The Bar at the St. Regis

With its low lights, music along the lines of Cafe del Mar, and complicated cocktail list, this bar is an ideal place to take a date (or to stage an illicit rendezvous). You can almost always find a table among the stray hotel guests and politicos (White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is a regular), and the forcefully shaken Hendrick’s martini is superb.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.