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A few years back on my trip to DC we had a light lunch at a rooftop bar/terrace. I seem to recall it was located in a historic hotel. I remember it looked down over the White House. It wasn't hip or clubby - it was more reserved and established. Can anyone help me remember the name?? Thanks!

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  1. I'm pretty sure you're recalling the Hotel Washington, which has been reincarnated into the Hotel W. And reservations are required at their very hip and clubby rooftop bar.

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    Hotel Washington
    515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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    1. re: bordeauxfan

      when it re-opened, one largely had to have a "name" to get in (up?) hopefully this has changed as the old policy of 2 drinks and you're snubbed until you leave (keep it moving folks) wasn't very nice either

      it is a nice view.

      1. re: bordeauxfan

        I think that's right too, the bar is totally different from the Hotel Washington days now.

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        Hotel Washington
        515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

        1. re: Giggling Gourmand

          So sad. I have great memories from the old Hotel Washington bar.

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          Hotel Washington
          515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

          1. re: profjmm

            Likewise. I wasn't wowed by the bar at the W, it just feels like it's trying to hard. But we were sitting inside.

      2. If you aren't interested in the clubby feel of the W, you may want to consider lunch at Sou-Wester, at the Mandarin Oriental. It is supposed to have a lovely view of the tidal basin. It's not Obama's backyard, like with the W, but still pretty - especially if you're coming during cherry blossom season.

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        1. re: katecm

          Thank you all. I was wondering if it might be the bar at the W. It seemed like the right location but the pictures I saw online weren't matching up with what I remembered. How disappointing. Kate - thanks for the suggestion. I was trying to put together a list for some friends who are coming in the fall and as it turns out, DH and I will be coming with them. Who can pass up an invite for a trip to DC?!?

          Does the Sou-Wester have outdoor seating or is it indoor with a really good view?