Budweiser Music Series at Nationals Park: Dr. FU

For every Friday night home game at Nationals Park, the best place to pregame is on the Budweiser Terrace. As the Nationals warmed up to play the Braves on June 21, fans enjoyed dynamic rock covers from Dr. FU. Photos: Kimchi Photography

DC JazzFest at The Wharf

DC JazzFest hit The Wharf on June 15 and 16 featured four main stages with free world class jazz music on the District and Transit Piers, plus Snarky Puppy, Jose James and more at the Anthem. In addition to live music, festival-goers enjoyed the beer and wine gardens and a diverse marketplace experience. Photos: Beauty By Photography

Beer, Bourbon, BBQ Festival at National Harbor

This year’s Beer, Bourbon, BBQ festival at National Harbor featured all-you-care-to-taste samplings of 60 beers and 40 bourbons on tap, a delicious barbecue selection including the Shrine of Swine with pulled pork right from the source, and live rock and blues music all day. The event comes to Leesburg in October! Photos: Beauty By Photography

Spring Year of Beer Sampling at ARL Rooftop Bar & Grill

ARL Rooftop Bar & Grill hosted the first Year of Beer sampling of the season, featuring two brews from O’Connor, Blue Mountain, Pale Fire and Heavy Seas. Guests received sampling tickets to sample at least one from each brewery, then voted for their favorite and entered a raflle to win an ARL Rooftop gift card.

Pride on The Pier 2019

The Washington Blade’s second annual Pride on The Pier was presented by Absolut, celebrating LGBTQ visibility in the city with DJs, dancing, beer, wine and cocktails, and an amazing fireworks display. Photos: Beauty By Photography

Capitol Riverfront Concert Series: Pebble to Pearl at Yards Park

The Friday night concert series in Capitol Riverfront kicked off last Friday, June 7 with R&B tunes from Pebble to Pearl at Yards Park. Concert-goers enjoyed ice cold Corona and wine while enjoying a relaxing evening in the neighborhood’s waterfront park. Photos: Kimchi Photography

Celebrate Fairfax 2019

This year’s Celebrate Fairfax featured headliner band Better Than Ezra on Friday night, and festival-goers enjoyed a petting zoo, carnival rides and a karaoke championship along with nightly fireworks and plenty of great food. Photos: Beauty By Photography

The Altaire Grand Opening Celebration

Guests who attended The Altaire Grand Opening celebration in Arlington enjoyed specialty cocktails, beer and wine, complimentary bites from local restaurants, live music, giveaways and grand tours of the luxury apartments. Photos: Mark Van Bergh

Photo: courtesy of The Study

The Study at Morrison House Brings Cocktails to Cozy Alexandria Space

It has always been said to never judge a book by its cover, at least that was always told to me as a child. This is how I felt as I approached Morrison House, a new member of the Autograph collection. As I opened the door I was greeted by a softly lit entrance with a fresh linen scent, almost as if I stepped right off King Street into a storybook, providing a quiet reprieve from the heat and chaos of the outside. I was swiftly swept into a cozy bar area, immediately made to feel at home.

The Study at Morrison House is an intimate bar located within Morrison House, a boutique hotel. Situated in a small residential street, just a block over from the hustle and bustle of King Street, they specialize in a seasonal rotation of small plates and signature house-made cocktails.

As I settled into the soft leather backed bar chairs, the bartender Cynthia immediately introduced herself and offered me the signature cocktail of the evening and the rest of the summer, the Gin Chamomile Milk Punch. The punch was incredibly refreshing, and proved to be a good choice even for those who are not fans of gin. The mixture of gin and chamomile was a lovely floral experience for the tongue, and the pre-frosted glasses were a nice added touch for the warm weather.

As the taste was something I had never encountered before, I was intrigued – so much so that I asked Cynthia how it was made. The process takes two days and involves a bottle of gin and many bags of chamomile tea, eventually combined together with milk. As the process is incredibly lengthy, she informed me she gages the necessity based on any events that are being hosted at the hotel.

As I sipped my punch, I noticed the variety of ages and faces around me, telling me that while it can feel like an old fashioned hotel from the outside, you walk in and all your expectations are immediately transformed, especially with the incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff. This space is made for everyone, no matter their age or food and drink favorites. Whether you want a small bite or a glass of local Virginia rosé, The Study at Morrison House has something to offer for your particular palate.

As I finished my drink, food slowly began to be passed around, starting with “Mom’s Pimento Cheese,” a creamy pimento cheese served on the flakiest crostini I have ever encountered. As soon as I finished my bite, I was able to speak to Chef Peter McCall, the mastermind behind the spot’s food program. He told me his focus was on seasonal ingredients and plates, he rotates the menu based on the fresh vegetables and other ingredients he can get from the farmer’s market. On top of that, he wanted the emphasis to be on the cocktails, with a nice flavorful bite to go along with their signature drinks. When I mentioned how much I enjoyed the pimento cheese, he smiled and said it was actually his mother’s recipe. The small plates aspect adds to the overall experience in the sense that you can hold a nice conversation and be able to enjoy rotating varieties of fresh food as well.

If you are looking for an elegant bar where you can come relax and enjoy a refreshing cocktail for a good value, The Study is the ideal place. The concept here is that of a best-kept secret, a place where you can have a cocktail and conversation, away from everything else going on. Especially in the hot days we are bound to encounter in the DC area’s summer, it is a welcome break from the overpowering haze and humidity outside.

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

This all-you-care-to-enjoy event at Bull Run Special Events Center included over 200 wines from 20+ Virginia wineries, special food pairings, live music and more. Photos: John Gervasi PhotoArts, LLC