Calling all fans of exotic and exclusive liquors! The Fountain Inn has reopened its historic doors to the public, with DC hospitality veteran Morgan Kirchner at the helm as general manager.
The tasting room boasts an impressive lineup of liquors sure to impress even the most worldly of liquor aficionados. Bottles of note include Hibiki 30 year and Macallan 30 year, among others, and even rarer bottles like Old Rip Van Winkle 25 year. The lengthy rare spirits list is sorted by region and guests can explore the menu through a curated spirits flight that highlights barrel finishes, the age of the liquor and a range of terroirs.
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While not everyone is knowledgeable about the intricacies of high-end liquor, the staff at The Fountain Inn is well-versed and eager to educate guests about the craft.
In addition to rare bottles, the bar also offers cocktails from late 18th century recipes, such as the Syllabub and the Rattle-Skull. For guests not into drinking, the bar also offers small plates and non-alcoholic beverages.
“We have an incredible opportunity and responsibility to not only restore the historic past of The Fountain Inn by not only celebrating the founders who once enjoyed a fine whiskey at this establishment, but also creating a space where locals, visitors and members of the Georgetown community can help us make our mark on history,” said Viyas Sundaram, Founder of The Fountain Inn.
The interior suits the rich historic theme perfectly with dark brown leather, jewel tones and gold accents, all cozily situated in just 1,500 square feet with 21 seats for guests. The space was designed by DC-based architecture and design firm, //3877.
The original Fountain Inn is said to have been founded in 1783 by clockmaker John Suter, as a place to stop when traveling through DC. While the location may not be exactly the same as it once was, the spirit of the space is still strong and will immediately transport guests back to the days of George Washington.
The Fountain Inn maintains that the venue was where a historic election debate between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson was held in 1800. George Washington met with Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant and Andrew Ellicott to design the city of DC at The Fountain Inn, as well.
Taste the spirits that got the revolutionaries through the war, and get inspired by DC’s rich history with a rare spirits tasting at The Fountain Inn.
Find The Fountain Inn at 1659 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Reservations can be made here.
Photography by: The Fountain Inn