Great Bars 2011: Off the Record

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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