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vega4933 Sep 14, 2009 06:01 PM

Looking for a nice restaurant that offers happy hour downtown in the white house area. We're looking for a place to meet after a day of sightseeing before our 7:00 reservations at W Hotel. Out of town guests, looking for nice atmosphere, great food, and a bargain if we can find it. Thank you.

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    mselectra RE: vega4933 Sep 15, 2009 06:19 AM

    If you're here when Equinox is doing the cider happy hour (if they're doing it this year), that would be nice (it is a small bar and can get crowded, but the free food that went along with it last year was great). Don't know about great food, but classic places for drinks near the White House are the Round Robin at Willard Hotel and the bar at Hay-Adams Hotel. Old Ebbitt Grill is very near Hotel Washington, that is the W Hotel, and they have a raw bar, but I'm not the right person to tell you if that's a good idea.

    Would you report back on what you think of the new restaurant at W Hotel?

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      Elyssa RE: vega4933 Sep 15, 2009 09:54 AM

      I would go to the bar at the Willard. It has a nice, classy environment and the hotel is a beautiful place to walk around.

      You could also try Bombay Club or Equinox.

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        anunez RE: vega4933 Sep 15, 2009 12:31 PM

        Ceiba has a really good happy hour and food specials at the bar if you like Latin focused drinks

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          Elyssa RE: anunez Sep 15, 2009 07:24 PM

          I 2nd this suggestion as well as Taberna.

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          dcandohio RE: vega4933 Sep 15, 2009 01:31 PM

          Taberna del Alabardero has a fabulous happy hour (1/2 price tapas) in a very classy environment. It is near the World Bank - not too far away.

          1. alkapal RE: vega4933 Sep 15, 2009 03:29 PM

            the willard's round robin bar is boring, and it's definitely not a bargain, either.
            at the time of day you're talking about, it's hard to get to the w hotel by 7 p.m. if you're out and about around the typical sightseeing spots -- unless you're pretty close by. that limits the universe of options for nice drinks. this time of year, it's nice to sit outside, so why not sit outside at café du parc, have a couple of drinks in their sidewalk café area, then just walk around the corner to w?
            http://www.cafeduparc.com/bar.html

            in my opinion, taberna is too long a hike after a long day of slogging around. and i'd recommend the mayflower hotel's bar just for a sense of place, except it too is a hike for tired feet and weary souls.

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              Gigi007 RE: alkapal Sep 15, 2009 08:35 PM

              I like alkapal's suggestion of Cafe du Parc. I'd also recommend Equinox. The drinks are outstanding there.

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