with just a hint of tea leaf bitterness. Check out Kelly A. Magyarics’ take on this great summer cocktail in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.


Yelp’s Loungin’ Wisdom Shout Out

Yelp's Loungin' Wisdom Shout Out

Yelp gave Wisdom’s “Pears of Wisdom” a shout out this week. The Pears of Wisdom cocktail at Wisdom was the highlight of Ruth C‘s visit: A slice of Anjou pear, Belle de Brillet, Absolut pear and Elderflower – “it single-handedly convinced me that I must try their other concoctions.” Check out the full article here.


WE’RE HIRING!!!

WE'RE HIRING!!!

ATTENTION ALL D.C. MIXOLOGISTS!!!! Wisdom and Church & State are looking for new bartenders to become a part of our family.  The requirements are simple.  You must have past bartending experience.  You must have (or be willing to get) your ABC liquor license.  Applicants should be good with people.  Assholes generally don’t make very good […]


Home Bar Essentials

Home Bar Essentials

Below, the Gintender has compiled a list of home bar essentials.  If you’ve taken one of the mixology classes at Wisdom or Church & State, this list should be familiar to you! Essential Base spirits: 1. Vodka — Smirnoff 2. Gin — Beefeater 3. Rum — Bacardi 4. Whiskey — Blantons 5. Triple sec 6. […]


Ingredient of the Month: Tequila

Ingredient of the Month: Tequila

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this month’s ingredient is Tequila! The GINtender’s favorite tequila definition: “Tequila is the secret weapon invented by Mexicans to reduce productivity in other economies.” – Richard Neill Tequila is made by distilling the fermented juice of the blue agave plant.  The most important thing to take away from the Gintender […]


WaPo’s latest review of Church & State

WaPo's latest review of Church & State

Church & State recently garnered another review by the Washington Post’s Fritz Hahn.  Check it out in the Going out Guide section of the Post’s website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/bars-clubs/church-and-state,1180472/critic-review.html **Special thanks to Fritz Hahn for writing such a great review and for having a true appreciation for genuine American cocktails. **


Home Bar Basics Classes

Home Bar Basics Classes

Learn the basics of a well-stocked home bar! These classes are great for the novice and intermediate home mixologist.   You’ll learn everything you need to know from how to use the proper, basic bar utensils to which staple liquors and liqueurs are necessary for home bar tending. Sign up for classes at Wisdom or […]


The Source of Domaine de Canton

The Source of Domaine de Canton

Several months ago, the GINtender featured Domaine de Canton as the ingredient of the month. It is an amazing new product that is standard in almost any new cocktail bar.  A beautiful unique product that is fun and exciting to mix…it is a crucial ingredient in the Eminent Domaine at Wisdom and one that is […]