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1. Morris American Bar

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246 reviews
Morris American Bar
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1020 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 1AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: (833) 366-7747

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Martin Schmidt: nice atmosphere, slightly too much air-con , or we as European are not use it ?.. We ordered 2 espresso martini, they were average, So much vodka , and coffee was not strong enough. For my taste But their original cocktail were Bom !!! Jamaican twist on Manhattan super tasty . La Reina was soooo good , if you live tequila try this . Overall i would definitely go back
Response: Hi Martin! We are ecstatic to hear you found us all the way from Europe-- it was our pleasure having you! Thank you for taking the time to try our selection of cocktails and for this detailed review (we know a cocktail connoisseur when we meet one)! Looking forward to seeing you in the future !

Bradley Popkin: Swanky and cozy bar with two floors. Spent some time here with family and friends. Great cocktail selection and service. We were greeted quickly and everyone was friendly. I really appreciated the full-size Johnnie Walker figure outside lol.

Neil Patel: The staff are super friendly and accommodating. We ordered off the menu and were pleasantly surprised at how much we liked our drinks. The mocktails and zero proof drinks were great too!
Response: Neil, thank you for your review! We're glad to hear that you had a great experience and we hope to see you again soon!

Andrea Martin: Good drinks, good service. It’s across the street from where Google currently shows. Has an outdoor patio that feels much different than the indoor vibe
Response: We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with Morris! Thank you for this great review!

Nirupa P: Good experience. We did the Halloween special & the drinks were good. We both got 3 drinks each & they were great. Our favorite was Noche de sueno & dia de muertos. Food menu were also limited. We got the devil eggs & they were good.

Jeff Wilson: All of the staff (especially Rhine and Rita) are absolutely amazing. I'd previously rated Morris 4 stars several years ago but they've definitely earned all 5. Fabulous cocktails, they can make anything you're feeling in the mood for. Always be on the look out for their special events, especially when they do Filipino food.
Response: Thank you for your kind words and 5-star review, Jeff! Looking forward to seeing you back with us in the future!

Rachel Lipton: The space was thoughtfully designed with a great bar but the drinks were a bit of a letdown - certainly not bad but I was expecting something a touch more exciting (I know they rotate monthly so I’ll be back to try some new ones soon) The vibe was also a touch quiet/empty which was a bit of a bummer since we were celebrating but perhaps it would have been better if we were there earlier or later

Adam Pusateri: Morris is without a doubt an absolute gem of a cocktail bar and my personal favorite. The bartenders are not only inventive but also thoroughly well-versed in classics and contemporary drinks. You can tell the whole team is proud of their bar, and it really shows. The seasonal menu is their own impressive creation, but make no mistake, they gladly take requests and offer new suggestions. Inside is a time capsule of a classic bar. The colors, décor, lighting, music – it is the perfect place for relaxing drinks. Outside is shaded and casual, exactly what you want for a group of friends. Other bars even the often lauded “Bests in DC” have fallen short of what Morris is consistently doing here in terms of quality, knowledge, skill, and service. You get way more than what you pay for here. As amazing as it all is, it is not at all stuffy. Everybody is friendly, easygoing, and enjoys what they are doing. This review is long overdue and could not be more well deserved. Morris often surprises, never disappoints, and after all their extra hard work during the pandemic, I cannot wait to sit at the actual bar again. Until then, cheers!
Response: Thank you so much Adam! So glad you enjoyed your experience.

byron subero: ..... my friends are the worst. They keep sending me places to go to. This was a nice spot. Drinks and the bartender was on point. Ask for Rita. She's a mixologist
Response: Hi Byron, sorry about your friends, but glad you discovered Morris!

Mohan Sun: Our favorite cocktail joint in town! The drinks are top-notch and reasonably-priced. We’ve been to other “good” places that charged $16 for a to-go cup. Morris beats that in so many aspects and it never disappoints. Everyone works there are super nice and knowledgeable. Doug, Ian and Rhine are skillful bartenders who can fix you up with almost any requests. They usually have seasonal cocktail menus and recently added low & non-alcohol drinks which is perfect for a person like me who can’t drink too much. I got Strawberry Kitty last time and it’s sooo good! If you want something refreshing, you NEED to get it! Please support their business. They work hard to stay afloat while continue to innovate great drinks during this difficult time.
Response: Thank you for your review and your support Mohan!

2. The Mirror

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242 reviews
The Mirror
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1413 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Guy: Cocktail bar


Review: "By far one of the best bars I've ever been to."

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Squirrely: This a decent bar to grab a drink. I found it while looking for a good speakeasy. It's down a flight of stairs off street level and hidden behind a mirror. The drinks were good and generously portioned. The cocktail menu listed the same drinks you could find at nearly any bar in the area. I was really hoping to find some creative craft cocktails, but no such luck. The music was a bit loud to have a normal conversation and seating is limited.

Melissa Escudero: This place has the best vibes! Absolutely love the drinks every time we come. The seating is very comfortable and the lighting set a great tone. The bartenders are super nice. We came right after getting engaged and they even gave us all free shots. Cant complain at all!

JDV22: Drinks were pretty poorly mixed. If you’re looking for a neat place with loud music to just kind of vibe, it’s perfect. If you’re looking for well made cocktails, I’d recommend going somewhere else.

Richa Bhatt: This place was really cool in terms of finding it and the atmosphere but other then that it was meh. The whole bar was super dark and it was hard to see anything. The drinks were incredibly mediocre and so was everything else like the bathroom- the bathroom I used had no lock so I had to hold the bathroom stall door while using it. So yeah, besides going to a place that’s behind a mirror, there’s no other pull. It’s a very mediocre place and it is priced like it’s something nicer which is stupid. I would only come back if I had to like I wouldn’t make plans out of my way to go here.

Parker Kelley: We went here after a DMV friends event on a Friday night ! It was very packed & due to the space being very small it was hard to move around. The bartenders were busy & took forever to get a drink. The idea behind the bar is neat and interesting but wasn’t worth my time!

Rodger Brown: Mirror is awesome. A very exclusive feel (as speakeasy's should be), drinks that make your mouth water, and an ambiance that'll tickle your fancy. Great seating and friendly bar staff. Super fan of the entrance.

Austin Graff: The Mirror proves that Washington, D.C. is more than suits. Located three blocks from the White House, The Mirror is a true speakeasy in downtown D.C. When you arrive, walk down a sterile staircase and open the door to a hallway with a single mirror. Push the mirror and enter a whole new world. Here's why you should go: 1) Vibe: Dimly-lit and spacious, The Mirror is one of the truest speakeasies in Washington, D.C. There's bar seating and more comfy seating throughout the space. 2) Drinks: Their cocktail list is strong and they make them quality. It's also more inexpensive compared to other bars in the city, especially downtown. When I went pre-pandemic, they had Snackables on the menu for light bites, solidifying this place as the best!

Zach Yoder: If you’re looking for a speak easy that fits the traditional role of one, this one barely fits the bill. The only thing that this place has similar to other speak easy’s is that it has a hidden entrance. The music is way too loud and the lights are way too dim. This is essentially a club with a fancy entrance.

Paris Scott: The Mirror, I'm theory, is a lovely establishment. Unfortunately, its staff, rather than accepting a humble blessing, often opts for a presumptuous mentality that leaves much to be desired. I miss when this place was a no-nothing event space that was desperate for patrons because what it has become is no longer "it". Having visited a number of times I can confidentially say that for whatever reason the bulk of individuals who work here are pompous a**holes. If you're a man, you might be in luck. But, if you are a woman with a personality, money, and a job - I caution you before making any conversation with the staff that isn't "may I have a [insert drink here]" because you'll get mansplained out this bar faster than you can say "are you kidding me".

Anthony Withum: Fun speakeasy if you know how to get in.The mixologists know what they are doing behind the bar. Very very dimly lit and no flashlights allowed. Relatively small but hasnt been too crowded when I've gone. Worth checking out and taking friends to but not a destination I would say

3. barmini by José Andrés

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389 reviews
barmini by José Andrés
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.8
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 393-4451

Guy: Cocktail bar


Review: "One of the worlds best bars !!"

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Mark Blanchard: Cute and private looking place with only a handful of tables. Great decoration. We got the flight of drinks - amazing experience. It's 5 drinks per person, and most of them are prepared table side and involve smoke, liquid nitrogen, and other cool ways of making drinks. We also ordered several appetizers. Great presentation but a little too fancy for my taste.

Natalie Caldwell: We were in DC for the weekend, looking for a place to get drinks before our later dinner reservation. There is a reason barmini has the reputation it does, and our experience was more than we could have hoped for. The attention to detail was both expected and impressive - the care and perfection that went into each crafted concoction was amazing. We described to our waiter what our flavor profiles were and he made us both personalized (and perfect) cocktails. We topped off our before dinner drinks with the brioche. *Chefs kiss* and that butter…I’d eat a whole loaf. Can’t wait for the chance to come back.

