KO Distilling

4.9
43 reviews
$30 and under
Distillery
Please note that because KO Distilling operates as an ABC store, we do not have a full-service food menu. We do have snacks available for purchase, and we encourage our guests to bring food or order delivery from one of our many local restaurants! Monday through Friday, our production team is hard at work making our handcrafted spirits. Tours are available during the week, but for our visitors' safety, we may ask for your patience until our crew deems it safe for our guests.

In 2013 former US Merchant Marines and Navy Reservists Bill Karlson and John O’Mara began their journey to create craft spirits with local ingredients and high-quality methods. KO Distilling opened its tasting room to the public in 2015, and it has been a welcoming destination for spirit tastings, cocktail flights, guided tours, private functions, and special events ever since. KO’s award-winning Bare Knuckle Whiskeys and Battle Standard 142 Gins are all certified Craft Distilled, Kosher, and Virginia’s Finest.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 43 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.9
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.8
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

We were greeted by Greg immediately upon entering, had a great tour and amazing and informative tasting. Will be back again!

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bdaytrip
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Greg was very knowledgeable, extremely helpful, and a great conversationalist! I would 100% recommend taking a tour and doing a tasting. The BK Rye Whiskey is something everyone should have in their collection!

KO Distilling
Responded on 12 January 2021

Thanks so much for your review! It's awesome to hear that you're such a fan of our rye whiskey, and I'll be sure to pass on your comments to our team. Cheers!

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CeciliaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place to enjoy excellent spirits distilled locally.

KO Distilling
Responded on 12 January 2021

Thanks so much for stopping by! We really appreciate your support and feedback, especially during this crazy time. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely the best cocktails in Manassas!

KO Distilling
Responded on 12 January 2021

That's so kind of you! I'll be sure to share your review with our bartending team, and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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LisaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

We had a great time! Fun tour and great variety of cocktails. My food rating does not really count, but I "had" to give an answer. They gave us a bag of pretzels with our tasting (very nice). You are allowed to bring in your own food too if you wanted. We will definitely go back again!

KO Distilling
Responded on 12 January 2021

Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Lisa! We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!

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JPose
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Was sat at a plastic high top right by the door that awkwardly fit our party. Only 1 bartender so service was extremely slow. Ambiance was lacking with the seating arrangement. Pretty pricey for the amount of alcohol we received. Covid restrictions didn’t really make the experience worse in my opinion but didn’t help either.

KO Distilling
Responded on 12 January 2021

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback! While our team has been doing their best to provide a great customer experience while keeping our guests safe, we sometimes do better than others. We're sorry that your experience didn't match your expectations, and we hope you'll come back another time. Cheers!

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TR3O
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff. Very knowledgeable and willing to share their experiences. The tour of their facilities is a worthwhile experience. Very creative cocktails and solid drams distilled on site.

KO Distilling
Responded on 12 January 2021

Thanks so much for leaving a review! We're happy to hear that y'all had a great time on your distillery tour and enjoyed the drinks. Cheers!

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Erick
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat outside, was relaxing and enjoyable. Brought 2 dogs and staff was very accommodating and pet friendly. Our server Wayne was awesome and very helpful and friendly.

KO Distilling
Responded on 7 December 2020

We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit on the patio, and we hope to see you and your adorable pups again soon!

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LarryB
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Knowledgeable staff. Owner took time to great each of the tables and welcome us.

KO Distilling
Responded on 7 December 2020

Thanks so much for sharing your great experience, Larry! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love, love, love visiting KO! We always enjoy going to the Black Friday event they hold every year. The drink specials are priced great, and our server Greg was a consummate storyteller and very knowledgeable about all KO’s offerings. Definitely take the time and visit! You won’t be disappointed.

KO Distilling
Responded on 7 December 2020

We really appreciate you taking the time to share your rating with us, and it's awesome to hear that you have had great experiences with Greg! We hope to see you again soon, cheers!

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BrendaL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We chose to take our drinks outside. We were greeted by a handful of KO employees and never forgotten. We enjoyed not only our own group company, but also the company of the employees and their many interesting stories. The only thing that would have made the evening better would have been outdoor heaters.

KO Distilling
Responded on 7 December 2020

Thanks so much for sharing your experience and feedback, Brenda! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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MajaR
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful place! The drinks were excellent and the staff was very friendly and engaging. Greg is a wonderful font of information on all things whiskey and we were very fortunate to learn a great deal from him.

KO Distilling
Responded on 7 December 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We love to hear that our visitors enjoy their time with our team, and we look forward to seeing y'all again soon!

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CarolineB
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A hidden gem! Had a blast doing the distillery tour then several tastings. Extremely impressed by their cocktails, I recommend their gin mixed drinks (I usually hate gin)! Definitely ask for Larry, but the entire staff is fantastic.

KO Distilling
Responded on 10 November 2020

We really appreciate you taking the time to share your rating with us, and it's great to hear you loved Larry's cocktails! We hope to see you again soon, cheers!

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vipKmis
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome distillery! Larry, our server, was really great!

KO Distilling
Responded on 30 October 2020

Thanks so much for leaving a review! We're so glad to hear that you had a great experience with Larry, and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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FlorM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sara, Greg and all are attentive and give the best recommendations. The place is cozy.

KO Distilling
Responded on 30 October 2020

Thanks so much for sharing your experience; we really appreciate it. Cheers!

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff who are focused on ensuring you have an outstanding experience. Cannot say enough positive about KO Distilling!

