Off the Record
800 16th St., NW
Washington, DC 20006
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut West, Farragut North
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.