Elliott Temkin: Delightful bar experience! They were kind enough to be able to fit us in without a reservation even when they were fully booked on a Saturday night (though they turned many folks after us away, so I wouldn't count on getting in that way). Tried six drinks between us and they were all excellent. Creative. Balanced. Flavorful. They even gave us a sample of the peanut rum they produce in house and it was divine. Had a couple small bites (grilled cheese and wagyu tartare) and they were exceptional too. Well worth a visit!

Kennith “Conley” Coleman: We were able to enjoy the cocktail flight. The experience was amazing and all the cocktails were so delicious. The service was excellent. We also tried the grilled cheese appetizer and it was beyond good.

Triloka Shanbhag: For those of you wondering if the long waitlist and tough-to-get-in reservation system renders this place worth going to or not, I’m here to tell you it is utterly and absolutely worth the wait. The experience of being at Barmini and having their cocktail flight is unparalleled. From the sophisticated palette displayed in the variety of cocktails to the servers that pay you copious amount of attention, every little detail is planes to the tee. At times you may feel you are transported to be amidst a lab experiment but the drinks made at your table using liquid Nitrogen are delicious and a spectacle to watch. We also tried the brioche bun, it absolutely melts in your mouth. Having been to a few other Jose Andrés restaurants in the DC area and always being pleasantly surprised with my experiences, this certainly keeps the streak going. Can’t wait to try Minibar by Jose Andres too.

Justin Searle: If you like cocktails and tasting menus, this is a must hit place! Go for the paired cocktails your first visit, which you won't regret. On your second visit, go for the à la carte menu so you can fully explore their custom cocktail menu.

Diana Brody: Wow, this series of beautiful, fancy little snacks and cocktails (or mocktails) felt like we'd gone to a bewildering show. Each plate was so carefully constructed and delicious. My favorite bites were the wagyu tartare on shiso tempura and the cherry blossom marshmallow, but our group legitimately argued over what the best snack was. The drinks were also incredible- I actually went with mocktails, and holy moly I've never had such amazing drinks. It is expensive, that's not a surprise, but if you want to spend the money on performance-level food and drinks, this place is amazing.

Mukesh Bhakta: Just Wonderful. Vegetarian food paired with drink for me and a la crate for my wife. The dishes can be substituted with non vegetarian. We had 6 small plates and were full by the end of 2 hours. Each item was superb and we did add Australian Truffels to 4 dishes which elevated them substantially. It is definitely worth it for the experience. It is expensive but we enjoy these throes of restaurants very much. Staff was precise and excellent. Cocktails were unique and superb.

DeJuae: Food presentation was some of the best I’ve seen here in DC. It has 2 Michelin Stars. The intimate setting and couches make for a nice date night!

James King: Amazing food. Fantastic service. Highly recommended.Presentation is very elegant. Decor is intimate. Call ahead.

4. Left Door

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305 reviews
Left Door
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1345 S St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 734-8576

Guy: Cocktail bar


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Austin Graff: On Black Cat music nights, a line from 14th Street NW down S Street NW hides an easy-to-miss door. Walk up the stairs and you're in a small, cozy cocktail bar with a long bar and several small tables. My buddy and I went on a Tuesday evening around 8:30 p.m. and easily found spots at the bar. Here's our experience: 1) Cocktails: The menu is diverse with a wide range of more stiff drinks to more sweet. They also combine flavors like pineapple and fernet to create unique cocktails. Of course, there's a bartender's choice option too. I ordered the Maiden Lane and it came in a tall glass. It was a little sweet and full of interesting flavors. My friend ordered the Pineapple Fernet Daiquiri and enjoyed the combo of pineapple and fernet. 2) Price: Cocktails are a little more steep compared to other spots- $18 per cocktail. 3) Service: When we first entered, it was a jarring experience. The bartender sternly asked us how many in our party. He abrasively sat us down, slammed a half empty bottle of water in front of us and then ignored us for twenty minutes. When he finally came back, we were too scared to order a bartender's choice. Then we realized he was the only bartender trying to serve every patron. He was focused on making quality cocktails fast. When two other bartenders finally showed up, he relaxed. In hindsight, he managed the situation well as it was clear his colleagues were super late for their shift. 4) Location: Just off 14th Street NW, there are many restaurants, bars, shops and an Amazon Fresh nearby. Because of this, parking can be hard to find, but we usually find a spot along Johnson Ave NW and S Street NW.

Beck Vissat: This place used to be much, much better. The cocktail menu isn't enticing in the least. I've had a decent amount of the options and they really aren't anything special. For $17/$18 a pop, it's basically highway robbery. I asked a bartender to make me a cocktail not on the menu and he made up some excuse saying he didn't have an ingredient that's not even in the drink. Better cocktails, better pricing, staff that isn't rude and they'll be back to the Left Door of years ago.

Alex L: I feel bad leaving a less than glowing review because the bartenders and other workers were so nice! Unfortunately, the drinks are not craft cocktails at all. It honestly tasted like booze and simple syrup, that's it. For $18 a pop. Different type of booze was about the only variation between the drinks. We tried a French 75 and it was warm, flat champagne, couldn't taste the gin, and served in an odd glass I've never seen a French 75 served in. Not worth the very expensive prices. Also the place has the look of a speak easy bar, but they're blasting very loud music that doesn't fit the vibe at all. I wouldn't go back.

Franklyn Z: Went here 3 years ago and had a blast with their inventive cocktails. But coming back now the drinks were not that interesting and they were overpriced. Service was great but maybe hopefully can have more creative drinks in the future.

byron subero: Nice bar with friendly and knowledgeable bartenders.

Mathew Crichton: Amazing cocktails, cool bartenders, and some of the bar music on 14th St! Definitely one of my favorite places to go for a drink.

Jerome Smalls: A speakeasy’s speakeasy. Ambiguous name. No website. Sketchy entryway. But a truly dope lowkey vibe. The “Grey Manhattan” will change your life.

Eric Erwin: Drinks were honestly one of the best I ever had...the Gin Pahit was unreal!!!!! Bartender was meh on service, but still worth going for a drink

Bernard Després: Absolutely amazing! The bartenders are really good at their jobs, they'll make you a cocktail to your heats desire! I have to day they hit a perfect mark everywhere!

Evelyn Allen: Visited the bar this last weekend for some after dinner drinks. All of the bartenders took turns coming out on the floor to make sure my date and I had a good time. The bar manager (?) seemed like such a super cool dude and even sat down with us during our stay. It was great because he was teaching us all kinds of booze history and talked about the culture during the pandemic. Just in General I loved that extra attention because I like to know things and it didn't seem like my questions annoyed him.. Just like any bar I am so glad they survived the shut down, but it kind of feels like left door never stopped but took a step forward during all of this with top notch customer service and quality cocktails. I'll be back!

5. 12 Stories

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385 reviews
12 Stories
Location
3.9
Price/Quality
3.8
Service
3.8
Parking
3.8
Wifi quality
3.8

Address: 75 District Square SW 12th floor, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Guy: Bar


Review: "Trendy and nice views."

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Megan Martinez: This place is perfect for celebration cocktails and happy hour. My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and I took my sister here for her birthday. Both times the view was spectacular, it wasn’t too crowded, and the service is just amazing. Each time the waiter brought a couple celebration shots and it made the occasion even more special! Deon was so friendly and welcoming. I can’t wait to go back!

Jason Saville: My company rented out the place for a night and we all had a blast. Very beautiful place, lots of room, great drinks and fast service. The view off the roof top is really nice. I would love to go back.

john Dickerson: The spot was dope, if you want a table or something to sit please make a reservation, and there's a 90 minutes time limit on reservation from the time your orders arrive. The staffs there are on their job, the DJ was great. Food and drinks was wonderful.

Black Star Dust: As you enter it looks like a hallway to no where but once you take the elevator ALL the way up, you’ll definitely feel like you’ve arrived. The rooftop vibes are on point. Great outdoor patio seating with panoramic views of the Potomac and Potomac golf course/Haines Point. I had the delicious salmon and kale salad and an old fashion. Both were delicious. The music and vibes are top tier. Great for a date night or night on the town with friends.

Donna Thompson: Came here got a quick pre-show meal. The menu was very limited but it made due. The grilled shrimp and the lamb steam buns were top notch. Also service was great. The place was empty but they made sure to make us feel welcomed.

