Tortuga Island Pop-Up

Summer Is Not Yet Over

Pete McCall enjoys a frozen Key Lime Colada on Tortuga's lively rooftop bar. Photo by Celeste McCall

On Barracks Row, Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille is extending summer with festive pop-ups September 6, 7 and 13 and 14. Located at 514 Eighth St. SE, the five-month old Tortuga is part of The Hill Restaurant Group. Tortuga’s brightly appointed roof deck bar—complete with palm trees and colorful murals–is especially popular. The special promotion goes from 5 to 10 p.m. each day, as bartenders concoct frozen cocktails including Key Lime Colada and Rum Runner. Guests may sample those two –and maybe more? potent potables for free.

Chef Loren Hunter concocts a tangy scallops ceviche at Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille. Photo by Celeste McCall

To accompany their libations, guests may order from culinary director (chef) Loren Hunter’s regular menu: Choices encompass tuna poke made with ahi (sushi-grade) tuna with guacamole; scallop ceviche; crunchy conch fritters with chipotle aioli; crab and shrimp bisque; spicy conch chowder. Prices are moderate.

Crunchy, conch fritters are a favorite island-style appetizer at Barracks Row’s Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille. Photo by Celeste McCall

For the pop-up’s $200 gift card “give-away,” use the hatchtag #TortugaDC. The fun event is free and open to the public, but you have to RSVP with Tortuga is open daily; call 202-543-1445 or visit

By the way, HRG sister restaurant/bar Orchid, 520 H St. SE, has closed. Look for a future, upscale venture in that space.