Earlier this week I had the opportunity to sample desserts and cocktails from the new Red Light on 14th and R Streets NW. Red Light is owned by Aaron Gordon (Drafting Table, Red Velvet Cupcakery, Tangy Sweet), and executive chef Robert Underwood who previously worked as the pastry chef at Komi. They have teamed up with Ari and Micah Wilder, brothers with an expertise in creating craft cocktails, to develop this new concept for the Logan Circle neighborhood.
My favorite dessert was the Mexican chocolate tart with house made fluff. The black and tan donuts with a stout-chocolate dipping sauce were a close second. They were piping hot, dusted in sugar, and the beer notes in the chocolate sauce added a hearty note to the dessert. Of the cocktails, I favored the the Peep Show (pictured above in the brass colored cup.) The drink is made of Genever, Pimms, cucumber, Darjeeling black tea, and a ginger beer by the Wilder Brothers. While I rarely order cocktails and am happy to stick to my wine, Ari Wilder also poured a delicious sparkling rosé made of 100% Pinot Noir that is currently offered at Red Light. It was dark in color and resembled a Lambrusco, and is something I would absolutely order on another trip to Red Light.
Red Light is small and has limited seating, but they did a nice job setting up the space, and it's much edgier than it's predecessor Bar di Bari. I think it has potential for those in the neighborhood looking for a pre-dinner cocktail, or a post-dinner nightcap or dessert. Besides cheese, there isn't much on the menu in the way of savory, but perhaps they will expand the menu over time as everyone comes down from the sugar high.