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In this week’s Neighborhood Spotlight, Drew Carpenter of The Keri Shull Team takes us inside the new Buena Vida Social Club with General Manager Marijana Skerlić.

Buena Vida Social Club is the rooftop lounge of a three-level Mexican food and drink destination in Clarendon. The menus for all three levels were created by celebrity chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo of Mexico City.

Let’s tour the building one floor at a time, starting on the first floor.

First Floor: Tacos, Tortas and Tequila

On the street level you’ll find TTT, short for Tacos, Tortas and Tequila. TTT is a Mexican street-style diner serving brunch, lunch and dinner every day from a street-side bar and patio. Marijana likes the mojitos.

Second Floor: Delicious, Slow-Cooked Mexican Meals

On the second level, Buena Vida serves authentic Mexican dinners paired with a list of Mexican wines. 

Buena Vida’s slow-cooked main courses are delicious — try the Birria Tatemada, spit-roasted lamb with dry chiles and spices; or the Duck in Red Pumpkin Seed Sauce, rolled in shaved zucchini. 

The food here is true traditional Mexican, handed down through generations. The restaurants even grind their own heirloom corn for house-made tortillas.

Rooftop: Cocktails and More!

Go up one more level, and you’ll step out onto the rooftop. Welcome to Buena Vida Social Club. This rooftop bar is Acapulco-inspired, with a 60’s and 70’s party vibe. Finger foods and shared plates are emphasized here, and a dry misting system brings relief to Arlington’s hot summer evenings.

TTT, Buena Vida and Buena Vida Social Club are all owned by Ivan Iricanin, the founder of Street Guys Hospitality. Street Guys Hospitality also owns Balkan restaurants Ambar in D.C. and Baba in Clarendon.

Which is your favorite: TTT, Buena Vida or Buena Vida Social Club? Let us know in the comments.

Want to live in Clarendon, surrounded by amazing places like Buena Vida Social Club? Check out our Clarendon Neighborhood Guide. Contact The Keri Shull Team at (703) 952-7653 or [email protected] and we’ll help you find your next new home!

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