Brabo isn't a single establishment, but rather a pair situated inside of the Lorien Hotel in Old Town Alexandria. The restaurant offers a more formal dining experience, while the casual tasting room hosts happy hours and casual get-togethers. If you want to taste-test some of the contemporary cuisine and upscale libations, swing by for happy hour in the tasting room between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. You can throw back a glass of sangria or savor a glass of red wine with pita and hummus or a margherita tart.
Perhaps you'd rather come for brunch, when the cocktails include components like coffee or orange juice. Order the Mexican coffee, infused with tequila, and pore over the menu. Try the challah French toast smothered with brown sugar butter and bourbon molasses, plus seasonal fruit, or dig into the Brabo Benedict, poached eggs topped with pork belly and tomato-chive hollandaise sauce. You can also tear into a waffle loaded with Korean fried chicken or roasted pineapple, coconut, and passionfruit.