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First Look at Church & State

n the greatest example of omnipotence, this bar offers indulgence and forgiveness, all in one place.  Owner Erik Holzherr actually raided a church to furnish his new bar Church & State.

Located above Fruit Bat, Church & State is dark, small and brings you to your knees.  Much like a confessional.  Yeah, about that.

The “Bill of Rights” lists ten classic cocktails of American origin, such as Martinis with gin or vodka, Gin Rickeys, Dacquiris and Aviators.

Enjoy a Jack Rose by the large, flower stained-glass window in the front of the bar.  The altar, if you will. Or take a seat on any number of wooden pews.

Enjoy a Mint Julep in the Pastor’s Study (you can even wear the Pastor’s robe), or take your Sazerac into the confessional. Just don’t spill it on your way out.

Church & State
1236 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Founder + Creative Director. Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.


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  1. John 27 January, 2011 at 14:20 Reply

    We met at the soft opening of Church and State last week. It was great to meet you. I’ve checked out your blog and I am very impressed. I’ve seen a lot of them, but yours is cool, entertaining and informative. Thanks for turning me on to it. I hope to see you in the future and keep up with the great work.

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