Tonic at Quigley’s Pharmacy is the present-day incarnation of a George Washington University institution. Since the late 19th century Quigley’s Pharmacy has been a staple for students – originally a fully functioning pharmacy, it was later expanded to include burgers, ice cream, and a soda fountain. Current owners Eric “Bernie” Bernstrom and Jeremy Pollok are dedicated to Quigley’s legacy as a popular watering hole and date spot for students, but their modern sensibility and food industry experience makes Tonic an appealing destination for area professionals as well.
A true neighborhood destination, Tonic offers something for everyone. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 PM – come for four-dollar drafts, bottled beers, or house wines, plus specially priced tater tots, nachos, and wings. If you’re in the mood for a nice lunch, try one of Tonic’s charming patio tables. They make a perfect place to enjoy a blackened salmon Caesar (unexpected and well-executed), or a pizza (nicely portioned for one). Tonic also makes a classy but inexpensive choice for date night – the entire lunch menu is available at dinner for the same prices, but the entrée section is more diverse and delicious by night. I recommend Tonic to any Foggy Bottom dwellers for tasty food in a casual setting, though students and young professionals will likely be most impressed. And a note to any existing Tonic fans: the menu at Tonic's Mt. Pleasant location is distinctly different – try it out!