Most of you have celebrated Cinco de Mayo with tacos and margaritas. How about stepping it up a notch with LA-style tacos and a vast menu of pairing tequilas? That’s right, Spotluck spot Johnny Pistolas puts a fresh twist on a perennial favorite. This Mexican Taqueria bar is the closest you’ll get to that authentic west coast cuisine. Come out tonight and enjoy a live DJ and Salsa dancers, $2.00 tacos, plus beer, margarita and tequila specials. And they’ll have a Piñata for you to beat to pieces.

Can’t make it tonight? Well they also host a bottomless Bruncharia every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:30 am! This unique style of brunch features roving servers dispensing a never-ending selection of delicious brunch goodies.


Johnny Pistolas
2333 18TH ST NW
(202) 817-3255


Monday: 4:30 pm – 1:30 am
Tuesday: 4:30 pm – 1:30 am
Wednesday: 4:30 pm – 1:30 am
Thursday: 4:30 pm – 1:30 am
Friday: 4:30 pm – 2:30 am
Saturday: 4:30 pm – 2:30 am
Sunday: 4:30 pm – 1:30 am


Spotluck Spotlight: Bourbon

Nestled in the heart of Adams Morgan, less than a mile from the Metro’s red line, you’ll find neighborhood favorite, Bourbon. This renowned Spot perfectly encapsulates the vibes of AdMo. A solid menu of spruced-up classics (knife n’ fork chicken nuggets, crab cake sliders?!?) is accompanied by cocktails crafted by seasoned mixologists and a bourbon menu that would make a Kentuckian feel right at home. And enjoy all of this on an open-air back patio that embodies the lounginess found in many Spots along its stretch. Oh, and they really have an awesome front door – so walk right on in.

Have a late Saturday night? Bourbon has the cure with an all-day Sunday brunch. Visit them this Saturday for a special Kentucky Derby celebration featuring juleps and drink specials.


Bourbon Adams Morgan
2321 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Monday 5:00 pm – 1:30 am
Tuesday 5:00 pm – 1:30 am
Wednesday 5:00 pm – 1:30 am
Thursday 5:00 pm – 1:30 am
Friday 5:00 pm – 1:30 am
Saturday 5:00 – 10:30 pm
Sunday 5:00 – 10:30 pm

Spotluck Spotlight: Southern Hospitality

If you’re trekking from the red line to Adams Morgan, one of the first restaurants you’ll see is Southern Hospitality (SoHo).  On the corner of Adams Mill Rd. & Columbia Rd., you’ll notice their covered outdoor patio, ready to welcome you with delectable southern-inspired food and drinks.

Southern Hospitality lives up to their name by providing a combination of hearty food & big portions. All paired with a nice variety of craft beers or an inventive house cocktail. Brunch, lunch, or dinner, you’ll be leaving happy with enlightened tastebuds and a full belly. So take a spin with Spotluck and get ready to enjoy some southern comfort in Washington DC. Be the first to hit SoHo after this post, and the meal’s on us (you’ll notice the “100%” – see our earlier blog post for details)!!



Southern Hospitality
1815 Adams Mill Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

Monday: 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Tuesday: 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Wednesday: 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Thursday: 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Friday: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Sunday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am

Introducing The Spotlight Spin – 100% OFF!

Each time we Spotlight one of our Spots, we’re giving 100% off to the next person that lands on that Spot.  It’s our way of sharing a bit of local deliciousness.  Keep an eye on our blog and social media for our Spotlights and aim for that 100% on the spin wheel!

It’s good for the day, and as with all Spotluck discounts, limited to $50 max. For more details visit our rules page.

Spotluck Spotlight: Mistero Bar & Italian Grille



Home is where the heart is, and in the case of Mistero Bar & Italian Grille, that place is in the kitchen.  Let them welcome you to their home. Owner David Kline opened his Italian Spot in early 2012 and embarked on a mission to provide his guests with the highest degree of service possible and the freshest, finest quality food at reasonable prices, all in a soothing and comfortable environment. Many Mistero loyalists consider it a hidden gem, as the Spot is tucked off of Market Street behind the Church Street parking garage (see red pin in map below).

As the weather warms up this Spring, Mistero will offer an al fresco option on its new patio. So take a spin with Mistero on Spotluck, and enjoy the wonderful cuisine of classic Italian dishes and delicious drinks from their bar!


