Cotton & Reed

4.9
49 reviews
$30 and under
Distillery
Cocktail Garden at DC's First-Ever Rum Distillery. We serve award-winning cocktails with our rums and a limited menu of snacks.

"Regular" tables are located in our Annex, an open-air warehouse with protection from wind and rain, strong heaters, and plenty of air circulation with one wall open to the outdoors.

Outdoor patio tables are available on a first-come first-serve basis. If you prefer an outdoor table, please note this in your reservation and we will accommodate to the best of our ability. Reservations are for 90 minutes.

We are studiously adhering to all DC safety guidelines and ask that our guests do the same. Please wear a mask!

Please note - per current DC regulations, all seated guests must order at least one food item per table. Maximum party size of 6.

Last call will be at 9:30 PM Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 PM Friday and Saturday due to DC's current COVID regulations.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 49 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Daniel
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The outdoor patio was a perfect experience and great service too!

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Lucas
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great drinks and service! Looking forward to the distillery tours!

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vipAllison
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Cotton & Reed and we can’t wait to go back. Ambience was great, space was clean and we had great service.

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Paigemaster21
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice setting at Union Market. Would absolutely go back.

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vipTaraC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

I took my sisters here when they visited and the vibe was amazing. The playlist was dope and the disco ball in the middle of the annex was a great addition. The hostess was great and our waitress was ok. The drinks had great presentation and tastes great. I should've bought a bottle of rum to take home, but forgot--an excuse to just go back for great drinks and a good time!

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alexaloma
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

I loved it.
Excelent cocktail offer
We will come back with friends

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vipVolo
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Loved the COVID-style space and noise level in the annex, but I think all the hard surfaces would make it uncomfortably loud in “normal” times. But you go for the rum and drinks, and those are awesome!

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Maria
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Very great place to hang out after a day at work. While they have a variety of drinks, they only have snacks (we got the lime peanuts)

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JoannaL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

Our server was amazing ! Very knowledgeable and very kind. We enjoyed our experience. I wish I could remember his name.

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vipKendallH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience4

Disco ball and banging playlist—yaaaas
Frozen mojito—not as yummy as it sounds
Mocha drank—get this!! Really tasty and hits the spot.
Food—there ain’t any! Just nuts. We chose the lime ones and they were aiiiight at best. Wish they had more food options.
Service—pretty mellow ie slow and unhurried. Friendly enough though.

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vipDisappointed
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

We had a very bad experience. Too many issues and too much drama to go into. Save yourself and go to any of the better places in immediate vicinity. The drinks are small and on the weak side. But, they ARE tasty which is the only positive takeaway.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The absolute best drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cotton + Reed is one of the best hidden bar spots in DC! Since COVID-19, they have created two open air spaces (one covered and one patio) that offer safe service and still maintain a fun vibe including the best tunes ALWAYS!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Cocomotion is so very very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We decided to try Cotton and Reed before our dinner and it was a great experience! We sat socially distanced outside in their heated warehouse and ordered their one flagship tasting ($16) to split, and everything on the bites menu. Music, vibe, and atmosphere was fun, and the staff were attentive and friendly. Highly recommend and I look forward to coming back to try the cocktails!

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vipMeghanS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Casual but exactly perfect at the same time

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was so nice and warm. The service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5Food3Service3Ambience5

Our first time here after many times walking by and loved the energy and honestly were the best cocktails in town!

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rhepar
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited Cotton and Reed and the Union Market area for the first time this weekend. A very cool area and a place I will keep an eye on as it keeps developing. As for Cotton and Reed all we can say is WOW. Great place, great service and Amazing Rum! The All Spice Dram is likely the best tasting Rum liqueur we have every had. The PX Dark is amazing as well. If you like Rum cancel your plans for next weekend whatever they are and book a table at Cotton and Reed. Lindsey was great!!

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DCdiner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s difficult to find safe places to meet or have a drink during covid. Their heated patio provides ample room for social distancing and is well ventilated. The staff adheres to safety guidelines and the cocktails are delicious. I highly recommend.

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DJBolden
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

First time here & it was great. The rum tasting flights are affordable and the atmosphere overall is great. There was great music & the tables are spread far enough apart to actually be socially distanced.

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vipanonymous
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the new annex next door! Great service also!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Love this place. Perfect for Sunday funday! The drinks are off the charts — cocolocomotion (or whatever the slushy thing is called) is so delicious but serious brain freeze and if you’re looking for a cocktail go for the Palumba Rumba or the Liquid Nostalgia (more bitter of a Sunkist!).

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BridgetW
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Awesome that they have outdoor, reserveable tables!! The tables are very well distanced from others, and service was prompt. Very thankful for their efforts to make a safe environment during these times!!

Also, the rum was great. We especially loved the Mellow Yellow and dram.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Music, drinks and ambience!!

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Cait
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cutest spot for all your pandemic cocktail needs -- socially distanced, bright colorful tables, best ever playlist, and AMAZING drinks. Drink local, support DC small business, and enjoy the most thoughtful flavors and crushable drinks.

perfect date spot. perfect friend hangout spot.

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SamE
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great outdoor seating a touch cold Saturday evening but we were informed they will be getting heaters and using a one side open storage room to convert into a winterized but still flowing air space. This spot was one of my favorites pre pandemic and will definitely back as they are definitely taking precautions to safe have folks order drinks and enjoy the “bar”.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

This was our first time at Cotton & Reed and we came for my brother in-laws anniversary. We were very excited but our server was not very helpful or interested in us. I will come back but will request that we be seated in a different servers area.

Side note: Bought a bottle of the Gold Rum and made drinks with it at home...it was AMAZING!!

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Brie
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All members of the staff were super friendly and informative. Entire area is a vibe!

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MollyG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, very safe setup with spaced outdoor seating, and clear expectations for everyone to follow the rules. Drinks excellent as always.

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Marianne
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience4

A great day spent on the patio enjoying delicious cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even with a little rain, it was very nice. Calm. Good outside seatinf

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ChristopherW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, relaxing, GREAT cocktails, creative and cute place. Trendy, clean. Love the indoor and now outdoor setup.

CW
CusterWolf
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great drinks and great service! Love the new Socially distant patio set up.

MG
MollyG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent covid procedures in place. Wonderful service, as always.

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vipML189
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice afternoon cocktail, hand sanitizer came with water, so thiughtful. Great service from waitress, recommended my cocktail, love my coco chicken subbies. Will be back again.

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JenniferP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The patio that they have built is very cute and spaced out nicely. I miss how many cocktails they used to have available pre-COVID but everything we had was delicious! I highly recommend if you are in the area to stop by and check it out!

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vipMatt
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you are near Union Markey Cotton & Reed is a place for really good cocktails in a fun environment.

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KimP
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Refreshing, reasonably priced cocktails served in a laid-back environment & by a friendly staff.

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Antonio
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Great distillery white rum was awesome 👌. I wish they had better light bites other than olive, toasted almond, and corn nuts. I get that its covid19, so no complaints. I would go back again. They give you sample sanitizer to take which was pretty cool.

FAQs

Cotton & Reed offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 544-2805.

Cotton & Reed is rated 4.9 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.