KO Distilling
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thank you so much for the awesome review! We'll make sure to share your comments with our team, and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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Kyliejt
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We didn’t try any food, just a flight sampling and a cocktail. The gentleman who waited on us was super informative and made the experience great with all his knowledge. We purchased a bottle of American whiskey!

KO Distilling
Responded on 19 October 2020

We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us a review! It's great to hear that you had an excellent experience, and we hope you enjoy the whiskey. Cheers!

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Jmac
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

Fantastic distillery! Great tour and very knowledgeable staff!! Drinks were fantastic! It would be awesome if they served hot meals! That’s my only criticism but other than that the Drinks were top shelf!!!

KO Distilling
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks for sharing your experience with us! We appreciate your feedback about hot food availability; while we don't have a kitchen on-site, you're welcome to bring food with you on your next visit or have some delivered from a local restaurant. We're so glad that you loved the drinks, and we hope to see you again soon!

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RhondaC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Went with my sister the service was outstanding. Everyone was so friendly. The drinks was awesome. We will be back.

KO Distilling
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Rhonda. We love to hear that our visitors enjoy our cocktails and have had a great time with our team, and we look forward to seeing y'all again soon!

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AspensMom
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great distillery in the NOVA area, we plan on coming back.

KO Distilling
Responded on 19 October 2020

We're thrilled to hear that you had a great visit, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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AlexM
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5

Exceptional! Wonderful experience, quiet, casual, enjoyable.

KO Distilling
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thank you for the great feedback! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us, and we hope to see you again soon!

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Chuck56
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Great place enjoyed the information that was given about the Bourbon as well as the decor.

KO Distilling
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thank you so much for leaving a review! We're happy to hear that you had a great visit. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

Larry was amazing and patient. Thank you will def come back. Only if Larry is working :)

KO Distilling
Responded on 5 October 2020

We're so glad that you had a great experience with Larry, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration for a gin drinker and KO truly made it special. Larry and the staff were exceptional. The tour was fantastic and truly educational. The distillery is warm and a friendly place to spend a great day with family and friends enjoying tasty libations. We certainly recommend!!!

KO Distilling
Responded on 5 October 2020

We're so glad that you all had a great visit! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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jamesr
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

We had an excellent time there. Larry took care of and was great. Knowledgeable and personable. Will definitely go back.

KO Distilling
Responded on 5 October 2020

We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us! Cheers!

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AaronL
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tasting experience and very friendly people.

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WilliamR
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and value for money. I enjoyed the information about the products as well as the tasting and tour.

KO Distilling
Responded on 23 September 2020

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit, William! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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TomC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great Navy Gin//very knowledgeable and professional bartenders//fair prices - a "must-go" kinda place.

KO Distilling
Responded on 15 September 2020

We're so glad that you had a nice visit! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food refers to the alcohol. Your food options are popcorn and a free bag of pretzel chips, but this is a distillery and not a restaurant.

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LoriG
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We didn't eat food other than the pretzels for tastings. The drinks were masterfully created and delicious. The gins, whiskeys and bourbons were fantastic!

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CherylL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful attention to details and explanations. We enjoyed this tasting so much! Highly recommend Larry. Such a fun time.

KO Distilling
Responded on 20 August 2020

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit! Cheers!

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PatrickS
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Aimee and Sarah were fantastic. Very very nice, accommodating, wanting to ensure we had a positive fun and exciting experience. The drinks were marvelous and the brand of pretzels are amazing. We'll be sure to come back again and to tell all our friends.

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MichaelC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

KO is a perfect spot...staff is so helpful and informative. And the spirits (either by themselves or in a cocktail) are great

KO Distilling
Responded on 13 August 2020

We're glad you enjoyed your visit, Michael! Thanks for stopping in!

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was great. It’s super service. Definitely a much go back

KO Distilling
Responded on 13 August 2020

Thanks for your review, Daniel! We hope you see you again soon!

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LoafKPS95
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love KO. Best bourbon i have had from a couple of Kong’s Pointers...so you know it’s good!! Great service, super friendly and they make excellent drinks.

KO Distilling
Responded on 13 August 2020

We're so glad that you're enjoying our Bourbon! Cheers!

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lisab
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tasting area is delightfully laid out with comfortable seating, nice bar area and a relaxing nook near a fireplace. And the cocktails were unique and quite good. Social distancing is being practiced allowing for both in and outside tastings.

KO Distilling
Responded on 3 August 2020

Thanks so much for sharing! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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TiffanyC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They have an amazing cocktail tasting. I highly recommend it. During this time of social distancing because of the pandemic they did a good joboutdoors. I felt very safe. The staff also wore their masks properly. It would have been nice if they had gloves, but in all I felt safe.

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StefanieP
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Greg was amazing! Great energy and super knowledgeable ! We had a great experience!

KO Distilling
Responded on 3 August 2020

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit, and we appreciate your review! Cheers!

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lawsjl23
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is an amazing place to learn about a distillery. The staff were very knowledgeable in explaining the process and ingredients used when making the spirits. Although they were not serving food due to the pandemic, I felt it wasn't fair to give it one star but plenty of pretzels were available during the tasting!

KO Distilling
Responded on 20 July 2020

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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LiranG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! Very informative and fun experience!

KO Distilling
Responded on 9 July 2020

We appreciate your review! Thanks for stopping in, and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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KO Distilling is rated 4.9 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.