“I realized this important bit about drinking: It has done more for humanity than we often realize, from the origins of agriculture to its role in spiritual and religious ceremonies.”

Derek Brown for Liquor.com's Raising the Bar: Derek Brown.

"Drinks are a conversation with the world - they're about history, nature and people - and all of the things in a cocktail harken back to who we are." 

Derek Brown for Imbibe Magazine's 2015 Bartender of the Year Feature.

 

Our Vision

 

Authenticity

We believe authentic culinary products and experiences, including drinks and drinking, are defined by their relationship to the culture and environment where they are made or consumed. They must mean something to their producers and consumers and exhibit characteristics of where they are from. We are storytellers at heart and believe these are the stories worth telling.

Discovery

We help people discover authentic culinary products and experiences by bringing them to our bars, sharing their stories in the media and even by crafting the products ourselves. We believe that the story of homo ludens (humans as drinkers) is ongoing and that it is our pleasure to be part of it 

Influence

We educate people about the need to preserve and share authentic culinary products, practices and producers and how they weave into the framework of our social life and cultural heritage. We want to be advocates for the good life, reminding people that these products and experiences are not superfluous to life. They are often what make life worth living.

 

Our Mission

 

Hospitality

We create unique spaces that highlight our vision, offering the highest level of service and hospitality.

Knowledge

We empower our staff and guests with knowledge by telling the stories of the provenance, people and places behind authentic culinary products and experiences.

Craftsmanship

We create great drinks and food using both traditional and modern techniques, ushering in a new generation of authentic culinary product and experiences.

 

"These are things I love, and I had the opportunity - I think any passionate bartender would do the same."

Derek Brown for Imbibe Magazine's 2015 Bartender of the Year Feature.

 

POP-UP BAR(PUB)

PUB is a rotating pop-up bar that houses thematic bars created by Drink Company such as Miracle on 7th Street, Cherry Blossom PUB and Game of Thrones PUB. Our first pop-up bar was in the Winter 2015 when we partnered with Cocktail Kingdom to create the first "Miracle" franchise outside of New York City. Since then we have held multiple themes and welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors.

PUB specializes in elaborate decorations created by our design team alongside specialty cocktails that draw from the classics with fun, irreverent names and garnishes. At PUB, guests are treated to immersive, one-of-a-kind experiences. 

www.popupbardc.com

 

Columbia Room

Columbia Room is a bar created by Derek Brown where cocktails and cuisine merge to create a memorable experience. The Columbia Room is composed of three distinct spaces—our Tasting Room, Spirits Library and Punch Garden. In 2017, the Columbia Room was awarded "Best American Cocktail Bar" at the prestigious Spirited Awards.

Throughout Columbia Room we believe in exceptional service, meticulously crafted drinks and exquisitely made dishes, and have won numerous accolades as proof of our sincerity. But our true goal is to wow and amaze the guests we serve.

www.columbiaroomdc.com