As you may have heard, Hank’s Oyster Bar on Q St NW has recently expanded, and WOW have they stepped it up a notch! I was able to check out the newly remodeled Hank’s Oyster Bar last night, and I was just delighted with everything in store for me there. The staff couldn’t have been nicer- manager Jeff, head chef and owner Jamie, mixologist Megan, and many others are ready and willing to attend to your every need, and are great at suggesting a cocktail or appetizer to try. Jeff was kind enough to give me a tour of the new space. Hank’s has expanded into the former apartment building next door, and in doing so, doubled their size. The new space is a series of four themed rooms, each with its own distinctive look. My favorite was the “Charc” room, which featured a marble bar overlooking the charcuterie station, surrounded by exposed brick walls.
The Charc room is where I was able to enjoy my sampling of food and drink. The first cocktail I tried, The Getaway, I dare say was the best cocktail I’ve had in a long, long time. Vodka, grapefruit juice, a housemade cinnamon-clove syrup, and squeeze of lime was simply delightful over crushed ice. Another great pleasure was the giant bowl of Church Lady Punch, a mixture of sparkling wine, vodka, fruit, and- oh yes- rainbow sherbet! Delish!
The bar menu served at Hank’s is scrumptious medley of varying snacks, a great sampling from which to make a light meal. The charcuterie and cheese plates were excellent, the presentation made even better by the stone slab they were served on. Homemade chips with pan roasted onion dip and homemade soft pretzels with beer cheese sauce are better than any tailgating food you’ll try this football season. Truffled popcorn is sinfully good. And of course, the oysters! Hank’s regularly features several varieties of oysters on the menu, and chef Jamie Leeds even has her own batch of oysters growing off the Chesapeake Bay, named after her son Hayden. Served with a spicy cocktail or mignonette sauce, these oysters are as good as it gets.
Even though Hank’s Oyster Bar is twice the size it used to be, it’s quite possible it’s now twice as busy! Let the crowds serve as your guide- this is a DC spot not to be missed! Get shucking!