Mistero Bar & Italian Grille
18 Market Space
Frederick, MD 21701

Sunday-Monday: 11AM-10PM

Spotluck Spotlight: The Cellar Door



Resting just below the street level bustle of Frederick, The Cellar Door is a favorite Spotluck hangout Spot. Residing in the cozy space formerly occupied by The Brown Pelican, you’ll find a good-natured crowd most any night. Whether you want to hear the newest and rawest tunes (Tuesday, Open Mic Night), impress your friends with your knowledge of arcane facts (Wednesday, Trivia Night), nail that one killer karaoke song in your repertoire (Thursday, Karaoke Night) or bust moves to throwback hits (Friday/Saturday Live Music), spin over to The Cellar Door for all that and more. Oh, and they also boast an impressive menu of incredibly fresh Chespeake cuisine.


The Cellar Door
5 East Church & Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Tuesday – Friday 3pm – close
Saturday 12pm – close
Sunday   11am – close
Closed Mondays


Spotluck Spotlight: St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar

Mussels, mussels, mussels and more mussels. Did we mention mussels? St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar is the place to be if you’re craving mussels deliciously prepared in multiple ways. They also have other great options, such as tasty sandwiches and mouth-watering entrees. However, let’s not forget the origin of their name :

“Every Saint needs a miracle. That’s how the Church decides you are a Saint. “Don’t drink the water, drink beer” warned Saint Arnold of Metz , concerned about the dangers of drinking impure water, while the boiled and processed water used for beer was a safer alternative.

According to the legend he ended a plague when he submerged his crucifix into a brew kettle and persuaded people to drink only beer from that “blessed” kettle. The story of the miracle kettle of beer spread and eventually Arnold was canonized by the Catholic Church for it.”

Inspired by this legendary story, the restaurant is known for their extensive beer selection.  They offer over 35 beers that will pair perfectly with your meal.  So take a spin with Spotluck, and enjoy this Cleveland Park staple!


St. Arnold’s Cleveland Park
3433 Connecticut Ave. Nw
Washington DC 20008

Mon-Thurs: Noon-2am
Fri: Noon-3am
Fri: 11am-3am
Sun: 11am-2am

Spotluck Spotlight: Vini Culture



Does pouring your own wine in a restaurant sound too good to be true? Brace yourself, because Spotluck partners with Vini Culture Wine Bar & Cafe in Frederick to bring you just that experience. This wine bar uses enomatic dispensers (i.e. high-tech spouts) that allow you to decide the amount of each wine you wish to try. You can also pair your wine with tasty options from their food menu such as charcuterie, cheeses, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches, and more. And, Vini Culture has an awesome selection of local draft beers. So if you’re in the mood for a do-it-yourself wine tour, a bite to eat, or both, Vini Culture Wine Bar & Cafe is your answer.


Vini Culture Wine Bar & Cafe
20 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701

Monday – Thursday :
3:00pm – 10:00pm

3:00pm – 12:00am

12:00pm – 12:00am

Sunday :
12:00pm – 8:00pm

Spotluck Spotlight: JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House



Sometimes you want a delicious farm-to-fork meal. Sometimes you’re in the mood for pub revelry. With our Frederick Spotluck partner, JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House, you can have both! When Jeff & Joanna (“JoJo”) Button opened JoJo’s in 2012, they created a Spot for everyone. Chat it up with the regulars or listen to live music as you try 20 draft beers on the Tap House side. Or sit in the dining room for dinner that may or may not include the pan seared Louisiana alligator off of their extensive menu. Either way, this incredible Frederick Spot will satisfy whatever you crave.


JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House
16 E. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701

Mon-Sat: 11:30 am-2:00
Sun: 11:00 am- 2:00 am

Spotluck Spotlight: Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge & Clyde’s of Chevy Chase



We’re excited to announce that Tower Oaks Lodge in Rockville and Clyde’s of Chevy Chase have joined Spotluck. Nothing says local like Clyde’s, which has been serving authentic food and unique drinks in the D.C. area for over 50 years. Both new Spots offer diverse menus for brunch, lunch, dinner, late night meals, and drinks. 


Clyde's Tower Oak Lodge
Clyde’s Tower Oak Lodge


Each of our new Spotluck locations has been designed with beautiful aesthetics and a sense of history. Inside the Tower Oaks Lodge, “The Big Room” is framed with a two-story, 200 year-old timber barn from Vermont. The surrounding rooms are filled with hand-crafted wood furniture, stone fireplaces and skylights, making customers feel as if they were dining in a ski lodge, right in the heart Rockville. Clyde’s of Chevy Chase was designed with a theme of “yesteryear’s travel,” with dining rooms modeled after that transcontinental train, the Orient Express, and a race bar that any sports car enthusiast would love.


Clyde's of Chevy Chase
Clyde’s of Chevy Chase


So add Clyde’s to your next Spotluck Spin in our Rockville & Tenleytown / Friendship Heights Hubs. After one trip, you’ll understand why Clyde’s is such a community staple and a favorite for locals and out-of-towners for over half a century.