Great Bars 2011: Old Ebbitt Grill

If you can fight your way through the tourists in the entryway, chances are you’ll find a seat at one of Old Ebbitt’s four bars. The 155-year-old saloon has history (the walrus head on the wall was reportedly snagged by Teddy Roosevelt), but beyond the Beaux Arts facade and bustling, bow-tied waiters is a solid cocktail list, a reasonably priced menu, and one of the best Bloody Marys in Washington. During happy hour (weekdays 3 to 6), Old Ebbitt’s excellent raw bar is half off.

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