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Best Hotel Bar in Washington, DC

traveler Feb 21, 2007 07:03 PM

Fellow 'Hounders, looking for your thoughts on the best hotel bar in Washington. I'll throw out Off the Record at the Hay Adams as a candidate. Those in the know, set me straight.

  1. GroovinGourmet Feb 21, 2007 07:44 PM

    We really like hanging in the bar at the Willard Intercontinental. Great old school feel, first class appointments, yummy nut mix.

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    1. re: GroovinGourmet
      Goldielocks1225 Nov 16, 2007 03:45 AM

      I second that! You should order a Mint Julep at the Round Robin for the historical experience!

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      Pappy Feb 22, 2007 07:35 AM

      1) Library at what was the Sheraton Carlton on SE corner of 16th and K.
      2) Le Bar at Hotel Sofitel on NW corner of 15th and I (?)
      3) Lounge at Four Seasons in Georgetown

      1. jpschust Feb 22, 2007 07:50 AM

        1. The Hay Adams
        2. Firefly
        3. Urbana

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          blanchedubois Feb 22, 2007 05:21 PM

          The Hay Adams. The bartender there, whose name escapes me, is wonderful.
          I also like the bar at the tabard inn.

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            EricDC Feb 25, 2007 08:43 AM

            Firefly's almost cheatin' - to me, the bar / restaurant is so much more visible than the hotel!

            But that its a great choice. I will also submit Bar Rouge, in hotel Rouge at 16th near O NW.... a lot of people also like the other Kimpton properties (Topaz and a few others) but I like Rouge best.

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              round hound Feb 26, 2007 12:51 PM

              1. Citronelle at the Latham in Georgetown
              2. CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental
              3. Degrees at the Ritz in Georgetown

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              1. re: round hound
                Elyssa Sep 25, 2007 12:49 PM

                I second Degrees. I've been there a few times over the past few months and am really begining to think it's the best place to drink in Georgetown (especially for a more grown-up crowd). While the drinks are not cheap...they are good.

                In the winter time I am a fan of the Tabard Inn. And of course there is always the great view from the roof of the Hotel Washington.

                Bar Rouge is also a fun place with decent appetizers...I go there with my girlfriends and Book Club every once in awhile.

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                shellymck Feb 26, 2007 12:56 PM

                The Mayflower has an extensive drink menu with with free food from 5-7. It offers way more seating than the Willard, which can fill up at peak times.

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                  jidoughe Feb 26, 2007 03:05 PM

                  I would second Le Bar at the Sofitel, as one of the best places in town for a quiet, intimate drink. I also like the cozy Tabard Inn (fireplace).

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                    DCDOLL Sep 25, 2007 12:31 PM

                    i can't believe nobody mentioned the Skye Terrace at Hotel Washington. Although it is frequently crowded, the drinks overpriced and occasionally sucky, the view is without peer, especially at sunset. Also like Mayflower, Madison and St Regis bars.

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                    1. re: DCDOLL
                      flavrmeistr Oct 5, 2007 11:15 AM

                      Skye Terrace is it for me. View and location can't be beat. Hotel bars in general are overpriced morgues and, therefore, categorically suck. The Hay-Adams, Mayflower and the Willard all have character and history, as does Harry's Bar in the Hotel Harrington.

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                      bbw05 Sep 26, 2007 10:32 AM

                      I second Bar Rouge at the Hotel Rouge, Dupont


                      I also like Degrees at the Ritz in Georgetown. The hotel has a great lobby with a huge fireplace that is excellent when it's cold outside.

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                      1. re: bbw05
                        Joanie Sep 27, 2007 12:21 PM

                        As of now (if I don't get lucky with pricelining), we'll be staying at the Hotel Rouge. What would the scene would be like at the bar on a Sun. evening before Veteran's Day around 9PM? It may be easier just to come back there to have a civilized drink and watch some football if it's conducive to that.

                        1. re: Joanie
                          baconjen Oct 4, 2007 07:51 PM

                          We stayed there once and loved it, and the bar has some great cocktails (a lot of red choices of course). Great choice for the money in DC if you ask me (and a quick walk to Komi). I'm sure you know it is a funky, hip lounge kind of place - just putting that in here because a lot of the 'hotel bars' listed on this post are more old-school dignified places, so this is a completely different kind of atmosphere. To answer your question, I'm thinking 9PM on any Sunday (Vets Day weekend or not), is going to be uncrowded, perhaps dead. It's not really a football kind of bar either - I'm sure they had a TV someplace, but I didn't notice it.

                          Also, complimentary bloody mary's and cold pepperoni pizza in the lobby in the morning - what could be better than that!

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                        hans Sep 26, 2007 10:37 AM

                        I'll second the Mayflower. Good location, big bar and GREAT bartender (Sam).

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                          alkapal Nov 15, 2007 09:12 AM

                          sam is the man. great magic tricks!

                          1. re: alkapal
                            Joe H Nov 18, 2007 09:39 AM

                            Really interesting thread-it depends on what you are looking for. If it is a view of the city then the Hotel Washington's Sky Terrace along with the Marriott in Rosslyn on their top floor are both excellent. The bar at the Prime Rib is the most "interesting" bar. But the most "DCish" bar is the Robin's Nest at the Willard mentioned above. And the most romantic is not in the city but the almost totally dark trysting spot at the Old Angler's Inn near Potomac. It is also a great place if you are on a blind date and don't want anyone to see you. Actually, you probably won't be able to see each other, either.

                            1. re: Joe H
                              alkapal Nov 18, 2007 11:04 AM

                              the bar at the prime rib is not "interesting" unless one is interested in observing high priced chiquitas at work. sky terrace is great -- i had my wedding reception there. the others i cannot comment on, as i have not been there.

                              1. re: alkapal
                                Joe H Nov 18, 2007 02:31 PM

                                Actually it IS interesting from the perspective of several of our duly elected representatives doing everything in their power to peruse younger constituents' interests. Of course their interests have nothing in common with what they were elected for but still it is a good show. For years the Prime Rib's bar has been a one of a kind. And, perhaps for many if not most, an embarassment. If my grandaughter ever showed up there I would...

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