MIX­ING MU­SIC

AT HIS NEW BAR, TREVOR FRYE CAN MAKE YOU A DRINK BASED ON YOUR FA­VORITE SONG.

Capitol File - - CON­TENTS - BY HOL­LEY SIM­MONS

MIX­ING MU­SIC Mixol­o­gist Trevor Frye shakes it to the beat with mu­sic-in­spired cock­tails.

Any mixol­o­gist worth his weight in cock­tail nap­kins can make you a drink based on a few fla­vor pref­er­ences, such as bit­ter, sweet, or cit­rus. But Trevor Frye, for­merly of Jack Rose and Dram & Grain, will cus­tom­ize a drink to your tastes in mu­sic—a rare tal­ent and one of the many rea­sons his new bar’s open­ing has been so highly an­tic­i­pated.

“If some­one tells me they’re in a Tom Waits mood, I’ll make them some­thing dark and stirred to sip on,” says Frye, founder of Five to One, a new mu­sic-themed bar on U Street that is, coin­ci­den­tally, in the lo­ca­tion of a for­mer mu­sic store.

The three-level space is de­signed to mimic a mu­sic hall. Con­cert posters deck the walls, and the light­ing is dim with mu­sic to match the menu. Fea­tured drinks are in fre­quent ro­ta­tion, in­flu­enced by the bands per­form­ing at the 9:30 Club just around the cor­ner.

Five to One cel­e­brates the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween at­tend­ing a con­cert and en­joy­ing a cock­tail at a fa­vorite wa­ter­ing hole; guests look­ing for that front-row ex­pe­ri­ence can even re­serve a seat in ad­vance at the bar.

“When you go to a con­cert, you have a shared com­mon­al­ity,” says Frye. “Same with bars. There’s al­ready a lit­tle bit of a rap­port built in.” 903 U St. NW, 202629-2877; five­toonedc.com

Trevor Frye shakes up the DC scene with his new bar Five to One.

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