Fruit Bat, the H Street concept bar that offered patrons the opportunity to design their own fruit-centric cocktails, closed this month and will be replaced as soon as this week with— wait for it — another bar.
The old Fruit Bat website has a simple message for thirsty and curious customers: “Fruit Bat is gone, but another better bar will take its place. Follow @mysterybardc on twitter to find out when!” Staffers at its sister bars, Church and State (upstairs from the empty Bat at 1236 H St. NE) and Wisdom (at 1432 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) have been sworn to secrecy about the concept behind the Fruit Bat replacement-in-waiting.
“I know, but I can’t say a word,” one said.
Fruit Bat opened in August 2010 and quickly gained a sort of cult following for the South American and fruit cocktail themes that owner Erik Holzherr dreamed up.
A request for comment from Holzherr was not returned.
But judging by what’s doing at Wisdom (craft-gin-and-absinthe-centered experience) and Church and State (brown liquor, baby!), we at HOH don’t expect it to stray too far from its spirited siblings.