Adams Morgan favorite Lapop relaunching as cocktail bar February 20, 2019

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Adams Morgan favorite Lapop — the bohemian, subterranean cultural salon where vintage books, great coffee, yoga, and conversation come together daily — will now be open late nights offering an equally unique new cocktail and food menu.

The relaunched 2,200-square-foot space, opening Wednesday, February 20, is located just a flight of stairs away from the elegant Afghan bistro, Lapis (also owned by the Popal family of Cafe Bonaparte and The Berliner) and will now be a standalone venue for cocktails and light fare in the evening. Lapop — “Popal” spelled backward — pays homage to 19th-century Parisian and Viennese cafes where intellectuals and artists gathered to share ideas over good food and drinks. The space is outfitted with comfortable leather couches, Afghan rugs, warm lighting and an array of books, board games, and nooks for those seeking an escape.

“With Lapis and Lapop, we lucked out with a structure that is quite large and has lots of room to play around with different ideas and concepts,” owner Omar Popal says. “Adding a cocktail bar to the space seemed like the perfect way to give our loyal guests a completely new way to experience our outstanding food and drink.”

What initially began as a limited-run, unheralded pop-up coffee shop is now an official evening destination. Ten new cocktails are named after books found on the shelves, including the “None of Us Cared for Kate,” a mix of mezcal, orange, and lime topped with housemade kiwi-ginger-habanero soda and “Green Darkness,” made with rum, pistachio cream, demerara and iced coffee, served in a Tiki mug. Cocktails, beer and a highly curated, off-the-beaten-path wine menu of three reds and three whites will rotate every month courtesy of Wine Director Rachel Crossno and Head Mixologist Gordon Nester.

The equally unique small bites menu, exclusive to Lapop, includes sautéed turmeric-ginger shrimp with red chutney, whipped feta with black bean salad, lamb meatballs with strained yogurt, mint, cucumber and pickled red onions and much more.

Lapop will be open for drinks Wednesday through Sunday, 6 pm to close and will serve lunch — bento boxes, smoothies, acai bowls, salads, and soups — each weekday from 11 am to 3 pm, with Lapis brunch available on the weekends. The newly rebranded cocktail bar will also host weekly events such as live music, talks, dancing, yoga classes and more.

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