If the devil is in the details, then these cocktails are diabolical. D.C. is host to some epic halloween gatherings, including the 21st Annual Nightmare on M Street Bar Crawl, which includes stops at fan favorite stops Dirty Martini, Rosebar Lounge, and City Tap House Dupont. These locations and more offer $3 beers, $4 rail drinks, and $5 shots throughout the event.

Halloween parties are not exclusive to the pubs as Night of the Living Zoo hosts a costume dance party at the National Zoo.

For more of a traditional celebrate, visit Oyamel for one of their Day of the Dead Cocktail Dinners. Oyamel is home to the Biggest Day of the Dead Festival in DC, so this event offers plenty of “spirited” fun.

If you can’t wait for one of these events to begin, have a ghoulish good time all October long as these specialty cocktails help celebrate the spookiest time of year. Whether you are looking for tricks-or-treats, these drinks will guarantee you a Happy Halloween season.

 13 Great Cocktails for the Season

Beetle House

816 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

For a spooky cocktail, look no further than Beetle House, DC’s year round Halloween-themed bar. First, this cocktail gets right to the point named This is Halloween.

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Fireball, Sour Apple, Pumpkin Liqueur, Apple Cider

On the list is this namesake cocktail, but don’t say it three times. The Beetle’s Juice is sure to be a season favorite. Other favorites include Coco Skellington and the less-intimidating-than-Scissorhands, Edward’s Lemonade.

halloween themed drinks Coco Skellington (Pictured Above)
Rum, Gin, Lime, Crème de Coconut, Orange Blossom
Edward’s Lemonade
Whiskey, Cherry, Orange, Splash of Simple Syrup
The Beetle’s Juice
Tequila, Muddled Blackberry, Cranberry Juice

Brabo Brasserie

1600 King St. Alexandria, Virginia, 22314
It’s witching season, so check out this spell-bindingly good cocktail. La Bruja, which translates to “the witch” is a combination of Espolon‎ tequila, ancho reyes, agave, lime, and house made ginger beer.

Truxton Inn

251 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Halloween season wouldn’t be the same without the cinematic horror classics from “the Master of Suspense.” Alfred Hitchcock’s film innovations are coming back to life in the form of specialty cocktails at the Truxton Inn. Starting with a classic franchise, Psycho, the groundbreaking film deserves an equally groundbreaking cocktail. Also in the line-up is Vertigo, a thrilling new drink and the Hitchcock Combo presenting a mix of the best.

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cotton & reed mellow gold rum, hamilton black rum, lime, fassionola

Vertigo (Pictured Above)
ilegal joven mezcal, cocchi americano, velvet falernum, lemon, ginger beer
Hitchcock Combo
can of narragansett and a bates shooter

Vinoteca DC

1940 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

El Diablo, a.k.a. “the devil,” is a devilish combo of tequila, hot ginger ale and the sweet, dark red liqueur, Crème de Cassis are topped with a spicy salt rim.

El Diablo
Tequila, Crème de Cassis, Lime Juice, Blenheim Hot Ginger Ale, Spicy Salt Rim


1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Watch any horror film and there’s a guarantee that There Will Be Blood. At the Mason & Rook Hotel, the Radiator Cocktail Bar features a hellish drink with Banks 5 rum, blood orange, rosemary, and lemon.

Dirty Habit

555 8th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Spice Halloween up a notch and try the Rolling Death, a blanco tequila cocktail with a kick that combines sweet mango with cayenne, lime, and ginger kombucha.

Pub Grimm

1825 7th St. NW, Ste. 1004, Washington, DC 20001

Finally, opening October 17, the latest annual pop-up creation from the Drink Company. Based on the legendary Grimm Brothers, Pub Grimm will serve fairytale inspired cocktails including the Fairest of Them All, a Snow White-themed drink combining apple with cider, maple, and whiskey.

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