Spontaneous date nights are my favorite. And by spontaneous, I mean planned that morning and anticipated all day… Last Wednesday I received a facebook reminder that dueling pianos were going to be at Whiskey House that night and immediately asked Adam if we could go. He quickly agreed, Adam will agree to anything involving whiskey!
This was the second time in two weeks that we went to Whiskey House after it not really being on our radar. We got there around 6:45, the pianos were supposed to get started at 7. We sat at the bar again and there were a few people at tables but it was more empty than I expected. The bartender was very quick to welcome us and kept our glasses full all night. I went to a wine night, Adam started with beer. We ordered the brussel sprouts appetizer, I ordered the bourbon mac n cheese as my entree and Adam ordered the pulled brisket poutine. The bartender suggested he had it with sweet potato fries instead of regular so he went with that option.
The flavor of the brussel sprouts was really good but it was so challenging to eat, especially as something to share. It was more of a shredded brussel sprouts salad that I would happily order as a side to a main dish but struggled to not spill all over as Adam and I tried to share it.
My mac n cheese was delicious! It is the second time I ordered the dish and it is a favorite. 5 types of cheeses, it is VERY rich and I can never eat more than half. Adam helped me with some but I still took a third home as leftovers. Adam also returned to his favorite dish here and ate every bite of the pulled brisket poutine. I mean, how can you go wrong with anything that is covered in gravy and cheese curds? He also topped off the night with an old fashioned and said it was the best part of his night!
The dueling pianos were very entertaining! The first time we went to Whiskey House we thought the live music was really too loud to enjoy (not to sound like old people but it is tough to scream at your tablemates during dinner). I thought the balance was a lot better this time. Definitely loud, live music but not uncomfortable.
Whiskey House has a comfortable, classy vibe that is a nice change from some of the bigger restaurants in the District. The bartenders are excellent, there is extensive drink variety, and the food is creative but approachable. Definitely a place to check out and then continue returning to!
You tell me:
- Do you like having dinner at places with live music?
- Do you think live music should be more in the background or the main event at a restaurant/bar?