Cotton & Reed

4.9
32 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.

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, latest, due to DC's current COVID regulations.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff 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 32 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 February 20, 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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Mbiancab
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 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
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 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 November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the new annex next door! Great service also!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 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 November 8, 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 November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music, drinks and ambience!!

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Cait
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 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 October 31, 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 October 10, 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 October 2, 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 October 1, 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 September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

A great day spent on the patio enjoying delicious cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 25, 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 September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CusterWolf
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MG
MollyG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipML189
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 3, 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.

JP
JenniferP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 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 August 22, 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 August 22, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

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Antonio
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 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.

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JWDC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food1service4ambience5

Excellent drinks on a nice patio, but at a steep incline. You need to order food there but I strongly recommend bringing your own anyways.

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Cait
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing flavors, creative cocktails, super cute decor and great team. Everyone very thoughtful about masks and social distance. And playlist everyone can love. Will be back!

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vipAMHess
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Always amazing cocktails! Love that you can bring food from Union Market to enjoy with drinks. Long live the Strawb Job.

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vipAfnyc
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

La Famosa was doing a pop up and the food was good!

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WhyIsTheRumGone
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here to visit their wide open patio, where face masks are still required when ordering food and moving about. Overall, everything was clean and well kept. Tables were appropriately apart from each other, service was was attentive, and the drinks were so good that we just had to take a bottle of their spiced rum home! Fully recommend and plan to go back again.

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vipAMHess
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails! I've never really been a rum or frozen cocktail drinker, but the "Strawb Job" is incredible. The patio is nice in the shade, a perfect summer hangout. The staff are lovely. I only wish there were a few more/better food options, then they would really have it all.

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MikeF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setup for socially distanced cocktails. The staff was very attentive and did a great job respecting all the present rules regarding COVID.

Cocktails themselves were delicious! Highly recommend the watermelon special and the red beard.

The snacks were also good, recommend the corn!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done an excellent job with making me feel safe due to COVID. Their drinks are delicious as always! The out door patio is cute and fun. The staff was as friendly as can be. Highly recommend for an outing

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience4

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FAQs

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

Cotton & Reed is rated 4.9 stars by 32 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 reservations at the moment.