Nia Bright: Very limited menu option. Beautiful restaurant + vibe but I wasn’t very satisfied with the Turkey club sandwich. Not sure what kind of sauce the put on because the menu don’t state it. The bread on the sandwich tasted terrible so I didn’t eat it. The po boy is good when they don’t toast the bread too long. Crab tacos 4/5 tasted good but I wish it had more than just cheese and crab. The crab dip was very tasteful. They should up the chips portion. So anyway the experience was good. I just wasn’t satisfied. Very good service for everyone. Also love that it’s a 21+ location. Thank you for bringing out our friend cake with candles

DeAndra Holmes: The view, vibe and ambiance was amazing. The menu is quite small but they make the best crab dip I've ever had. If crab dip isn't for you, get the PoBoy! Their drinks were great too. Customer service is top notch

Trena Briscoe: I recently celebrated my birthday with some close friends at 12 Stories at the Wharf. Everything from planning the event to having the party was easy and enjoyable. I reserved the Cove area of the club for my event, and it was perfect: The staff was attentive. The food was delicious! The music and the atmosphere were chic and elegant. I want to thank Judy Ava, the event planner, especially - she made me feel welcomed and handled everything with excellent care. I would be thrilled to host another event here.

Tina Beale: I was disappointed that we had a $75 minimum per person for bar food and was required to dress up for a lounge setting. The crab dip had mostly cheese and the drinks were water down. The Po Boy, chicken tenders and truffle fries were good. The View was spectacular but not sure it was worth the $500 dollars price tag for 90 minutes. That’s right you get only 90 minutes to enjoy the view. But at least I can say I tried it.

Candace L: Beautiful outdoor seating. It was cold outside but the heaters outside made the weather bearable. Our server was great, quick, and friendly. I tasted the chicken and burger. Get the chicken! It was delicious. My friend enjoyed the crab dip. Drinks were made quickly and tasted great. We made reservations and our table was ready when we arrived. Parking is a beast so arrive early. They stick to their 90 minute times on reservations.

6. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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1855 reviews
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 588-7388

Guy: Bar


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Heriberto Gonzalez (Heri): Had an absolute lovely time! The food was on point and the staff was super friendly from the get go. We were celebrating our anniversary and they were very accommodating. We had the seared tuna and a very tasty beet salad. The fry cake dessert was scrumptious. Of course you go for the bourbon and they didn't disappoint. Some stuff we were looking for were out, but Matt was able to suggest similar bourbons that were awesome! If you want to have a great time and try hard to find bourbon, stop by!

Oceanie De Silva: What an Amazing Whiskey Collection!! We had a night out of drinks here with our friend who was visiting us and we absolutely loved the place and the collection of whiskeys and bourbon and so many other stuff! The bar tenders are so friendly and knowledgeable about everything! I said I love fruity cocktails with either Gin or Vodka and instant cocktails were created! Must visit in DC

Meg Salocks: One of the best collections of Scotch Malt Whisky Society on the east coast, along with lots of other unique bottles with a real range in prices. The staff are eternally nice and thoughtful, and will happily help you find the right pour for your tastes. A date night favorite if whiskey is your thing.

Jasen Covert: Amazing selection of bourbon, whiskey and scotch. What made the night was how great our service was. Very knowledgeable on all things whiskey, and recommended phenomenal drinks. Can't wait to be back!

Anindita Barman: This is a very popular place I could tell from the crowd that was in the restaurant even after the kitchen had closed. We had the "Jack Rose Barrel Picks" flight, the "Time in a Bottle" cocktail, whiskey Wings and fries. The whiskey selection in the flight was great, the cocktail and the wings were good as well, however, the fries were not seasoned or salted at all. Service was good but the host could have done better. He just stood there without greeting or anything so we were not sure if he was part of the staff. Upon asking if he worked there, he said he did after which we asked for a table and he led us to one. :/ Parking can be a hassle as the restaurant is in the heart of DC. There is street parking but finding a spot is up to luck.

Gregg Caldwell: Have been here two times and the service has been excellent and the bourbon knowledge has been on par. Not sure how long it would take a server to know what liquor they have and the ability to speak about each bottle? Place gets loud as it gets later in the night. Make sure to check out the upstairs area.

Kevin Raisch: As a whisk(e)y fan, I had to visit Jack Rose while in DC and it was awesome. Kyle, our whisky advisor, perfectly crafted a whisky flight based on my preferences and provided very detailed and interesting facts about the story and science behind each bottle. In addition to the 3,000 unique bottles of whisky they have food, beer, cocktails and two floors of space (including outdoor space) so it’s perfect even for those who don’t want whisky.

Larry Miller: Over 2600 different Whiskies in their inventory. Great selection of rare whiskey. Great cocktails, service and food. This was a busket list bar for me. Itcwas the worth the trip.

Michael McDaniel: Truly a must-go place for bourbon and whiskey lovers. For starting at only $28, you’ll get to experience 3 bottles tasting with an excellent background on each bottle by well-knowledgeable and passionate servers.The second floor is open air with different corners to experience.

Nick Lethbridge: A whiskey lovers dream! The list of rare bourbon and Scotch is phenomenal. It's an absolute must for Bourbon lovers with a long list of options. Bar staff are incredibly knowledgeable.

7. Round Robin Bar

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185 reviews
Round Robin Bar
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.6
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: InterContinental the Willard Washington D.C., an IHG Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 628-9100

Guy: Bar


Review: "Very historic, very chic bar."

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Caitlin Cordova: The Round Robin Bar is the perfect place to have a cocktail during the holidays when you’re downtown to see the National Christmas Tree. Located inside the Willard Hotel, which is a work of art in itself, the circular Bar serves cocktails and a full menu of classic options. Cocktails ~$20 apiece. Happy hour is crowded, but there are plenty of standing options around the bar itself, and additional seating options in the hallway of the hotel’s lobby. Our bar table service was quick and efficient. Highly recommend checking this place out.

Ray Hendrick: Friendly service. Great drinks. Awesome history. A perfect place for after dinner drinks during your visit to DC. Try the Mint Julep or the Bee's Knees.

Annie Wilson: Attentive service, beautiful warm atmosphere and classic drinks - a delicious experience. The mint julep is spectacular, not fussy, and the staff are cheerful, knowledgeable and enjoyable to watch keeping bar. We went here to celebrate an occasion but we also went to see the national Christmas tree - great location for this. The historical aspects of the bar make a great addition to the experience.

Sue D: Every evening I've ever spent here has been epic. This past time, we got to know half the bar (as per usual here), and there was a great jazz trio playing Christmas music in the lobby. The Willard has the prettiest Christmas decorations in town every year. If you have company coming in from out of town (any time of year), be sure to bring them here. Don't miss the room at the top of the long red staircase that tells about the history of The Willard. MLK Jr finished his "I Have a Dream" speech here.

Paul Terry Services Lawn Care & Landscaping: Christina and her staff are - in a word - AMAZING. Kind, caring and beyond gracious. Special requests are a not a problem for this crew. For the most unique and special celebration, look no further. Grateful for this staff.

Hue Tran: Went to the place for a drink and dessert. Service was horrible. I was eating on my dessert and the lady walking passed my table and just grabbed my dessert plate without saying anything, none of the " are you done with this? Or can I take this? Was happened.

Alex Holston: Fantastic. In the 1800’s Henry Clay brought the Mint Julep to Washington DC featuring it at this bar. Rich in history they still make this favorite May drink the same way. Makers Mark. Rose Simple Syrup. Muddle mint. Crushed ice. Our bar tender was fantastic. One of the best. We will return.

Patsy Agpalza: The Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel in D.C. is quickly becoming a favorite spot to have a drink and soak up the atmosphere. The Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon is absolutely delicious. I have ordered it twice now and have been very happy each time. The Bartender, Elias has worked there for 30 years and is absolutely phenomenal. Ask him to make you any drink and you will not be disappointed.

Matthew: A classy bar in a historic hotel only steps away from where Ulysses S Grant coined the terms lobbyists. Great bartenders who know how to serve a proper glass of whiskey.

Joey Emmitte: An amazing topshelf selection! And you can't beat the amount of history in this quaint bar.

8. Denson Liquor Bar

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514 reviews
Denson Liquor Bar
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 600 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 1AM ⋅ Reopens 4:30PM

Telephone: (202) 758-3867

Guy: Bar


Review: "Really cool hidden bar with a speakeasy vibe."

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Linda L: It definitely passes the vibe check. The decor and dark wooden accents coupled with the dim lighting and rows of glistening bottles of liquor are just 👌🏼 The foods they offer are perfect for a quick bite and a drink. No complaints about their vast drink selection, and I've only tried their grilled cheese and caviar bites which were great. It's simple but flavorful. I did see they offer a few small desserts that I can't wait to try next time.

TexCat: Wanted to stop into a bar after a night tour of DC before heading back to our Airbnb. Happened upon Denson Liquor Bar - mightily glad we did! What a great little hidden gem! Friendly, personable staff, great drinks and service. Awesome cozy ambiance. Highly recommend

Benjamin G: Was visiting DC and wanted somewhere for after dinner drinks on a Friday night. Found this place. A little hidden but worth the walk down. Cool atmosphere, nice vibe and mix of people. The bartenders were great. They both make a mean old fashioned! True mixologists.

