Coffee Lovers, Couch Potatoes Will Feel Right at Home at Tryst in Adams Morgan

Tryst in Adams Morgan

Your cheatin' heart: There's absolutely no truth to the rumor that Tryst is golfer Tiger Woods' favorite D.C. haunt. (Daquella manera via Flickr)

We here at ApartmentShowcase.com aren’t averse to the sensual pleasures in life, and yes, many of us here have even experienced them. I know it’s shocking and scandalous, but it’s true.

Lucky for us – and you – there’s a den of sin in Adams Morgan that specializes in salacious assignations: Tryst Coffeehouse – Bar – Lounge.

Not your everyday venue, Tryst not only serves up the espresso and alcohol, but they also provide tables, chairs and even – I don’t know if I should be writing this – couches! Yes, all the better for dimly-lit canoodling.

Back in Tryst’s infancy, I wrote a small piece on the place and have visited several times since. I can safely say it’s still unique. Those who are on the up-and-up and not into betrayal can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi.

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Speaking of free, they even have free live jazz on Mondays through Wednesdays from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., in case you and your lover, er, friend, good friend, work associate you had to meet for drinks or you’d lose your job…

OK, let’s try that again: There’s live jazz in case you and your colleague need music to get into the mood, er, to work on business deals or pore over expenditure sheets.

The place pushes the anti-corporate stance, saying, “Tryst stands in stark contrast to the suburban culture and coffee chains that proliferate the country.” In fact, the joint is proud that their silverware doesn’t always match (neither do my socks, not all the time they don’t), and they’re also proud they don’t serve “75 different kinds of trademarked, pre-made caramel-nilla-frapp-a-ccino-supremas.”


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Tryst Coffeehouse – Bar – Lounge
2459 18th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

No, obnoxiousness just isn’t sexy.

On the other hand, Tryst does offer “excellent made to order food and drink, and a commitment to serving the community.” Check out the menu, and see for yourself.

At Tryst, you can have a beer, a latte and maybe a Rodney (curried chicken salad sandwich). I don’t know if a $3 happy hour (3 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday-Friday) counts as serving the community, but showcasing a different artist on their walls each month does.

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Tryst opens at 6:30 a.m. every day except Sunday, when they sleep in a whole half hour later and let you in at 7 a.m., the slackers. From Sunday to Wednesday, the coffeehouse/bar shuts its doors at midnight; on Thursday, they generally call it a night at 2 a.m.; and on Friday and Saturday, they won’t throw you out on the street until 3 a.m.

So come early and stay late when you, um, well, you know. And really, aren’t you ashamed? Even a little? Oh, you!

Tryst has two sister establishments in the area: The Diner, which is right down the street on 18th, and Open City, another eatery in Woodley Park.

So, those of you lucky enough to rent an apartment in Adams Morgan have quite the little hangout … particularly if you feel the need to be furtive.

It’s a good walk from the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro station, but everyone seems to like to throw around the word “walkable” these days, so get those tootsies moving across the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge … or get a room!