May 11, 2018
Part of the boutique Rouge Hotel, this stylish DC hotel bar has recently reopened after a period of renovation and a revamp of its food and drink offerings. The decor is striking: lots of red, as you’d expect, plus bold prints and sleek modern lines, with some Greek statuary thrown in for good measure to mark the exterior. There are plenty of cosy booths and long sofas on which to recline, making it a nice place for a date or a just chilled out evening with friends. Drinks are less fruity than they were: try the Terrier, a blend of bourbon, lemon juice, hibiscus grenadine, or the deliciously aromatic Mary Me Goose, a mixture of pear vodka, lemon juice, port wine, and rosemary syrup, with ingredients provided fresh from the hotel’s own rooftop garden you can’t get more local than that! There’s also a sizeable wine list to explore. The atmosphere is chic and the prices are in keeping with the upmarket setting. The place is open from 7am seven days a week (making it a prime spot for breakfast meetings in a city that likes to start work early) and happy hour is 5pm-7 Monday to Friday, with specials on food and drink and other offers run throughout the week. If you’re eating, an eclectic menu caters to all tastes. There’s a VIP room for private parties and a ‘side bar’ that you can reserve for meetings or gatherings where you want some quiet but still to feel part of the main space. Quirky fact: it’s one of the only places in Washington DC that serves wine on tap though we’re not sure how much of a selling point that actually is, especially when catering to an upmarket clientele.