James B: The cocktails are spot on here and reasonably priced for the area. Cool aesthetic, felt like a a hot spot bar you'd find in NYC. I didn't try and food though

Val: Unfortunately, the prices and the way everyone acts here does not match the quality of food and drinks. I'd come here for the swanky dark atmosphere, order a drink or two, then move on for food and other drinks.

Austin Shaheen: Excellent service and the place has a really cool vibe! My fiancé and I were here on a Saturday evening for her birthday and they treated us to a complimentary champagne, very nice touch. We’ll definitely be back and recommend our friends visit here

Khoi Nguyen: Great small speak easy with awesome drinks. Staff is so friendly and very talented bartenders. Place is really dark but easy to navigate around. Food wise the oysters, fries, cheese board and pretzel are a must order bar type food. Drinks everything that has whiskey order here because it's delicious

Dane Fergusson: MUST GO! Walk down the stairs to step back in time to the speakeasy era. Just the setting is worth the trip; but, the drinks are incredible. Add to this the world class bartender Dinesha. Yeah, I said it. World Class! Excellent drinks, suggestions for other drinks, great conversation, asking our preferences to tweak to our tastes, made us feel like we were her only customers... and oh yeah the place got slammed with an overflow crowd... to busy now? No way! She still had time for hugs and pictures, before we left!
Response: Thanks Dane, you rock! All the staff thought you two were great and we all love Denisha too. She's fantastic. Come back and see us soon!

Matt Noble: What a great spot this is! Very old school and dim lighting, as if you are back in time at a speak easy. Drinks were all great and so was the music. If we are ever in DC again we will be sure to come back to Denson! Highly recommend to stop in for a drink if you haven’t already!

Brendan F: There is something about walking into a below street level bar that brings a feeling of vintage nostaligia. The staff is filled with smiles, conversation and great drink ideas and the food is unique and delicious. It does get crowded but that should tell you about the quality of the place. Definitely worth a visit.

9. The Crown & Crow

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280 reviews
The Crown & Crow
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 1317 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 763-7552

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Review: "One of the best bars in DC."

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M planetmike: Decorated a bit like a bar from Harry Potter's world, this bar is both cozy and spacious. Hook and the rest of the staff were awesome. Even for a Tuesday night, it was surprisingly busy. This is a bar. Food can be brought in. There is a small stage with a large screen where events are televised or can be used for karaoke nights. Thankfully, this bar minimizes the use of televisions, which are unneeded distractions. This is conveniently located near Thomas Circle and at the Southern end of the 14th Street scene.
Response: You can always count on us for a good time. Hope to have you back for another round sometime soon! -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

Christopher Yuen: I was in town for a business meeting and I took a few friends out to this bar on a whim and we had a blast! The bartenders were friendly and the drinks were unique and delicious! I had so much fun I ended up leaving my blazer at the bar. I called the manager Graham a few days later and he mailed it back to me all the way to Connecticut. He’s awesome and this place is too!!!!!
Response: Thanks Christopher, it's our pleasure to host you and your friends!

Melissa Hough: This might be my perfect bar. So warm and cozy, the staff is incredible, the drinks are good. It's never been packed (at least on a weekday night) which makes me feel better about the VID. I'd been here a few times before but last night went for the first time on my Dry January stint and they were awesome. Bartender made a tasty mocktail AND they have non-alcoholic beer! So glad I found this gem.
Response: We're thrilled to be your perfect bar, Melissa. You can always count on us for tasty drinks, even during Dry January! We hope you'll be back to see us again for round two sometime soon. -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

Chablis owens: It's the best bar in the city. The owner is an incredible person and if you get the chance to be served by him your night is going to be a thousand times better than you thought it would be. It is legitimately the best experience at a bar in DC you can possibly find. And it's not even a strip club. That's rare.
Response: Thanks for coming by, you rock and were lucky to have guests like you!

Annie: Cool bar with a chill vibe. Came here on a Monday night at 630 and there were only 2 other groups. Not the typical DC bar. There are a few tables and the bar to sit at. The cucumber mule was really good!
Response: You can always count on us for good vibes and great drinks, Annie. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your cucumber mule. Come back and see us for more cocktails in the future! -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

Noah Wahquahboshkuk: Aesthetically pleasing atmosphere and 2 sides to choose for your pleasure. The first side is more of an elbow-to-elbow-packed environment with loud music. The second side is a more relaxed spread out environment to hold more intimate conversations with friends. Being new to the area, ordering a beverage similar to the drink of preference (Weiser) was difficult due to the unfriendly bartenders. Kinda gave me the you-don't-belong-here vibe. The suggested brew was not the best, but the gin and tonic was great! Bathrooms clean as well as the main areas. Would come back and maybe study up on what is offered on tap.
Response: You can always expect good vibes from our place, Noah. We’d never want you to feel like you don’t belong here, and we’re sorry if that was the case. Next time you swing by, we’ll make sure to find you a brew you’ll love. Hope to see you back soon so we can impress you with our friendly service and unique tap selection. -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

David Benjamin: Booked a private event in their larger bar area and cannot say enough good things about Lindsay and the team as well as the space. The drinks were great, we received numerous compliments from our guests on the venue, and Lindsay was a huge help planning the whole thing. By far the best, most professional experience I've had booking an event space/bar in the DMV!
Response: We’re so happy you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you so much for the kind words.

Corey Nolan: Always have a great time in this nostalgic Bar. Brian "Bar Man" has done an outstanding job building his dream. Staff is super friendly and they have stepped up their cocktail game since I last visited. Glad I was able to ring in 2022 in such good company! Thanks C&C team! Stay safe!
Response: We're glad to hear you always have a great time with us, Corey. Our friendly staff is always here to take care of you and treat you to a cocktail. We hope you'll be back to celebrate with us sometime soon. -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

Adriana Cortés-Buelvas: I absolutely love the Crown and Crow. Great cocktails and a huge offer on drinks. Great indie rock music, feels like an Irish experience.Graham is the nicest!
Response: You can always count on us to show you a good time, Adriana! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your cocktails and the music. Hope to have you back again sometime soon! -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

Adam Adam: I went there for the first time last night I had the worst bartender in town. First he didn't even greet me or anything he walked up to me and asked me very rudely what do you wanna drink didn't, but I seen him greeting other guest properly so if I had to guess it might have to do with the fact I have an accent. I wasn't very familiar with the beers so asked him what's the lighter beer you have he laughs and said Guinness. I never been treated this way in this city.
Response: Adam, very sorry you had that experience, The Crown and Crow's staff represents cultures from 3 continents. One of our core values is that "everyone is invited to the party." I'm Brian, the owner/manager and I bartend on Fridays, please come by and let me buy you a drink and show you the hospitality that we are known for.

10. Doyle

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202 reviews
Doyle
Location
4
Price/Quality
4
Service
4.1
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4

Address: 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 2PM

Telephone: (202) 448-4301

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Kathryn Corselius: My friend and I just tried this bar for the first time, and we had a great time! It's beautifully decorated and lots of windows give a great view of Dupont Circle. Service was fast, and the food and cocktails were delicious. Food + drinks are on the pricier side, but the experience was worth the splurge for us.

Taeetheproducer: First, let me start by saying WOW! When I first walked into this place, I felt as if I had stepped on a 70's film set. The decor, the music, the cutlery, AMAZING! Secondly, the service from the moment I walked in made me feel as if I was just going downstairs to my living room with some friends. The staff were all so friendly and professional, but not too uptight as to make you feel uncomfortable. I'm no white-collar professional, so it's good to get a little of both. They were very polite in asking for our vaccination cards, and even made a joke to make the request more fun. Thirdly, the general manager Hicham stopped at my table and checked on me and my guest to ensure we were having a great time. Even when he was running around doing 3 jobs at once, he never made us feel like asking a question would inconvenience him. STELLAR! Finally, my guest (who was my brother) absolutely loves bourbon. So naturally, he ordered a manhattan. His reaction was priceless. He could literally taste every ingredient, equally balanced. Needless to say he ordered a few more. I'm not a big drinker, so I naturally gravitated to the food. Good lord. The quinoa salad with feta and chicken was outstanding. So fresh and so clean! If you've gotten this far, congratulations. PLEASE pay this place a visit.

Brenna Holmes: Nice chill vibe, with a decently curated spirits menu. Wine list leaves something to be desired and the service could have been better. But overall it's always a reliable and relaxing choice to grab a nice drink.

