Here at Taste Winchester History it comes as no surprise that the Hideaway Cafe down on the Old Town Winchester Walking Mall continues to add to it’s already great reputation of offering more.  Having recently acquired its ABC License, Victoria Kidd and the folks at Hideaway Cafe now offer a great variety of adult beverages!  And having recently tried their espresso martini, these too are welcome tastes to this amazing cafe.

“Coffee keeps me going until it’s time for cocktails”

Yep, sounds about right, the quote you’ll see across the top of their cocktails menu.  And while we’re certain more creative concoctions will be added, let’s not waste any time sharing the roll-out menu of the latest additions to their repertoire, offerings of cocktails, wines by the bottle or glass, and the soon-to-arrive beers & ciders.

House Cocktails

  • Morning Rooster – Tequila Reposado, Coffee Liqueur, Red Rooster Coffee, Cream & Vanilla.
  • Espresso Summer – Red Rooster Espresso, Gin, Blackberries, Simple Syrup, Orange Juice.
  • The Truffle – Frangelico, Vodka, Red Rooster Espresso.
  • Haute & Steam – Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka, Red Rooster Coffee, Whipped Cream & Caramel.
  • Espresso Noir – Grey Good Cherry Noir, Disaronno, Red Rooster Espresso, Cream & Simple Syrup.
  • The 1827 – Red Rooster Espresso, Absinthe, Gin.  (This one is named for the historical significance of the building which we’re recently covered here:  Winchester Historic Buildings – The Jacob Sperry House.)
  • Wake the Dead – Cold Brew Moonshine, Kahlua, Amaretto Syrup, Red Rooster Cold Brew, Cream.
  • Coffee Old Fashioned – Whiskey, Cold Brew, Maple Syrup.
  • Maria Theresa – Coffee, Orange Liqueur, Sugar & Whipped Cream.
  • Spice of Life – Blenhiem’s Ginger Beer & Whiskey.
  • Irish Coffee – Brown Sugar, Irish Whiskey, Coffee, Whipped Cream.

House Martinis

  • Espresso Martini –  Red Rooster Espresso, Vanilla Vodka, Kahlua.
  • The Lot 12 Martini – Vanilla Vodka, Espresso Vodka, Kahlua, Coffee.  (This one also is an homage to the history of the building, also detailed in the link above.)
  • Chocolatini – Irish Cream, Creme de Cacao, Vanilla Vodka.
  • Rose Martini – Rose Wine, Dry Vermouth.
  • Classic Martini – Gin or Vodka, Dry Vermouth.


  • 2016 Riesling, Chateau Ste. Michelle – crisp apple aromas with subtle mineral flavors; medium-dry style win.
  • 2016 Pinot Grigio, Vino by Charles Smith – think mineral and stone with Bosc pear and Washington apple, orange zest, honeysuckle.
  • 2017 Chardonnay, Prayers of Saints – smooth, tastes of toasted pears with underlying citrus and ripe melon notes.
  • 2017 Red Blend, Prayers of Saints –smooth, broody wine with blackberry, dark fruit, violets & cocoa notes.
  • 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Drumheller – ripe, dark fruit; hints of baking spice, blackberry, black currant & licorice notes.
  • 2017 Sparkling Rose, Cupcake – bubbly; raspberry and strawberry tastes with subtle delicate floral notes.
  • 2017 Prosecco, Cupcake – bubbly; aroma of white peach, honeydew, grapefruit with a toasted brioche finish.

Beers & Ciders

  • Vienna Lager, Devil’s Backbone – smoother, medium body and semi-sweet; not too heavy, IBU – 18.
  • Gold Leaf Lager, Devil’s Backbone – German-style lager, subtle, bready notes, IBU – 21.
  • Eight Points IPA, Devil’s Backbone – Hoppy, approachable, medium bodied, IBU – 45.
  • Virginia Lager, South Street – amber lager, crisp and refreshing, IBU – 19.
  • Satan’s Pony, South Street – amber ale, pleasant sweetness, complex-bodied beer, IBU – 12.
  • Soft Serv, South Street – American imperial porter, chocolate aroma, IBU – 20.
  • Salad Days, Pale Fire – Saison, notes of grapefruit, peach, bubble gum, IBU – 40.
  • Great Outdoors, Brothers Craft – Virginia pale ale, crisp, clean, IBU – 40.
  • Albino Monkey, Strangeways – Belgian white ale, complex sweetness, IBU – 25.

So as you can see, they’re not just dipping a toe in the adult-beverage offerings, they’ve jumped right on into the pool with a big cannonball splash!  Just in time for spring and summer!  So while it’s not like we needed another excuse to head on down to The Hideaway Cafe at 141 South Loudoun Street, but why not, right?  And it’s not just “after dark” (we simply thought that was a clever title).  After all, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, right?