Quigley’s Pharmacy: Tonic – Foggy Bottom, DC

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This past weekend, while in Washington, DC for Kate’s graduation from Law School, we hit up some fun spots to eat & drink that I wanted to share with you – one of which being Tonic in Foggy Bottom.

This place has a pretty cool history to it – Quigley’s Pharmacy was originally opened in 1891 by Richard Quigley a year after he earned his degree from George Washington University in Pharmacy Science. It was a combination pharmacy and lunch counter for students for years. Quigley’s was bought by GW in 1974, was home to the Department of Geography for a few years and then was reopened as Tonic, which is what we enjoyed this weekend.

Quigleys Pharmacy

It is a really cool building with a great slice of history. I really enjoyed the vibe inside – it’s two levels with really adorable outside seating options too.

Cure All Tonic

The boys enjoyed the beer selection – I thought it was pretty good too – Bells Two Hearted IPA and/or Lagunitas Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin’ on tap makes me happy.

Good People Drink Good Beer

The ladies in the group enjoyed a cocktail while the guys got some beers. In honor of us hanging out in Foggy Bottom, I decided to check out the Foggy Bottom Breeze – plus it sounded good – St. Germain, Sauvignon Blanc & muddled basil with a splash of club soda. It was very tasty & perfect to sip on while enjoying a warm Spring day.

Foggy Bottom Breeze

We stopped at Tonic in between receptions so we just wanted a little bite to eat since we were planning on eating at our next stop – so we got a few things to share for the table. There was 6 of us so we all got a little taste of everything.

First we started out with the Traditional Hummus Plate – grilled whole wheat pita, carrots, celery sticks, cucumbers and garnished with pine nuts and olive oil. It was yummy.

Mediterranean Platter

Apparently, Tonic is known for it’s tater tots, so obviously we had to get the classic tots – served with chipotle-honey mustard, cajun remoulade & three pepper aioli. I couldn’t tell you the last time I had a tater tot, but it was pretty awesome!


And a little fun menu item {the boys ordered!} were the Tatchos – spicy taco beef, grilled chicken, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, black beans and jalapeños – all over tater tots. It was pretty epic.


Tonic also had these fun shirts – Drop It Like It’s Tots – is my favorite. Apparently there is a tater tot movement out there? Who knew!

Drop it like its Tots


Do you have a favorite spot to eat or drink that has a little history to it?


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  • Reply Running Librarian May 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Looks fun! Not sure if I would like a plate of tots..they are not my favorite thing to eat. lol

  • Reply Patty O May 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for the history of Quigley’s – what a fun place and the food looked yummy!

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