Michael Corey: Nice bar and outdoor patio next to Dupont Circle. Interesting historical lecture series hosted by Prof. Smith & Doyle's.
Response: Thank you for the 5-star review. We're pleased to learn you enjoyed your evening at Doyle. We hope to welcome you again soon. Regards, Julian Enright Senior Bar Manager

Sarah Abay: I have been going to Doyle bar for a quite a while more than 10 years. Very classy and pleasant place. Service is the best but lately I don't know who is in charge the music is so loud and the choice of music is more like a club and doesn't go with the bar style. I have known this place perfect for meeting and working very chill gathering the music is changing the mood.
Response: Thank you for taking the time to share feedback on your recent visit to Doyle. The guest experience is of the utmost importance to us, thus feedback like yours is greatly appreciated as our team strives to deliver a memorable experience. As a valued guest, I would welcome the chance to speak with you further and invite you back to allow us the opportunity to make amends for your recent experience. We hope to see you again soon. Regards, Julian Enright Senior Bar Manager

Justin Leach: The servers were very friendly but 4-5 different people visited my table through the night, I wasn’t sure who my server was and who was just there to refill waters because everyone seemed to be switching roles. Even the host refilled my wine. They weren’t even too busy. I never got my salad, which in my situation was fine because I wasn’t too hungry anyway and really just wanted a couple drinks but normally would not be okay, and when I asked for the desert menu it took 20 minutes because they apparently only had one copy and all the tables were sharing it. Again, very friendly but confusing service. Can’t speak to the food because I never ended up getting mine.
Response: Thank you for sharing feedback on your recent experience at Doyle. While we're pleased to learn you found our staff to be friendly, we are disappointed to learn we felt short on delivering a memorable experience. Please know I have shared your comments with our team to ensure the high service standards we have set for our team are consistently upheld. Should your travels bring you back to Doyle, please let me know so I can personally ensure we have the opportunity to make amends for your recent experience. Regards, Julian Enright Senior Bar Manager

Alyssa Miller: I usually love the Doyle however - after over a month of not setting foot in the establishment I was charged over $85.00. Let me be clear - I have not lost my card, it has been in my possession the entire time. It has been impossible to get this resolved and incredibly disappointing in that the likely cause of this was a staff member running my card information and pocketing the money. My goal has been reversed and that has been not only incredibly difficult to do - I have been promised call backs from the manager that have never materialized. At this point I don’t see myself ever going back to what was one of my favorite places to enjoy a drink and wonderful atmosphere and I cannot in good conscience recommend it to anyone because they might be stolen from.
Response: Good Afternoon, Alyssa. We are deeply concerned to learn of this issue. After further review, it appears there was a delay of charge from the credit card processing company from your original visit. A member of our team would like to be in touch to provide additional details surrounding this charge. Please be assured that credit card details are never stored in our systems. When convenient, please send us an email with your contact information so we have the opportunity to make amends for this inconvenience. Regards, Julian Enright Bar Manager Hello@doyle.bar

Lina G: The best spot to kill your vibes. I felt disrespected. My taste buds felt disrespected. The three days old burger buns were offensive to my very culinary enthusiastic existence. The pickle wouldn’t take in the knife or teeth. The cocktail tastes like slushy. The bartender attends to customers not in the order of first come first serve, but in the order of shades - of course white to black. The manager looks like he hit the loto making management in the midst of lack of labor in covid era. If you came in ravenous, you’ll leave mortified or else you’ve simply lost your taste. What a shame it’s in the heart of DC. Sat June 25th, 2022. 11pm
Response: Thank you for your review. We are extremely concerned to learn of your recent experience at Doyle. We would like the opportunity to speak with you further to learn more about your visit, address any shortcomings, and see how we can make amends for your experience. When convenient, please send us an email with your best contact information so we can be in touch. I look forward to speaking with you. Regards, Julian Enright Senior Bar Manager Hello@doyle.bar

Hailey Alemán: The food is great, but considering the prices and the automatic 20% gratuity that's added (which is not mentioned on the menu and apparently applies even to parties of 1 or 2), the service needs to be way better. Ordered a glass of wine and finished it, along with my water, before my server ever came back. Someone else's server came back and filled my water glass and brought the check because my original server just walked right by me for literally 40 minutes, and literally never came back to my table despite stopping several times by other tables. Couldn't even catch her eye to get the check. I've worked in food service as well and can't imagine how you justify charging an automatic 20%, a tip for excellent service, when the service is so lacking even when there were two other servers and the place wasn't completely full. Come on guys. Again, the food is great. Maybe the service was terrible because it was an off day. Who knows.

M Whittaker: Fun office happy hour in a perfectly air-conditioned environment! Tasty drinks and snacks for all co-workers!!

11. Ellipse Rooftop Bar

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Ellipse Rooftop Bar
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4
Service
4
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4

Address: 1522 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 830-1904

Guy: Bar


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Morris Jones: The good - This is a nice place to enjoy time with a friend...great views. Food offerings were on par for a roof top bar. The "beef" - The bar area is small...enough for hotel guests to enjoy and groups of two. The bar size and the bar service are not satisfactory for handling a group or a table with more than 3. Do not go expecting table service (none). You must go to the small bar to order everything...paying for a table or a round of drinks was a challenge. Paying for a $40 shot of whiskey served in plastic glassware (?)...I did enjoy my table guests, the view and the weather. I expected better service...

Donovan Craig: Nice rooftop with a bit of a view, the atmosphere was very relaxed, just wish they were open to the public more as we saw multiple days where they were closed for private events.

Rich Opalinski: Weather was perfect while we stayed, both bartenders were attentive,great views

M planetmike: (Update 2022 June) Arrive early if you want a seat. Conveniently located to McPherson Square. There is a happy hour. However due to its relatively small footprint and its connection to the hotel it is often reserved and unavailable. Recommend calling ahead to verify it is open. It is a refreshing spot on summer days.

Casey D: Drink selection wasn't that impressive. View was nice but we left after one drink. Was a bit crowded too, a party was talking up a lot of seat space but weren't actually sitting there. If we were starting at this hotel I may go back if I didn't have plans but not otherwise.

Rachel Cipkins: Perfect place to unwind after a day at the national mall

Adara Ney: A perfect place for an after work drink to watch the sunset and soak up nice weather. Great for group events too! I hosted a team happy hour with 20-30 and had a great experience. Great food (and prices!) on the catering menu and Brittany did a fantastic job coordinating the event.

David Cuevas: they never used real tequila on my tequila cocktai, I got a headache before I finished it.

Brenda-renee Vance: I enjoyed myself. The bartender was amazing. My drinks was good beginning to end.

Mike Rucki: Overpriced drinks, very limited bar selection, and not enough bartenders on a cramped rooftop. A decent view earns an extra star, but I cannot recommend this spot.

12. Service Bar DC

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Service Bar DC
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 926-928 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 462-7232

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Elias Chelala: Awesome location with a cool vibe. They have an enormous selection of cocktails and delicious food. Make sure to try their spicy fried chicken sandwich which is very juicy and crispy. If you plan on visiting make sure to bring proof of vaccination. The prices are reasonable for the area and the service was decent! I will visit service bar again!

Kara Clark: Small bar with great food and drinks. Fried chicken sandwiches are stacked and cooked perfectly with seasons. Drinks menu are listed from light to strong. I do wish the food options was more but overall happy with the pick! Drinks absolutely great! Your bill will add up however, it was a bit pricey but overall great food. The bar is a bit small but they have outdoor eating areas as well.

Besart Ç.: Epic spot. Went for friend's birthday. The bar looked just like any other casual DC bar. But once you order your first drink, you quickly realize this is one of the best cocktail bars in DC. Their drinks are phenomenal: liquid nitrogen, fresh ingredients, top tier alcohol, and amazingly talented bartenders. On that note, the bartenders were absolutely awesome lads! Loved chatting with them. They even gave us free shots for our friend's bday. Looking forward to next time guys! (Too sad I was too focused on drinking the cocktails so I forgot to take some pics, but these are some snaps from a video)

Monica R S: The fried chicken is soooooo good! Food was overall delicious. The old fashioned was good. Service was good too. We sat outside and it was sufficiently heated.

Rebecca Kaufman: One of my favorite places to get cocktails in DC. They have such a great and wide selection of different specialty cocktails with plenty of different liquor options to choose from. They also always have seasonal options that change often as well as a great selection of small bar foods.
Response: 🤘🏼

Lani: Casual bar with good drinks. You can only sit 1 hour and 30 mins. The food was about a 6/10, we got burgers and mozzarella balls.

Kelly Wiley: What a great little place with excellent drinks and food! Cullen was super knowledgeable about the menu items and the specifics of each drink! They have stellar homeade ginger beer!
Response: 🙌🏼

Mark Orebiyi: On the search for the best Fried Chicken Sandwich in the DMV my team and I came across Service Bar. I highly recommend this restaurant. They are known for their cocktails but this sandwich was devine. Solid portion as well (fries come separately). I would put them in my top 5 (and this was our 21 place). Our server, Cullen, was extremely informative and accommodating. I will be back.

