In honor of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise Oct. 5, bars and restaurants in Washington, D.C. are celebrating with Bond-inspired cocktails and menus. Oct. 5 marks a half-century since the U.K. release of Dr. No.
Bar Dupont at The Dupont Circle Hotel is rolling out the red carpet, literally, for Bond’s favorite cocktails crafted by Brian Collins. Drinks include the Vesper Martini, vodka martinis, Scotch and sodas, vodka tonics, Americanos, Old Fashioneds, and the Black Velvet cocktail. The Bond cocktails are $11 and $12.
For those seeking to dine like 007, the Plume at The Jefferson is serving a special $130 James Bond tasting menu Oct. 5 and 6. Bond aficionados executive chef Chris Jakubiec and wine director Michael Scaffidi have created a menu inspired by Bond and his adventures, with courses like grilled octopus with cumin-scented eggplant caviar and coconut curry sauce in honor of Octopussy; pavé of Kobe beef with "Space Age accompaniments" as a nod to Moonraker; and s baked Alaska tropical volcano of orange and ginger ice creams, cocoa streusel, and orange "lava" as an ode to For Your Eyes Only. The meal concludes with chocolate Chinese throwing stars to take home. For $215 the meal can be paired with either a "classic wine experience" or for $295, a "premium wine experience."
But it’s not just restaurants and bars that are celebrating. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles is marking the occasion with a concert of Bond title sequences, MoMA is hosting a film retrospective, and Bond will be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Skyfall, the 23rd film in the series, debuts in November. We’ll drink to that and make it a double.
Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.