Go-to Spots for Amazing Cocktails Near The Dalton

When it comes to choosing the right place to live, the proximity to local hotspots is important to keep in mind. From coffee shops to grocery spots, it can be daunting picking the perfect hub. One of our main requirements is being located near some killer places to grab a cocktail, because sipping on something spiked can make any day a little bit better. Here are a few of our favorite local gems and one of their cocktails that help make the choice to live at The Dalton even more amazing.

The People’s Drug

One of our neighborhood favorites and a location we have to start with is The People’s Drug. Not only is their speakeasy ambiance one that keeps us coming back for more, but so is there cocktail list, of course. Whether you’re choosing from their classic cocktail menu or picking on from their list of seasonal concoctions, you’re sure to find your new favorite drink. It’s hard to narrow it down to our  go-to, but if we have to choose…we’d definitely go with the People’s Signature Old Fashioned. We promise, it’s a fan favorite for a reason. The ingredients list includes a few delicious additions, but bourbon mixed with orange bitters? Can’t go wrong. However, we’re also absolutely loving the seasonal Pistachio Mustachio’s mix of Bluecoat Gin infused with Cardamom, lemon juice and more. What’ll you get?


Another speakeasy style spot near us, and equally delicious, is PX. Not only does their reservation requirement make things mysterious, but their limit of only 25 people at a time does as well. When we visit, we absolutely have to order the The Ichabad Crane. Why? Well, it’s ingredient list of Calvados, Benedictine, house made pecan bitters, and toasted cinnamon syrup make it taste exactly like an apple pie. Need we say more? If you’re looking for something a little more classic, we suggest trying the Smoker’s Delight. It’s a mixture of bourbon, tobacco tea, honey syrup & lemon. Yum.

Captain Gregory’s 

Last, but certainly least, is Captain Gregory’s. This local gem is nautical themed, making it not only an amazingly tasty place, but a fun place, too. They offer a rotating menu of 15 cocktails every month, as well as Experimental Sundays, where an additional 3-4 drinks that each bartender created are added to the menu. Did we also mention they have something called Tiki Thursdays, where they feature 3-4 classic tiki drinks. Out of all of their amazing sips, one of our favorites is definitely their classic, old guard Hearty Breakfast cocktail of bacon fat rye, maple syrup, salt and black pepper. Cheers.

A Look Into Our Dalton Neighborhood

Spring weather has arrived, and that means we’re beginning to head out into our Alexandria surroundings to explore. Luckily, living at The Dalton places you in the center of some of the area’s best dining, entertainment & recreation options to enjoy. Need a helping hand when it comes to deciding where to go? Here are a few of our favorites local go-tos around our community that are guaranteed to become your new favorites as well.

Monterey’s Pizza

Already a highly regarded local gem of ours, Monterey’s Pizza just made our pizza cravings even easier to satisfy. They’ve established a location just steps from our door at The Dalton, so we can head over whenever we please. We can’t get enough of their cheesy breadsticks, and their Hawaiian Pizza glazed with olive oil is to die for. If you’re not a pineapple-on-pizza type of person, they’ve got a ton of other delicious pies to choose from. Is it dinner time yet?

Founder’s Park

If there’s one thing that Alexandria is good at, it’s providing stunning, spacious outdoor spots to spend time in. One of our area’s most well-known ones is Founder’s Park, which is just a 20-minute stroll from The Dalton. Not only is the park planted along the gorgeous Potomac River, but it’s right in Old Town Alexandria as well. The space is perfect for taking a riverfront stroll with friends, walking your pup, letting them roam free in the dog park, picnics and more. Plus, their gardens are an ideal spot for a photo op. We’ll see you there under the sun.

Old Town Alexandria

Perhaps the most unbeatable hot spot near our home, Old Town Alexandria embodies everything that we love about our home. With countless different experiences to choose from, you’ll never have a boring day when visiting. Take a spin on the The Capital Wheel, stroll through the blooming cherry blossom trees, or visit one of the many historical museums and landmarks. After working up an appetite, head to one of the many killer restaurants, such as The Majestic, Brabo or Bilbo Baggins Restaurant. After that, you can end the evening with some drinks or even a ghost tour, once the sun goes down. If none of that catches your attention, there’s various places to shop at as well. What’ll it be?