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Washington, D.C.'s U Street gets Quarter + Glory

PHOTO: Quarter + Glory courtesy of Daniel Swartz

Adding to the glut of new restaurant openings on 14th Street -- as well as the trend of New Yorkers taking aim at sister/rival city Washington, D.C. -- is American cocktail bar Quarter+Glory.

Opening today at 4:30 pm, and conceptualized by Public House Collective who manage NYC nightlife destinations The Rum House and Ward III, those who still enjoy the crush of 14th Street will find at Quarter + Glory a modern take on the classic American watering holes of past generations. The goal of Ryan P. Burke, President, and Kenneth B. McCoy, Chief Creative Officer, is to create a place "where all walks of life convened over a shot of whiskey, a cold beer or a simple cocktail and enjoyed good conversation in a convivial atmosphere."

Housed inside a building constructed in 1919, original brick walls set the scene while a 33-feet long oak bar top serves as a frontispiece to the stunning back bar that reaches all the way up to the lofty ceiling. The 44-seat space evokes a sophisticated handsomeness that is both timeless and effortless while custom lighting accents add curvature and softness, complementing some of the harder edges noticeable in features like brushed metal and marble utilized in the drink rails located around the room.

PHOTO: Quarter + Glory courtesy of Daniel Swartz

No word yet on the bar food menu, if any, but at the core of Quarter+Glory will be 25 seasonally rotating cocktails. Signature originals include:

  • the namesake Quarter+Glory cocktail --> a smooth new classic blending Brugal Añejo Rum and Cutty Sark Prohibition Scotch with Punt e Mes Vermouth, Gran Classico Bitters, Pok Pok Tamarind vinegar and salt;

  • Tyrone --> Cutty Sark Prohibition Scotch, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Montenegro Amaro, Giffard Banane Du Brésil, Orange Bitters, Whole Egg, topped off with Founders Porter and nutmeg; and

  • Burn This --> Hochstadters Straight Rye, Bonal, Cocchi Vermouth De Torino, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Benedictine and peated Scotch.

Cocktails on tap include the No Sé, a Barrel-Aged Ilegal Mezcal Negroni made with Campari and Cinzano Sweet Vermouth; and Jamie (Here’s How), combining Rittenhouse Rye, Gran Classico and Angostura Bitters with house carbonated Sarsaparilla.

PHOTO: Quarter + Glory cocktail courtesy of Paul Wagtouicz

Also, with 15 taps, the draught beer selection will be a platform for highlighting local breweries DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works and Right Proper Brewing Company, as well as regional U.S. favorites like Dogfish Head, Ommegang and Lagunitas. A selection of Boilermakers pairing beer or cider with a shot of rye, Bourbon, mezcal or Brennavín Icelandic schnapps will also be available to tempt the palate.

Quarter+Glory is truly an authentic ode to the bars of old New York that my father owned and operated, where folks from a cross section of society gathered to share great drinks and conversation with whomever happened to stride up to the bar,” said McCoy. “We chose D.C. as the place to take our first step outside of New York because the city has such a distinctive energy that feels very much in tune with our own. I think it’s fair to say that Washington, D.C. also captures the essence of Quarter+Glory, ‘Dignified for the Discerning and Bold for the Courageous.’”

Quarter+Glory, 2017 14th Street NW, will be open Sunday –Thursday from 4:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., and Friday –Saturday from 4:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

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