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Weekday breakfast with alcohol in DC?

ipsedixit Jan 31, 2013 07:52 AM

Aside from bars (e.g. Tune Inn or Capitol Lounge) are there any restaurants in that will do, for example, a good omelet or a nice eggs benedict and provide a nice wine or cocktail menu?

  1. tcamp Feb 12, 2013 10:58 AM

    If you do find a suitable locale, maybe you can try one of these:


    Sounds tasty to m.

    1. jrvedivici Feb 6, 2013 08:51 AM

      I am not from the DC area so I'm sorry I cannot help you directly however as others have said most higher end hotels will offer this for sure. In addition most restaurants that offer "brunch" will most likely have alcohol available as well.

      On a personal side note I just want to +1 the intention of your post!!

      1. hill food Feb 4, 2013 03:05 PM

        I'd pick a place and call the GM ahead with your request. If it were me I'd comply. the 'mixologist' or sommelier won't be on duty, but... how difficult is a bloody or mimosa or scotch rocks?

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        1. re: hill food
          ipsedixit Feb 4, 2013 08:34 PM

          It's a puzzle why more real restaurants don't offer alcohol for weekday breakfasts especially when it's legal.

          Alcohol is such a high margin item that you'd think restaurants would want to maximize this profit source.

          And if I just want a glass of Chardonnay with my eggs bennedict I don't need a sommelier holding my hand to figure out what I want.

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          flavrmeistr Feb 1, 2013 05:06 PM

          The Post Pub at 15th and L. Not sure if "nice" applies, but you can get a cocktail with your eggs.

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          1. re: flavrmeistr
            alkapal Feb 4, 2013 02:43 PM

            that place was a dive 20 years ago. i can't imagine it now.

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              flavrmeistr Feb 5, 2013 12:56 AM


              1. re: flavrmeistr
                alkapal Feb 6, 2013 08:39 AM

                so…….when you fall face down from drinking at breakfast, you'll likely encounter decades of floor goo.

                and don't ask "so?" again. LOL

                1. re: alkapal
                  flavrmeistr Feb 6, 2013 10:48 AM

                  So? If you fall down from drinking at breakfast, you deserve a face full of goo.

          2. ipsedixit Jan 31, 2013 03:36 PM

            @Elyssa and @dining with doc

            Just checked with both Bistro Bis and Cafe Dupont, and neither offer alcohol for weekday breakfast (Dupont would offer it only after 11 am).

            The search continues I guess.

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            1. re: ipsedixit
              Elyssa Jan 31, 2013 04:02 PM

              Hmmmm interesting. Did you try The Hamilton?

              The Diner definitely will serve you alcohol at any hour I'm pretty sure. Same maybe with Open City. Also perhaps The Lafayette at the Hay Adams (a truly delicious and classy weekday breakfast).

              Other hotel restaurants to try Firefly or Urbana...maybe call to see about the alcohol.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                hill food Jan 31, 2013 09:40 PM

                if I were a proprietor and it was legal (and I'm sure it is) of course I'd sell it. bunch of no-fun puritans...

                ehh just sneak in flasks/splits, it'll be like high school again (and a naughty bonding giggle)

                Blue Duck?

                1. re: hill food
                  ipsedixit Feb 1, 2013 07:58 AM

                  It *is* legal.

                  An establishment with a liquor license can serve alcohol from 8 am. to 2 a.m. (and, tangentially, DC last year just repealed its "blue laws" so Sundays are fair game as well).

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    VaPaula Feb 1, 2013 08:25 AM

                    Keep us posted - I'm really curious now.

                    I was in NYC a couple months ago and made the grave error of ordering a Bloody Mary with Sunday brunch at 11:25 or so. Fuhgeddaboudit. I lived there for 15 years, and could never get used to that silly, silly law.

                    Btw, I happened to move to New Orleans after I left Manhattan. Talk about night & day as far as blue laws go.

                    1. re: VaPaula
                      crackers Feb 1, 2013 03:13 PM

                      Same in Philly. Years ago I was staying at the Four Seasons and could not order champagne with brunch at the Fountain until a certain hour. I was informed that if we went back upstairs and brought down our own bottle, they would be happy to pour it. Problem solved. Maybe the thing to do is ask if you can byo.

                      1. re: crackers
                        Elyssa Feb 1, 2013 04:09 PM

                        Unless you want to pay a corkage fee you can't really BYO in DC in the way you can in Philadelphia.

                        1. re: Elyssa
                          crackers Feb 1, 2013 06:23 PM

                          There is no requirement to pay a fee for byo in DC. Sure, byo is not nearly as prevalent as it is in Philly (or at least, as it used to be in Philly) and yes, most do have a corkage fee, but some will waive it if you call and explain the situation, particularly if it's an unusual situation like the OP. Here is a link to an older thread on the topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/694379

                      2. re: VaPaula
                        alkapal Feb 4, 2013 02:42 PM

                        yeah, in new orleans, aren't you *required" to drink with breakfast? LOL

                        1. re: alkapal
                          VaPaula Feb 5, 2013 10:10 AM

                          Yes! ;-)

                          You just reminded me of Brandy Milk Punch. Sounds gross, but it is anything but.

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                  dining with doc Jan 31, 2013 03:27 PM

                  bistro bis

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                    Elyssa Jan 31, 2013 12:53 PM

                    I'm sure most restaurants in a hotel would provide this (perhaps Bistro Bis, Dupont Cafe etc).

                    Also I'm pretty sure The Hamilton is open for breakfast and they have a full bar.

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