Owned and operated by the Williams Family since 1978, Chat’s Liquors is an independent wine & spirit retailer, specializing in small production, authentic, libations from around the world. From local distillers of Northeast DC to wines of Eastern Europe, we stock unique finds at great values and many selections that are a bit more uncommon. We host free weekly tastings to educate, familiarize and excite the most discerning beverages enthusiasts.
Chat’s Liquors was a pioneer of alcoholic beverage retail immediately following the 1934 repeal of ‘Prohibition’ in Washington, DC, when Mr. Neil Chatlin was one of the first to be granted an alcoholic beverage license. This makes Chat’s the oldest business on 8th. We have operated out of the original location at 503 8th St SE, on what’s now recognized as Historic Barracks Row, 8th Street SE, between the Eastern Market Metro at Pennsylvania Ave to the north and terminating at the Navy Yard, as 8th St intersects M St SE, to the south. This stretch of 8th Street was the first commercial corridor in the Nation’s Capital, is only 8 blocks from the United States Capitol building and is home to the US Marine Corps at 8th & I, the “Oldest Post of the Corps,” established in 1801.