Saminda Wijegunawardena: Really dope spot. Tons of character, and characters. Provocative cocktails, tempting bites.Great decor and art. It's got all the NW vibes.

Blake Arrington: Good drinks and great chicken The fried chicken meal is the best bang for you buck coming with 3 sides and 2 chicken thighs for $20, I definitely recommend it Make sure you try the original fried chicken. The Nashville hot is good but not as good as the original which has a honey glaze. The atmosphere is a very bar feel inside. If you sit outside they did a good job of turning the street into a nice seating area but it is very loud with cars driving past Would come again to just get the chicken to go

13. Quill at The Jefferson

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171 reviews
Quill at The Jefferson
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.7
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 1200 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 2PM

Telephone: (202) 448-2300

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Georgia Hensley: What a great experience visiting The Quill. When we arrived there was no place to sit at the bar or restaurant, so our waitress let us go in a little room with a couch and TV, she brought our drinks while we waited. They treated us so special! The drinks are the very best, served with olives and a variety of nuts. We left happy and elated. We will def. return on our next visit to DC The Quill is located at 1200 16th St. NW in Washington DC 20036
Response: Thank you for the kind words! We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit to Quill and hope we can welcome you back again soon.

Linzee Ott: Extraordinary vibes, really friendly staff, and supremely tasty cocktails. Sat at the bar and a different time at a table, and thoroughly enjoyed both experiences. Really professional but also creative cocktail menu. Upscale but approachable. A favorite tucked-away spot in DC.
Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to Quill!

Patrick Young: Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and great cocktails. Quite pricy though, but after looking around the hotel you’ll understand why. They give cashews and pickled vegetables to you while you wait that are very much appreciated. Type of place you’d want to frequent if you want to run into politicians or others with power

Karen Koller: Outstanding cocktails and service. The kitchen closes at 10pm so I didn’t get a chance to try and food but the complimentary nut mix and pickled vegetables were delicious. Prices were reasonably.

Matthew Brown: The bartenders are fantastic. The level of professionalism and craftsmanship is second to none. You cannot get a better drink than the ones made by Meghan and Katie.

Amanda Cropper: Spot on cocktails and service. Charcuterie board is excellent and easily feeds 2-3 people. Worth every penny.
Response: We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit to Quill!

Matthew Wilding: Beautiful bar styled after a glass bar the owner apparently saw in France. Cocktails were great, ambience was perfect. Meghan the bartender was an excellent conversationalist and really knew how to work a room. One of the best hotel bar experiences I’ve had.
Response: Thank you for the kind words about your recent visit to Quill and your positive experience with Megan!

Gabriel Lopez-Bernal: One of the best cocktail bars in DC. Spectacular.
Response: Thank you for the kind words!

VictoriaVenturing: Beautiful hotel and restaurant, loved the cherry blossom drinks!

Izabelle Monique: Great experience as always. I miss the live piano jazz, though. Peter was wonderful and made The Quill’s nights even better before the pandemic.

14. Quadrant Bar & Lounge

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124 reviews
Quadrant Bar & Lounge
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM

Telephone: (202) 974-4946

Guy: Lounge


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Daisy Sun: We visited this establishment to celebrate a graduation. The wait staff was pleasant. The food was fresh and eye-pleasing, however a little light on flavor. The drink menu was decent, and overall it was a fine dining experience. Don't forget to bring your wallet! Pricing definitely consistent with the Ritz-Carlton brand.

Saminda Wijegunawardena: Perfect balance of elegance and casual, always enjoy the ambiance of the bars at the Ritz. The smokey old fashioned is a must try, albeit a bit on the sweet side for my taste, but it's all about the presentation. Great place to grab a drink with the grown-ups while the kids play across the street at Castas.

Konstantin: Visited this place for breakfast while staying at Ritz Carlton hotel. Well, it is expensive but the food is good, atmosphere is very cozy and place itself is amazing. They do have buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sundays. Monday to Friday is a la carte

Carlina Smith: My husband and I stopped in for a couple of drinks during an alumni event. The service was superb and the drinks were stellar. No surprise, they are located in the Ritz. We'll definitely be back.

D J: Entrees are good, ambience is very nice. Appetizer for butternut squash was okay; warm, consistency good but bland flavor. Had an old fashioned for drink: Not well mixed but you do get the $12 worth of alcohol...salmon and chicken entrees we're really good just ask for more sauces

Russ Dean: The ambiance and service at Quadrant was worthy of the Ritz Carlton name. The cocktails were unique and delicious. We were fortunate enough to order the lamb chops as a whim and they were beautifully executed with both a mint and smoky sauce. Some of the best we've had. We stopped here before a dinner reservation and the service was very fast. Didn't intend to order food here, but glad we did and recommend you do too.

DJY30: Very comfortable place. I really enjoyed the relaxed but upscale setting. Live jazz on Saturdays, all the other days they play jazz, I guess from Spotify/radio. Still nice and relaxing. Cocktails are very strong and food is very delicious. I recommend to get a reservation ahead of time; it can be crowded in the bar area (small bar) if you dont come at an early time (aka 8pm/2000). Highly recommend.

Joe Joemer: Always appreciate the atmosphere of the Ritz's bars, which strikes the perfect blend between formal and informal. Although a little too sweet for my tastes, the smokey old fashioned is a must try. However, it's all about the presentation.

Shaun “Shaun386” Jafarzadeh: Had dinner here after a long drive to DC. Food was good service was both friendly and knowledgeable. Bar staff was helpful with recommendations and knew the local bar scene well.

Ahmed Hameed: My gf and I were at this place, the drink cup broke and cut my girlfriend’s hand. They fixed this incident. 5 minutes Later the server brought the check and asked me to pay and leave because they were slow !! It was such a big lie … the place was full of customers and he had a big attitude when he seen lil salad dropped on the floor. I was extremely disappointed and treated racistly based on how I dressed First time and last time at this place.

15. Off the Record

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522 reviews
Off the Record
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4:30PM

Telephone: (202) 638-6600

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Ariel Aviles: We loved this hidden bar, just a perfect "speak easy" located in front of the White House. Decor is very fancy, lighting is dark, all red walls with caricatures of politicians. Bartender was friendly, and we got some great cocktails. Perfect the end of a date, nice cousy space for great conversation and drinks.

Kimberly Giang: Came here for a light snack and drink before dinner. It was very crowded during Presidents Day weekend but we managed to find a 2 top table. Loved the cozy old fashioned lounge atmosphere. Even though it was insanely busy, our server managed to be very helpful and attentive. He did a great job running around the whole bar by himself. I did not get his name but the receipt said Vlad on it. He definitely deserved a shout out! My husband enjoyed his drink and I liked the soup!

Karen Riegler: What can I say? Amazing, amazing, amazing!Daughter took us on our visit to DC. Pear martini is oh so yummy! Lobster rolls. Potato croquettes , wedge salad! The staff is incredible! Can’t say enough about the experience! Must go

Paola Pritchard: Very old school vibes and men in suits. The drinks are good and the staff is friendly. Had the potatoes coquette with red pepper sauce that was so good.

MANDI ANDERSON: I'm not going to lie...I loved this place! It's located over by the White House, and was suggested to me when I was visiting family in D.C. It is pricey, but go at least once for the atmosphere! The food was high quality, with inventive flavor profiles. But the drinks were amazing...I had a great Old Fashioned, and was impressed by the bourbon selection. The atmosphere is incredible, it looks like you might run into a Congressmen or Senator at any given moment!! The caricatures were a nice touch, and the coasters were amazing...I took them home for my home bar. Definitely come check this place out at least once!

janet ringle: What a wonderful place; I'd give it 10 stars if I could! Great craft cocktails, good service and incredible bar snacks. And wow...the decor. Get there early though, or be prepared to wait. But if you do have to wait, it's worth every second.

Stephani Roohani: My favorite place to visit with all my girls on our annual trip to DC. We are always warmly greeted by the staff and can generally get in at a table with little wait. The cocktails are phenomenal! Our favorite order is the cookies! What? Cookies in a bar? Yes, cookies in a bar. Order them. You won't be disappointed. If you are, you don't know good cookies. Freddie is the best and often busts out a song or two before the night is over. Highly recommend Off the Record for a nightcap.

Sylvia P: Iconic bar. The drinks were outstanding! The waiter placed coasters based on our political preferences, these are cartoon images of iconic government figures seen on the walls.

Sagar Wadgaonkar: Great bar. Cozy underground feel right across from the White House. Bartenders are very skilled and make great drinks. Drinks are expensive but that comes with the territory.

