10 Great Hotel Bars and Lounges in Washington DC

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    Fantastic Spots to Drink, Lounge, and Socialize

    People at a bar
    Alistair Berg

    Washington DC has a number of hotels that feature elegant bars and lounges that offer a  wide array of spirits and are nice places to unwind before or after dinner. Following is a guide to some of the best hotel bars in Washington DC. Learn what makes each destination a "hot spot" in the nation's capital.

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    Off the Record at the Hay Adams

    Off the record bar area and seating
    The Hay Adams

    Hay Adams, 800 16th St NW Washington, DC (202) 638-6600. The historic hotel, located near the White House, features a cozy bar and lounge that is popular with locals and visitors and serves classic cocktails and upscale bar food. Off the Record is a prime spot for relaxing with its red leather booths and walls aligned with caricatures of Washington's politicians.

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    Bar Rouge at the Rouge Hotel

    Bar Rouge at the Rouge Hotel
    Rouge Hotel

    Rouge Hotel, 1315 16th St., Washington, DC. Bar Rouge is an ultra-modern lounge near Dupont Circle that serves breakfast, dinner and late-night cocktails. This is a popular spot for happy hour with drink and appetizer specials available from 5 –7 p.m. every Monday through Friday. The menu features items such as cornmeal crusted calamari, Bayou shrimp toast, Rouge burger, and salmon salad.


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    Bar and Lounge at the Hotel Tabard Inn

    Bar and Lounge at the Hotel Tabard Inn
    Hotel Tabard Inn

    Hotel Tabard Inn, 1739 N St NW, Washington, DC (202) 785-1277. Located near Dupont Circle, the historic hotel features a cozy bar and lounge with antique furnishings and a wood-burning fireplace. Jazz is offered on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights with “first-come, first-served” seating. The menu features classic cocktails and a world-class wine list.

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    EDGAR at the Mayflower Hotel

    The Mayflower Hotel

    The Mayflower Washington, DC Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington DC (202) 347-3000. EDGAR is an upscale American restaurant with an elegant bar that offers creative twists on classic drinks, specially-selected wines, local craft beers and more. With its location near K Street, the restaurant and bar are a power dining spot in the heart of Washington DC.

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    Dirty Habit at Hotel Monaco

    Dirty Habit at Hotel Monaco
    Kimpton Hotels

    Hotel Monaco, 700 F Street, NW. Washington, DC (202) 783-6060. Dirty Habit is a modern restaurant and bar, located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood, near the Verizon Center. The bar is a popular gathering spot with a glassed-in atrium lounge and an outdoor courtyard. Happy hour is held daily from 4-7 p.m. The restaurant and bar ​provide an atmosphere that focuses on social interaction with bar-centric food equally suited for happy hours, sit-down dinners and late-night bites. The menu features globally-influenced seasonal cuisine such as duck and foie gras meatballs, tempura calamari and guinea hen dumplings, which was inspired by an Eom family recipe.

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    POV at the W Hotel

    POV at the W Hotel
    W Hotel

    W Hotel, 515 15th Street NW Washington DC. (202) 661-2478. Point of View (POV), the W Washington’s rooftop bar and terrace, is one of the area’s most popular destinations with its unsurpassed views of the nation’s capital. The bar overlooks the White House and the National Mall. The menu includes a wide array of spirits and a light fare menu. Drinks are pricey but it is a great spot to wow your visiting friends or relatives.

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    Round Robin & Scotch Bar at the Willard Hotel

    Round Robin at the Willard Hotel
    The Willard Hotel

    Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC (202) 628-9100. Located just off the lobby of the historic Willard Hotel, the Round Robin & Scotch Bar is a legendary bar that has been a lively meeting place for Washington, DC’s political and social elite since the days of Abraham Lincoln. The bar has a sophisticated atmosphere and serves classic cocktails. It is a good spot for people watching.


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    The Quill at the Jefferson Hotel

    The Quill at the Jefferson Hotel
    The Jefferson Hotel

    The Jefferson Hotel, 1200 16th St. NW Washington DC (202) 448-2300. The Quill is an upscale bar at the historic Jefferson Hotel that is decorated with sketches of former presidents and a collection of 18th-century maps. The bar menu includes a mix of classic and signature cocktails and a dynamic wine list.

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    The Alex at the Graham Georgetown

    The Alex at the Graham Hotel
    The Graham Hotel

    The Graham Georgetown, 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW Washington, DC (202) 337-0900. The Alex is an intimate and approachable lounge and dining space nestled within the Graham Georgetown Hotel in Washington DC. The Alex name is drawn from Alexander Graham Bell which, like the hotel, pays homage to the life and times of the scientist, inventor, and innovator. The intimate cocktail lounge features a cozy, modern twist on the early 20th Century ‘Steam-Punk’ aesthetic. The menu offers craft cocktails, fine spirit concoctions, and fine wines.

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    Lounge at Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons Hotel

    Bourbon Steak
    Bourbon Steak

    Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC  (202) 944-2026. Located in Georgetown, Bourbon Steak, a contemporary steak restaurant offers a casual bar with luxurious details including stained white oak flooring, leather-topped tables and ceilings, with a view of the garden and courtyard. The restaurant serves contemporary American fare with a focus on seasonal ingredients.