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The YANG + YIN of Local Dining in Alexandria Story + Photography by Jeanette Wages

Easily the most Instagrammed bar in Old Town, The People’s Drug is so much more than the large neon “Drugs” sign or the wall art stating “Good Food and Good Vibes” (which is exactly what you will find in the intimate cocktail bar). Owners Teddy Kim, Seth McClelland, Ian McGrath and Beverage Director Jon Schott wanted to bring back the nostalgia of the soda counter with their own twist and, of course, cocktails! Jon may describe it best, “Those that grew up in the area remember them well and especially the soda counter or lunch counter. The counter was where people from all walks gathered to get a bite. We wanted to provide that to our community and continue what we want to be the evolution of them and elevate the idea with incredible food and cocktails. We also felt the name highlighted


the importance of food in somewhat of a Hippocrates’ way; 'let food be thy medicine’. We wanted a place that was approachable and where you didn’t need to sacrifice that for quality. The two words People and Drug come together in our place for what you could say a prescribed good time.” From amazing sandwiches and the phenomenal People’s Burger to healthy, but still out of this world, Quinoa Bowls, there is something on the menu to please even the pickiest of eaters. Chef Melvin Urrutia creates food that feels casual but upscale and perfectly complements the over 40 rotating seasonal cocktails. Though over 200 cocktails have graced the menu since opening in Spring 2018, only one has remained a staple and fan