kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Killer Mojitos--and much more--coming in September

I've been to the Philly location of Cuba Libre several times. I love the Old Havana vibe, and years ago it was the first place I ever had a Mojito--and a pretty damn good one at that. (The bar is amazingly prolific, and can make a staggering number of the minty libation per evening. I've interviewed their bartenders for pieces for Nightclub and Bar and Wine Enthusiast, and gleaned some great tips and advice for whipping up my own tall cool ones.)

Next month, DC is getting our own Cuban invasion, as the preview opening of the District location is scheduled for September 17. It will open with a new menu specifically developed for Washington by Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot. Executive Chef Jason Kaufman will oversee the day-to-day operations of the kitchen and Washingtonians can look forward to a delicious menu showcasing the flavors of various Latin regions with a menu that features piqueos, small tasting plates ideal for experiencing a multitude of delicious flavor combinations.

Guests of the inspired “Nuevo Cubano” restaurant can also look forward to a 50% discount on their meal until September 23rd (excluding September 22nd as the restaurant will be closed for a private event). Then from September 24th-Sepetember 30th, guests can still enjoy a 25% discount before the full price menu begins on October 1st. This special savings only applies to the cuisine (beverages will be offered at full price) during this preview period and is available at dinner service, which is served daily from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. Cuba Libre will also open for lunch in October.

Cuba Libre’s menu showcases the flavors of various Latin regions and combines beef, poultry, pork and seafood with exotic fruits and vegetables, herbs and seasonings.  Pernot’s dishes recognize the diversity of the Cuban people, reaching beyond the dominant Spanish influence to represent the native Tainos, as well as the African, Asian and Haitian-Creole peoples that have inhabited Cuba for centuries. Pernot incorporates seasonal changes into the brunch, lunch and dinner menus, with entrée prices ranging $19-32.

The menu will showcase a variety of tempting ceviches from Chef Pernot’s James Beard Award-winning cookbook, ¡Ceviche! Seafood, Salads and Cocktails with a Latino Twist. Featuring sustainable fish like salmon, scallops and crabmeat, the ceviches will be available separately or in flights ($25 for five).

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is located at 801 A 9th Street (corner of H Street), NW in Washington, D.C. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar will serve lunch weekdays, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and dinner nightly. For more information please call (202) 408-1600 or visit