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Off the Record
The Hay-Adams, 800 16th St., NW (Downtown)
(1) 202-638-6600 | www.hayadams.com
HOURSSun.-Thurs.: 11:30am-12:00am; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am-12:30am
PRICE (COCKTAILS)USD 16
YEAR OPENEDHistoric bar renovated in 2001
SIGNATURE DRINKClassic Cocktails
FOOD SERVED?Yes - dinner and casual bar food
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
METROFarragut North; Farragut West; McPherson Sq
Located in the basement of the classic Hay-Adams hotel and just steps from the White House, Off the Record hosts the Washington power scene at its polished mahogany bar. The elegant Victorian décor with red upholstered seating and antique chandeliers sets the stage for deal brokering and hush-hush political planning. Anyone who’s anyone in the Beltway scene has sipped at this spot. And conversation here is truly "off the record" − it's billed as the best "place to be seen and not heard" in this town.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
A chic, professional look like slim black pants, a crisp white shirt, and patent flats
GO HERE WITH
Co-workers; your parents
High-powered politicos, suits, and in-the-know young Hill staffers
WHY WE LIKE IT
Classy, plugged-in, and legendary, this isn't your average hotel bar.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
As with many hotel bars, this spot closes a little too early, and its below ground location.
GOOD TO KNOW
Resident mixologist John Boswell is a four-time winner of Washingtonian's Best Bartender Award.
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