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Sep 14, 2009 06:01 PM

Nice Happy Hour Downtown near White House

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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  1. 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?

    1. 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.

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

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        1. re: anunez

          I 2nd this suggestion as well as Taberna.

        2. 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. 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?

            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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            1. re: alkapal

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