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Jan 31, 2013 07:52 AM

Weekday breakfast with alcohol in DC?

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?

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  1. 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.

      1. @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

          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

            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

              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 to 2 a.m. (and, tangentially, DC last year just repealed its "blue laws" so Sundays are fair game as well).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

                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

                  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

                    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

                      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:

                  2. re: VaPaula

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

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Yes! ;-)

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

            2. 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

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

                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                    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

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

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