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Round Robin & Scotch Bar
The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (Downtown)
(1) 202-628-9100 | www.washington.intercontinental.com
HOURSRound Robin Bar: Mon.-Sat.: 12:00pm-1:00am; Sun.: 12:00pm-12:00am; Scotch Bar: Mon.-Sat.: 4:00pm-11:00pm; Sun.: Closed
PRICE (1 OZ. OF WHISKEY)USD 10-140
SIGNATURE DRINKRare whiskeys
BARYes - circular bar
FOOD SERVED?Yes - American small plates
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METROMetro Center; Federal Triangle
One of DC’s most venerable bars, this classic spot has been serving Washington politicos since the age of Lincoln. Just off the lobby of the historic Willard InterContinental hotel, Beltway insiders kibitz and close deals as they gather 'round (literally − the circular bar is in the center of the room) Round Robin for cocktails or order from Scotch Bar's impressive scotch menu (featuring everything from rare labels to 100-year-old tipples).
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Business formal or business casual, like tailored black pants, a crisp white shirt, and classic heels
GO HERE WITH
Colleagues; your parents
An older set of DC power players
WHY WE LIKE IT
The history. The bar has hosted writers such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, and Walt Whitman, and it’s said that the term “lobbying” was born here during the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant because so many people asked him for favors.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
It feels just a bit tired. It’s a great stop for the history and the whiskey, but we prefer to finish off our night elsewhere.
GOOD TO KNOW
The cocktails are equally as choice as the pride-and-joy scotches. But if you’re a beer drinker, be warned: they only serve bottles.
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