Monday, October 23, 2017

Dining Out: NEW Insta-Worthy Restaurant in Clarendon

Wilson Hardware, a three-tiered contemporary American restaurant and lounge, has opened in Arlington! In the heart of downtown Clarendon and a ten minute uber from the Georgetown waterfront, this chic bar is THE new hotspot! 

The spacious venue has five different areas throughout, including multiple different bars inside and out, a relaxing lounge, and cozy dining spots. Decorated with metal chandeliers, exposed brick walls, modern barstools, candlelit seating areas and a large colorful mural, it is the perfect spot for any type of group. The new Hardware shop has nine flat inch televisions interspersed throughout the dining areas for fans to root for the Nats and Redskins, intimate booths for the perfect day night, casual rooftop seating, and a DJ booth for crazy weekend nights! 

The new Clarendon storefront Wilson Hardware is in honor of Virginia Hardware, a real hardware shop that was located in that exact spot from the 1960s to the early 2000s. The food has many Hardware Store references, labeling the entree menu as "Power Tools" and the sandwiches and burgers as "Hand Tools." The menu features shareables and individual options, including corn roasted cheeseballs with spicy aioli, salads you can add shrimp, chicken, salmon, or steak to, avocado burgers with Hardware's special sauce topped with a grilled egg and a brioche bun, and bacon mac with asiago, gouda, parmesan, and cheddar. 

The most sought after drink at Wilson Hardware is "Bright Idea," a $23 cocktail that is served in a multi-color light-up light-bulb in an ice bucket. This two-person drink has tequila, lime, grapefruit, strawberry, aperol, and sparkling wine. Other unique cocktails that have names with hardware store references include: 

"Nailed It" 
**Slushy Cocktail
Bourbon, Ango bitters, Peach, Lamon, Rosemary 

**Slushy Cocktail
Rose, Vodka, Cantaloupe, Lemon, Ancho chile, Mint 

"Adjustable Wrench"
Bourbon, Rum, Vanilla, Chocolate bitters
bourbon, rum, vanilla, chocolate bitters
"Liquidated Damages"
Gin, Aquavit, Vermouth, Orange bitters 

"Supply Run"
White Rum, Pineapple, Cucumber, Honey, Basil 

"Permit Denied"
Tequila, Watermelon, Lime, Agave, Mint 

"Screw Him"
Vodka, Lychee, Hibiscus, Lemon, Champagne, Majoram

Wilson Hardware is located at 2915 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201. The new restaurant is open Monday-Friday from 4pm-2am, and Saturday-Sunday from 11:30am-2am. Wilson Hardware also has an amazing Happy Hour from Monday-Friday from 4-7pm, and they are in the process of creating a brunch menu! Make reservations for this new restaurant and lounge here, and go to Wilson Hardware for menu options and more information. 

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