East Trading Co. has an unpolished and comfortable vibe—something owner I-Miun Liu was intentional about—yet its sharp aesthetics, thanks in large part to design by Electric Coffin, and Asian nuances make the Capitol Hill bar feel entirely new and fresh. The bar’s bones are very much the same from its Sun Liquor days, except Liu’s added an apothecary-style gift shop in the back where the distilling once happened. Beverage director Michael Chu pioneers the drink menu. You’ll find housemade tea-infused syrups and Chu’s balanced way with booze—gin, Aperol, and chartreuse here, bourbon-smoked tea with angostura bitters there. The cocktail list is a set lineup of 12, one for each of the Chinese zodiac.