Steve Otten: My wife and I visited this place as a potential “speak easy” bar with some historical context connected to the Hay-Adams on Saturday 5/28/22 at approximately 10:30pm. We sat at the bar closest to the door. Eventually, we were given menus without any greeting or pleasantries. I ordered a Blanton’s straight and my wife a glass of wine. We advised the bartender it was my wife’s birthday and asked if he wouldn’t mind snapping a quick photo. He told us “he didn’t have time for that, and will get to us when he has a chance”. Mind you, this is a bar in DC during a holiday weekend and we easily walked in and found seats because of the lack of patrons. This clearly is of no surprise given the service. We actually happened to see his POS Home Screen and noticed 6 total tabs…. Six. The bartender eventually asked some wait staff behind us to take our photo which we declined. I asked for my check and the bartender told the other bartender “see this is what I’m talking about” and the took the next 10 minutes getting our bill in a folio. We both left our full drinks in disgust. From this point forward, I will advise all of my colleagues, friends, and family to never visit this venue. This was easily my worst experience of any caliber location and that bartender was a disgrace at best. I’m sad I wasted my time to visit, and even more so to type this review. I hope to whomever comes across it, that I saved you the time and money from the looming disappointment.

16. All Souls Bar

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All Souls Bar
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 725 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 733-5929

Guy: Bar


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Ivan Alekhin: We loved our time at All Souls last night. The bartenders were great and really knew what they were doing - they made the evening special. We liked the menu and felt like you get a lot of bang for your buck. The atmosphere of the place was just right - not too loud, cozy, and safe. We will definitely come back here again and again. It’s a gem of a place!

Mark P: Friendly, personable, and accommodating staff. Good music from rock to jazz and beyond. Unfussy yet creative cocktail list with prompt service. Authentic and reliable neighborhood bar. Give them a visit!

Jelena Djokic: The bar is nicely decorated and there are cool cocktails and beers that you can get there. However, when I was visiting, the music was tuned way down and it created an awkward situation- I could overhear all the conversations in the place so everyone spoke even more quietly. Besides this, there was a football game on that took everyone's attention so instead of it being a hip, groovy cocktail bar that I expected- it turned into a group of silent people watching sports. Maybe it's better on the weekends. I got good recommendations for the place. Prices are fair.

Cassandra Pereda: The drinks were good. But the male bartender when we were there was very rude. His demeanor was standoffish and not welcoming. Additionally, I got two drinks, each $11 somehow he said my bill was $30 because he was including his tip in it. I was going to tip regardless but the way he went about it rubbed me the wrong way.

Amelia Barabak: Had a bad experience- friend and I didn’t like the drinks (one on menu, one off). Bartender not friendly or helpful. Good if you like 7/11-esque snacks, mediocre service, and aperol. The drinks are cheap for a reason y’all.

Andrew Benson: Bartender to patrons — regarding hospital doctors in COVID, “they weren’t really in the trenches.” Don’t need to come back here.

Sara Wuillermin: Friendly, attentive service, good beer. Enjoyed the outdoor seating. Didn't try the food, so can't speak to that, but would definitely come back again!

YAZ 90Z: The Asian bartender acted uncomfortable to serve my party. Rude service.

Christian Mai: Fun bar to go to! Luved the roof top! Drinks were great and the service also!

Richard Derrico: Nice setting and good drinks. Fast service.

17. Bar Deco

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Bar Deco
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4
Service
4
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4

Address: 717 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 774-5867

Guy: Bar


Review: "Nice little trendy place across from the arena."

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Damon Okey: Great little dive in Chinatown with a rooftop bar. American style pub fare with a good cocktail menu and a few craft brews to chose from. Service was friendly, if a bit understaffed. Glad we stopped!
Response: Thank you for stopping in Damon- we really appreciate the compliment on the service. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

Bobbi DeAnda: We were looking for a fun rooftop happy hour and that’s exactly what we found at bar deco! Such a fun spot and the appetizers were SO YUMMY! I had the avocado eggs rolls…oh my gosh, SO YUMMY! Definitely a fun stop! Update 6/13 Came again and it wasn't as great as I remember... I literally dreamt of the club egg rolls I had last time and they were not as good this time (they got rid of the avocado). Also the seating is just a mess. If they put a counter around the edge of the rooftop there'd be so much more seating. Nothing worse than ordering food and having no where to eat it!
Response: Thank you Courtney- we appreciate it so much!

Dan B: We were staying at the Motto Hotel in downtown DC and their rooftop bar was closed for a private event, so they recommended we try Bar Deco, which also has a rooftop bar, and very glad we did. As we entered on the lower level, the hostess mentioned that the rooftop area was quite busy, and suggested we try the bar on the 3rd floor. The bar has a cool industrial vibe along with great Happy Hour food and drink specials. The food is very good (my wife said it's the best burger she's ever had), and they have a nice selection of craft beers and cocktails. We were fortunate to meet their Director of Operations, Jesse, who hails from the upstate NY area where we lived for 28 years, so it ended up being a very enjoyable evening. The next time we're in the area, we would certainly make Bar Deco one of our stops.
Response: Dan- thank you for the rave review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Bar Deco. We will pass your compliment on the food to the kitchen as well. Please take care and safe travels home!

Anthony L. Forshier: I ordered the Gouda Short Rib Burger; it was the best sandwich I’ve ever had. I don’t often write reviews of bars or restaurants; but knowledge of that short rib burger must be shared with the world. The short rib was delicious; but what made it exquisite was the added sweetness of the maple syrup coupled with the savory Gouda cheese. The crunchiness of the toasted bun ensured that each bite appealed to all five senses. I will be back.
Response: Anthony- many thanks for the rave review! We appreciate the compliment on the Gouda Short Rib sandwich. We hope to see you again soon!

Will Combs: We sat on the rooftop. Staff was fun and outstanding. Food was amazing as well. The pictured sandwich is only half of it. Portions are more than enough and fairly priced. Atmosphere and quality make this definitely worth a visit.
Response: Thank you for the great review Will- we will be sharing your comments with the team.

Shay Holihan: The whole place is 4 floors and I went when only two of the floors were open. The rooftop is very spacious and the 3rd floor bar is very long. They have great great happy hour specials. And I got the burrata salad with chicken and it was pretty good. Only reason I’m not giving it a 5 was because of the service. My bartender was really fast but not personable. I’ve been a bartender for over 5 years so it hurts to see none of the bartenders care about their guests. Also they add an automatic 20% grat on to every tab. Which I always pay more but it feels very odd to do it so high automatically.

M H: We were here for a Caps game and the larger female server was just angry the entire time. Thank goodness your other server in a black hoodie was there. She was awesome, polite, got us what we needed and even offered to go upstairs for a different beer we were looking for. Went on 5/7/2022 if you are a manager. She is the only reason we will come back. Please teach or help the other server. She was absolutely terrible. As a member of the armed forces and a past server myself, it was absolutely uncalled for and really upset the people around us and ourselves, food was awesome by the way!

Michal Family: This place was just massively disorganized. Check came with a bunch of things we didn't order, we had at least 4 or 5 servers, food runners constantly interrupting our meal trying to give us things we didn't order. This is the product of building a gratuity into every check, no ownership of anything, just shotgun random plates everywhere. Steak and cheese was good, and interesting spiral cut fries. Ultimately they did sort everything out, or I'd be more upset.

Christopher Bagot: Good pregame spot before a Capital One Arena Event. Nachos are best in the city, absolute 🔥! Good happy hour combined with some solid daily specials. Can get crowded on GameDay but service is attentive. Again, best Nachos. Disagree? Tell me what's better
Response: Christopher, THANK YOU for the awesome kudos on the nachos. We let the team know you are a fan. We appreciate your support. See you soon!

Justin M: Self serve bar with first come first serve. Good drinks!
Response: Thank you for the recommendation Justin! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

18. 618 Cocktail and Whiskey Lounge

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74 reviews
618 Cocktail and Whiskey Lounge
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 618 H St NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 3PM

Telephone: (202) 510-9604

Guy: Bar


Review: "Very low end bar with odd mix of bar and rap/hip hop venue."

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Haven Jimerson: 618 is a cool low key bar with great space to dance. They just opened a rooftop area which will be great for small events. The vibe is laid back but classy.

Tara Jeanne: The salsa dancing event was not air conditions as promised in the event flyer. It was beyond uncomfortably hot and more expensive than usual. $20 is too much to pay for zero air conditioning on a 96 degree day. Also, the salsa music was playing, but sometimes there is a dance group dancing casino rueda, that takes over the dance floor, making social dancing difficult and not enjoyable.

ct zfbm: Went for Salsa dancing! Great people! Great bar! Drinks are affordable too.

Benjamin Tokataake: It's secure and safe. The staff are friendly and helpful. The club also has its own restaurant where food can be ordered anytime during the night. The sound system is killer - Bassboss equipment - which shakes the floor and pulls you to the dance floor!

