A Fond Farewell to THE FRUIT BAT

Dear Fellow Drinkers and Gintender Faithful,

We opened Fruit Bat two years ago as a way to share my Colombian heritage through fresh South American cocktails and food. It was a fun experiment, a fusion of great drinks and complementary cuisine.

H Street NE continues to evolve, and I’m eager to build a new idea.  Saturday, June 9th, will be Fruit Bat’s last night.

We’d love for you to join us to celebrate and say goodbye to Fruit Bat.  Beginning next Tuesday, June 5th, we’re offering every drink in the bar for $5 from 5-7 p.m. and Summer Punch for $4 all night, every night until we close.  Sincere thanks to all our patrons who have dined and drunk with us over the last two years.

We will close for renovation and reopen July 1st. To welcome the new concept, we will hold several private opening parties the first week.  Please stop by Fruit Bat next week to add your name to the guest list!  If you’d like to track our progress, we invite you to follow us on twitter @mysterybardc.

Church & State, upstairs at 1236 H, will be open during renovation and will now be open Tuesday-Saturday.  Follow @churchstatedc to get info about upcoming events and specials for the summer.

We are humbled that Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur extraordinaire and owner of Virgin Airlines, named Church & State his favorite place to get a drink in DC.  Come try our new “Seven Deadly Sins” – the cocktail menu that satisfies even jet-setting billionaires!

-The Gintender

New Food Menu at the Bat!

Fruit Bat has a brand new food menu for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights!

Famous Falafel Sandwich
Khalil’s East Jerusalem Family Recipe. On lavash bread with tahini and cucumber tomato dressing. Served with a side of Tots. ($9.00)

Hummus & Toasted Pita
Home Made. Delicious. ($7.00)

Served with Sirracha Mayo Dipping Sauce. ($5.00)

Meatball Sub
Homemade with our Italian tomato sauce and provolone and mozzarella. Served with a side of Tots. ($9.00)

Cinnamon Raisin Pancake Bagels
Warm and drizzled with maple syrup and topped with fresh bananas. Set of two. ($8.00)

Enter Young&Hungery’s Cocktail Competition!

Photo by Flickr user star5112

Tired of highbrow mixologists getting all the glory?  Think you’ve got what it takes to craft a masterful cocktail?  Prove it!

Young&Hungry is teaming up with the Gintender and Fruit Bat to bring you the LESS THAN FANCY COCKTAIL COMPETITION!

The competition is open to anyone who wants to submit a drink.  There is only one qualification…your drink must not suck.  Besides that, it’s open season!

The Gintender will serve as impartial judge (extra points for clever drink names or ingredients that make the Gintender laugh).

The winner will receive a $100 bar tab at Wisdom, Fruit Bat or Church & State AND the winning libation will be featured on Fruit Bat’s menu for a limited time.

How to enter:

To enter, simply email your recipe, a photo of your concoction and your contact information to hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com by April 15.

For full details and background, visit the Washington City Paper.

New Winter Menu at The Bat

Fruit Bat’s Winter menu is finally here featuring a few hot beverages to keep you warm until summer!

Drop it like its Hot (Seasonal Hot Libations) $6

Hot BAToddy
Double Rye Whiskey, orange liqueur and your choice of hot tea (green, berry, or mint)

House made Ginger-Apple Cider with your choice of Cruzan flavored, classic sterling or spiced rum

Café Con…
Fresh brewed Spanish coffee with your choice: Coffee Liqueur, Chocolate Liqueur or Amaretto Liqueur
Add a shot of whipped cream vodka for only $2
Organic, naturally decaffeinated Teechino available also!

Irish Coffee $8
Jameson’s Whiskey, Irish cream liqueur, hot, fresh brewed coffee and house made whipped cream


Spanish OR-G $7

Persimmon, Papaya, Mango, and Lime doin’ it in bubbly

House Infusion Cocktails-$8

Mexican Showdown
Tequila, cassis, habanero, lime

The Avele 
Samoan wonderfulness embodied in lavender-infused Svedka vodka

Black Sangria 
Blackberry wine, black cherry rum


House Caiprowska 
Vodka, muddled lime and burnt ginger syrup

Jamie got Jacked 
Jack Daniels whiskey and house-made maple and clove vermouth

Jamie’s Got a Gun
Jameson Irish Whiskey, cassis and cranberry

New Year’s Gala at Church & State


Tickets cost $250 for two people  and space is limited.  Only 50 people will be allowed in before midnight.

Price includes cocktail course served throughout the night and appetizers (You will have open access to FruitBat, but only people who purchase tickets may enter Church & State before midnight.)
Choose between two pre-paid cocktail courses for you and your guest.

Choose your Cocktail Destiny: Sterling or Onyx.

Each course will be served every 40 minutes, additional cocktails/beer/wine may be purchased ala carte.

The Sterling Flight consists of a medley of vodka, gins, and moonshine made west of the Mississippi. The classic vodka martini, the chuck yeager, pritchards white lightning moonshine, gin rickey, the moscow mule and the original mai tai. Bonus cocktail is the champagne toast.

The onyx course boasts american sweethearts: whiskey,boubon and rye. The manhattan, the old fashioned, sazerac, the gilda, dark and stormy, and the washingtonian. Bonus cocktail is the champagne toast.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. First course will be served at 8:20 pm and every 40 minutes after until midnight.

Evening includes buffet from 7:30 pm until the end of the night.

Purchase tickets below:



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 reserve space for you and your friends.

What could be better than having a holiday party at one of the Gintender’s bars?  HAVING THE GINTENDER CATER A PARTY AT YOUR OWN HOME OR OFFICE!!  We are just starting a new catering business and we’d love for you to be our first customer!  Don’t worry, we bring PLENTY of booze.

Just fill out the form below and we’ll contact you as soon as possible.

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The GINtender: Liquor Deity

Photo by flickr user: reynolds.james.e

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 I do take people out of their comfort zone with drinks and unique spaces that don’t follow a formula,” say Holzherr, who masterminded the tropical booze bungalow Fruit Bat, below C&S, and Capitol Hill’s absinthe-heavy Wisdom (1432 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, dcwisdom.‌com). He sends spirits soaring.”

Check out the full article.