Join the dark side, we have cocktails. Share a drink with Darth Vader while watching sexy Rebel Pilot dance at Star Wars bar The Dark Side on H Street NE in Washington DC. Now is a perfect time to go on a fun costume adventure as Star Wars Last Jedi is in the movies. Plus who doesn’t want to play with Darth Vader and his big and thick lightsaber? Let’s just say the force is strong with him oh in so many ways than one. He was a bit shorter then we remember in the movies. Even shorter then stormtrooper, maybe its a Luck Skywalker in disguise since Darth Vader is quite tall. We got to meet and drink with some very fun Imperial officers and few rebels. Maybe someone did a Jedi trick on them. You know, these are not the rebels you looking for ;).
Just in case you are wondering the Dark Side Bar is not by the same people who did the Game of Thrones Pop Up Bar. What set this place apart was no need for super long lines with 2 hour wait time. Here, you can reserve a time slot for $30 or do a walk in for $40. Drinks are also very different, at Star Wars Bar most drinks will either bubble smoke and light up for that extra power of the Force. Even though you pay an entry fee, it comes with two complimentary drinks per person. It’s so worth it since you would pay that much for them anyway. Unlike other themed pop-up bars this one as food. Though don’t get too excited, it’s more of regular bar food renamed with Star Wars names. Watch our video below for the full walkthrough, drinks, and dancing Vader. Just love the fact we had a set time, we go there, and were inside within a few minutes. We did arrive on an earlier side at 6 pm right as they open because we wanted to grab a table. Its a bar, so let’s start drinking!
Inside of Dark Side Bar
Blue Force Cocktail (5 NOMs)
Forget the light or dark side of the force, its all about the blue with this Blue Force Cocktail. What a great combination of gin, blue curacao, and Lemondate. One of our favorite drinks at this fun Star Wars Bar. Just in case you were wondering because we were the blue curacao is a liqueur made with dried peels of bitter orange fruit from Curaçao in the Caribbean Sea near Venezuela. The presentation alone was amazing with beautiful blue, with mist coming out of it, and lights. You might just get drunk of this one glass as its the size of your hand, and we have huge hands. You know what they say about people with large hands? Large lightsabers!!! We felt the power of the force with how sweet and very nomnom this drink was.
Red Force Cocktail (5 NOMs)
A drink Darth Vader would enjoy at his lava castle on Mustafar, the Red Force Cocktail. It’s glowing with the power of the Sith combining Cherry Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Grenadine, and Pineapple Juice. Many thinks have this smoky mist, but this drink is more bobbly. It was bobbling so much that our table got a bit wet and we needed an extra napkin or two. Big question how would Vader drink through his helmet? Combination of strong liquor and sweet flavors it was our second favorite drink.
The Imperial Cocktail (3 NOMs)
The drink is on fire! Just like the enemies of the empire, bye bye Alderon. Strong drink is perfect for every soldier fighting the rebels and making the galaxy a safer place. The Imperial Cocktails will give you the kick of the Empire. Drink much heavier on rum side which very much dominated the drink. It was as strong as the Star Destroyer. Not our favorite drink as it was a bit too heavy on liquor side, but we think rum fans will enjoy it. All of it makes you want to slowly sip this drink as your share the war stories of fighting Ewoks.
Dark Side Cocktail (2 NOMs)
Dark Side rules the galaxy and if you can’t beat them then join them, at least for a drink with Dark Side Cocktail. The dark side always has this mysterious allure so would a drink too? Sadly not so much, this very much felt like whiskey and coke drink. Presentation with smoky mist was nice, but the flavor just did not deliver for us. This drink is a combination of whiskey, blackberry schnapps, and lime juice. We tent to like more sweet and fun drinks, so for us, it was more of a storm trooper’s aim kind of a drink. It could be that dark side has no power over us 😛
Bantha Fodder Sliders (3 NOMs)
Join the Sand People of Tatooine for some meaty goodness of Bantha Fodder Sliders. Banthas are the cows of the Star Wars galaxy; this is who makes the blue milk Luke drinks in New Hope. Most memorable instances are the ones used as mounts by sand people on Tatooine. These sliders are pretty standard bar food with short rib beef, cheddar, jalapeno, black pepper mayo with some fries. They were very meaty with a very nice kick to them. We especially liked the jalapeno and black pepper mayo that balanced out other ingredients. Almost left us wanting it to be a bit more star warsy. Maybe something blue or more out there. They are good, but good for a regular bar not for Star Wars Bar.
Force Sabers Skewers (3 NOMs)
Every Jedi and Sith needs their lightsaber to channel the force like these Force Sabers Skewers. Did you know that Sith used synthetic kyber crystals in their sabers? Similarly, it left us feeling the force was missing. Overall they are good with a nice lemon yogurt sauce, but like the sliders, they were missing that geeky fun of Star Wars. It was a lightsaber, but it might have been missing its kyber crystal. NOt a bad dish, but when you do a themed bar, you need to bring up your food game.
816 H St North East 2nd Floor, Washington DC