Arlington’s Best-Kept Cocktail Bar Secret

Well, now the word is out. And they offer mixology classes, too.

Robert Taylor at Fyve. Photo by Erick Gibson.

Robert Taylor has been the head mixologist at the Ritz-Carlton’s Fyve Lounge in Pentagon City for 22 years, and he’s still going as strong as a super-dry martini. Locals are drawn to his bar not simply for the quietude (which isn’t easy to find these days), but also for the top-notch service and well-crafted, creative cocktails.

His most buzzworthy libation is perhaps his levitating cocktail—a potion whose color changes as he mixes the ingredients (butterfly pea flower tea, gin, St-Germain) in a glass that hovers in thin air above its base. The trick is a process called “quantum locking” that uses magnets and an electrical field.

Taylor’s not inclined to give away all of his secrets, but you can learn a thing or two about mixology in his cleverly named “Taylor Made” cocktail classes. One upcoming tutorial on Jan. 19 will feature two libations: the Red, White and Blue Libertini, featuring vodka and blue curacao; and the bourbon-and-St-Germain-based Puzzle Palace. On Feb. 16, participants in a special Valentine’s class will learn to mix up a Love Martini (vodka, schnapps, rum) and a Half-Sized Negroni, with mezcal standing in for gin.

Classes are held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at communal tables in the Ritz-Carlton’s swanky bar. The $35 per person price (10 people max) includes light bites such as charcuterie and cheese, crabcake sliders and coconut shrimp. And, of course, you get to drink the cocktails you make.

Related Stories

Categories: Food & Drink