Great Bars 2013: Round Robin & Scotch Bar

If there’s a more storied sipping spot in DC, we don’t know it.
The lobby level of the Willard InterContinental has been wetting whistles
since Abraham Lincoln was in the White House. Today bartender and cocktail
historian Jim Hewes—a 27-year Round Robin vet—presides over the
360-degree, polished-wood bar, enlightening guests on the history of the
city, the hotel, and the contents of their glasses. Scotch fans, take
note—Hewes has curated a menu of 100-plus bottles organized by region and
all available at the adjacent Scotch Bar. Insider tip: Opt for a mint
julep: The modern version of the minty drink was popularized at this very
spot, when statesman Henry Clay insisted that his julep, then typically
made with cognac, feature bourbon instead. Round Robin open daily. Scotch
Bar open Monday through Saturday.

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