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    Washington, DC

    OFF THE RECORD

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    Off the Record

    The Hay-Adams, 800 16th St., NW (Downtown)

    Washington, DC

    (1) 202-638-6600 | www.hayadams.com

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    • AMBIANCE

      Power Scene
    • HOURS

      Sun.-Thurs.: 11:30am-12:00am; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am-12:30am
    • RESERVATIONS

      Not accepted
    • DOOR POLICY

      Relaxed
    • PRICE (COCKTAILS)

      USD 16
    • YEAR OPENED

      Historic bar renovated in 2001
    • SIGNATURE DRINK

      Classic Cocktails
    • BAR

      Yes
    • FOOD SERVED?

      Yes - dinner and casual bar food
    • NOISE

      Quiet
    • OUTDOOR SPACE

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • METRO

      Farragut North; Farragut West; McPherson Sq
    Interior tables, bar, and server in the swanky Off the Record lounge

    VIBE

    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

    CROWD

    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.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Round Robin & Scotch Bar (Washington, DC); Bar Seine (New York)

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