Best Bars For Business Drinks In Washington DC

August 22, 2013 8:00 AM

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As an adult with a fancy job, sometimes you want to have a drink when doing business. And that’s alright, as long as you make sure to grab those drinks at the appropriate bar. Your favorite rundown hole in the wall may be great for unwinding on Friday and letting loose over a couple $2 G&Ts, but you probably want to consider something a little more upscale and professional to leave a positive impression post drinks. We picked out a few our favorite bars in Washington DC to enjoy a business drink.

Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-4800

A Washington, DC staple, if you are entertaining business contacts from out of town, it may be worthwhile to bring them to Old Ebbitt Grill. While not the most quiet of restaurant bars in the city, this neighbor to the Treasury Building is one of the oldest restaurant brands in the city, opening its doors for the first time in 1856 at a different location. Boasting some of the best oysters and seafood in DC, and serving up a mean bloody mary, after working hours it is not surprising to see a mix of business people in suits from many of the surrounding law and consulting firms in the area, as well as families just passing through the district on vacation.

Off the Record
800 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 638-2716

If you are looking to grab a well-made cocktail at one of DC’s many “power bars,” look no further than Off the Record. Situated directly across Lafayette Park from the White House in the Hay-Adams Hotel, it is a well-known hot spot for journalists, politicians, lobbyists and other professionals in the district. Not the cheapest of bars, a well-made martini will cost you around $10 and a glass of fine red wine is more expensive, but as they say, nothing nice comes cheap.

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The Columbia Room
1021 Seventh St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-0336

Washington’s most exclusive watering hole, patrons have to plan ahead and make reservations since the bar only seats 18. Bringing your business contacts to the Columbia Room is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression, most likely a positive one if conversation flows as easily as the cocktails will. By the way, there’s no menu, and the price of admission involves three cocktails and some light snacks, all of which will not leave anyone with a sour taste in their mouth after your casual business meeting.

1200 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-2300

Quill, the bar and lounge in the revamped Jefferson Hotel, creates a professional environment with quality drinks and relevant design. With portraits of the presidents hanging along the walls and warm and dimly lit atmosphere, you can show off your business acumen while listening to the in-house pianist tickle the ivories and sipping on expertly made cocktails. The atmosphere and great drinks do not come cheap at the Quill, with house cocktails costing about $15 and glasses of wine starting at $7.

Round Robin Bar
1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-9100

One of the Washington Post’s Editor’s Picks, the Round Robin Bar is where Henry Clay first introduced the mint julep to Washington DC, a fun fact to throw out if you notice a lull in conversation between you and your business dates for the evening. Located in the Willard InterContinental Hotel, a well-made mint julep isn’t the only cocktail the bartenders at Round Robin do well. You can also expect expertly crafted gin rickeys, sidecars, Negronis and martinis being served to the standard bar crowd that includes politicians, lobbyists, office workers and many other visitors.

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Matthew Scott is a freelance writer covering all things Washington DC. His work can be found on

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