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Great Bars 2011: Off the Record
Reviewed By David Dorsen
Comments () | Published February 4, 2011
75 Great Bars (2013) Great Bars 2011

Off the Record
Address: 800 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-638-6600
Neighborhood: Downtown
Opening Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:30 AM to midnight and Friday through Saturday 11:30 AM to 12:30 AM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Farragut West

With the closing of Town & Country at the Mayflower, the Hay-Adams reigns as the classic old-school hotel bar. Dark paneling and suede envelop patrons in the subterranean bar, encouraging good conversation and discreet glances. Bowls of nuts and spicy Sriracha peas are a nice counterpoint to the bartenders’ strong Manhattans and dry martinis. History seems ever present: The walls are packed with caricatures of politicos past, and often the booths and chairs are filled with politicos present.

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