Carol O.: I love that this lounge offers Chinese food from the kitchen below. Not only is good delicious, but the owner is so kind.

FFerraz1: Possibly the weirdest bar I have ever been to. They call themselves a whiskey bar but everyone was ordering tequila. The atmosphere is a lot closer to a club, theres a big dance floor and they play Drum n Base music. The menu on the website is apparently outdated and they serve fewer options now. Good cocktails though. Tip is AUTOMATICALLY INCLUDED. I was in a party of three and we only ordered alcohol, and they still auto-tipped me. Safe to say they must get a lot of extra money like this. Watch your checks!

Diana Enriquez: Amazing green beer, my first one real Irish beer for st Patrick’s Day after best bf for so long in US the flights of bourbon that was very good, music was so Irish, we had a great time, the servers were amazing they gave us head bands and were so great and attentive that I can’t compliment more this place I really give the best review ever they are just amazing for me.

Kalan Foster: Drinks were great. The silent disco was very entertaining. They have weekly events so I definitely recommend checking them out!

최창용: Bought a 10$ jin and tonic with 20$ and the bartender tipped himself without even asking

Corey R: Loved the vibe, the drinks were great and the food was FIRE 🔥.

19. The Rooftop DC

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81 reviews
The Rooftop DC
Location
3.7
Price/Quality
3.7
Service
3.8
Parking
3.7
Wifi quality
3.7

Address: Rooftop Level, 476 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 909-5600

Guy: Bar


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MEVR3E: Pricey but you get what you pay for. I like the ambiance— would recommend this spot to catch up w friends or couples. I felt comfortable spending a few hours here, and enjoyed the personalities and service of the bartenders. I will be back again to make use of the happy hour specials.
Response: Thank you for leaving a thorough and honest review!! We are a new bar and intend to keep on improving , feel free to email us with any suggestions at therooftopdc@gmail.com! Our happy hour is the best in the area!

JP Carnes-Stine: Such a great way to spend a lovely Friday night! Crystal was our server/bartender, and she could not have been more awesome! Perfect martinis, splendid and attentive service, and an overall sublime evening! Sure, it's a little pricey - but the pricing is consistent with other rooftop bars in the area, and the quality of the beverages, food, and service are totally worth it! We'll definitely be back!
Response: JP, thank you for leaving an honest and thorough review! Can’t wait to have you back soon!

Cree Smith: Came here for the first time, will not be returning. We sat, and it took almost 20 minutes to be acknowledged. The bartender was also the server. I ordered a MDW cheeseburger... it came out medium. I literally had less than the amount of fries in a McDonald's small fry... for $23. When I made mention of the fries, I was told "The bar back said they're not sending more fries". Fine! So... I ordered a side of fries. I get a McDonald's medium fry for check this out... a whopping $13! Yep... a whole $13! This will not be a return visit. I came. I saw. I'm not interested.
Response: We are sorry to hear you did not have a satisfactory time. We are a sports bar with bar service, not a restaurant— which is your bartender served you your food. We apologize for the burger not being cooked correctly, we would have made sure to re-make it if you had requested us to do so. Our prices are competitive with other rooftop bars. We are a new bar, and intend to keep on improving. Thank you for the feedback, and taking the time to leave your review.

J H: I gotta say, I really enjoyed my time here. Our table was always being checked in on, and the customer service was great. Reasonably priced drinks and nice deals. You can probably tell from the pictures that the atmosphere was amazing. It seems like they're fairly new (maybe a little over a year?) But they definitely know what they're doing.
Response: Thank you for taking the time to write your honest review J.H! Our staff is very experienced and strive to make everyone’s visit a worthwhile one. See you again soon!

Epic Work: Nice setup and ambience aesthetic wise but bartender service is trash with non friendly attitudes. Therefore management of it is trash for allowing it. They walk back and forth ignoring you as if they have better things to do even with only 2 people there. Not ever again

Lindsay Peters: The view and atmosphere was great for an early spring day! There is limited seating at the rooftop edge. The prices are slightly higher though happy hour cocktails are 50% off (4-7pm). I had the pork tacos and they were super delicious. There is an automatic 20% gratuity applied.
Response: Thank you Lindsay for taking the time to leave a review! Come back for our new 50% off happy hour on Sundays from 1PM to 7PM!

Zahra Amiji: Literally the worst rooftop experience of my life. Went during the so called "happy hour" where drinks are supposed to be 50% off and was charged full price for multiple drinks ($18+). Also, had to wait 45 minutes to be served at the bar. Would not recommend this rooftop at all. Try a different place for a better DC experience.
Response: Zahara was refunded** Hello Zahara, so sorry to hear of this mistake. We would like to make this right— please email your name to therooftopdc@gmail.com so we can correct your bill. We are a new bar and intend to keep on improving. We are making sure there will not be a long wait in the future. Thank you for letting us know, once again we would like to make this right.

Daniel X. Bandong: Great vibe! Staff was very attentive and a great menu. Had a great work Happy Hour with a fantastic space. However, no beers on draught; hopefully that changes soon!
Response: Love to hear you enjoyed our staff and overall vibe! Hope you and your coworkers come again soon! Thank you for the recommendation, we are a new bar and intend to keep on improving!

3z M: Lovely bar , nice service, thanks guys
Response: Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and pics! Come again soon!

Jay Black: The late night menu is fries, wings, and popcorn. Buffalo sauce and ranch on the side. That wasn't worth it when I came in hungry.. So I got two cocktails for over 40 bucks. The service was less than stellar, but what you'd expect for a gratuity included spot. The location is nice and the bar is very nice inside. The drinks were really good too. The did a good job fixing up the Rogue (if you know, you know).
Response: Thank you for your review Jay! Come back for our 50% off happy hour from 4-7PM! That’s $6 rail drinks :) we are a new bar and intend to keep on improving!

20. Allegory

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179 reviews
Allegory
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 1201 K St NW #1, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Guy: Cocktail bar


Review: "Hands down one of the best bars in the city."

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Sivasagar Kalagara: This place is really cool and fun to hangout with friends. The storytelling theme is really well done. We tried 6 cocktails on the menu they're really great. It's very hard to pick the best. I would highly recommend chapter 2 drink. I would definitely go back and try the other menu options. The staff is very friendly and answers all your questions. I highly recommend this place.

YNJ Consulting: Highly recommend. Especially if you are someone who likes a night cap after a long night out and about. The ambiance is perfect and MATURE. The cocktails were also phenomenal. Absolutely loved the theme as well of this speakeasy. One big flaw is the wait time. We waited close to 45 minutes to an hour and others waited probably longer than us. Not sure how they can fix this problem in the future but it’s such a hidden and lowkey gem.

Mohit Mehtaji: Great place to have some amazing cocktails. This place is a speakeasy but now sort of easy to find. It’s in the library section of the Eden hotel and since it gets busy you may have to be on a waitlist to get in. Highly highly recommend this place for some unique craft cocktails.

Mathew Crichton: The best speakeasy in all of DC! The drink program is top-notch, the food is delicious, and the vibe is inclusive and laid-back. I love this place, and now that it's re-opened I'm going to be dropping by for drinks on a regular basis.
Response: Hi Matthew!! This really means a lot to us. We thank you so much for your kind words and your raving review! We hope to see you again soon #behindthebooks!!

Desiree Hoffman: Hands down one of the best bars in the city. From the hostess who greeted me to the bartenders who take pride in their craft. Plus I ended up chatting with a few of patrons up and they were cool people. I will be back for my beloved old fashioned cocktail. And thanks to bartender for starting me off with a traditional cocktail and elevating it to a “weird one.”

James B: A cool speakeasy with some great cocktails. The aesthetic is great and a lot more open concept than you'd think in a speakeasy, so it doesn't have a claustrophobic feel.

Ash James: Laurel was an AMAZING waiter. We came here for a birthday and they came out with bubbles and “snacktails”. Drinks were amazing. Definitely come early as lines get long and they wont seat you unless the while party is present. But we will definitely come back! If you cant find it, just ask the hotel staff!

Diana Valentine: Definitely one of the coolest spots in the city for awesome vibes and unique cocktails! I unfortunately didn’t get to try their food when I went, as they stopped serving before we got off the wait list and seated. It’s located in the Eaton, an awesome, one-of-a-kind hotel that makes you want to explore every inch of it! Highly recommend!

Jennifer Schaffer: Is it expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? 100% yes!!! Definitely more of a special occasion splurge, but I've now been twice and LOVE it. The waitstaff really know what they are talking about. The bartenders are top-notch. Even the food is fantastic. 10/10

Brian Michael: Team here is amazing, drinks creative and delicious, presentation top notch and the bartenders are great people as well. Highly recommended.