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Address: One Lafayette Square, 16th and H Streets NW, Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington DC, DC
Phone Number:
+1 202-638-6600
11:30 - 00:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:30

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Quintessential Washington watering hole

We found this bar and fell in love. It is a cozy, bustling place in the basement area of the Hay Adams hotel. Drink prices are not cheap but the range and service are... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Northville, Michigan
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Northville, Michigan
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3 reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We found this bar and fell in love. It is a cozy, bustling place in the basement area of the Hay Adams hotel. Drink prices are not cheap but the range and service are exceptional and make up for the prices. If you are after a true gem for a pre dinner or post dinner drink then I recommend.

Thank egansarah
Bethesda, Maryland
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740 reviews
245 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Great basement bar with lots of character and caricatures. Very good Manhattans but they were HUGE! It can get a bit loud when full. Worth a stop if you are in area or at Hay Adams.

Thank Sheryl B
Houston, Texas
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523 reviews
270 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Went here Wednesday evening and got the Pear Martini and Long Island both of which were packed with Alcohol and good.

Thank jordansbulls
Trikala, Greece
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2016

Basement.Very nice flowers and great coctails.Not getting nuts or snacks.Most there was very well dressed.

Jupiter, Florida
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97 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

Off the Record is so cute that I feel like I shouldn't even review it because I want it to stay off the record! The quality of the beverages is incredible, their presentation is beautiful, the staff is great and the ambiance is beyond imagination. The tufted red leather, the red paint, the caricatures of politicians everywhere - it is... More 

1 Thank JohnnyBergstromMscD
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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112 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2015

Friends told us about this wonderful bar in the Hay-Adams Hotel. It was an awesome place for a late lunch and a cocktail. Very beautiful and elegant. Made you feel like you were going back in time.

1 Thank AlgernonofChrisKay
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105 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2015

I have been at the best bars in the world, and it was a fun thrill stopping into Off the Record with my brother and his girlfriend. The ambiance is luxurious but not stuffy, and it's easy imagining powerful people meeting there and having important tete-a-tete's over cocktails. Unfortunately, the service was shockingly bad. Twice, a waiter walked away when... More 

Thank KrisSteve06
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140 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2015 via mobile

I would describe this bar as a keystone watering hole for power brokers and people just looking to have fun. What is it with the service people in DC, did they all take happy pills or something? Great service! We had a great time and you power brokers we partied with don't worry your secrets are safe with us.

4 Thank Angelidecovolo
McLean, VA
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186 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2014

Went after work with several co-workers because we thought it might be a place to have a conversation. Wrong. It was one of the noisiest places I've been. We literally had to yell to be heard. Menu lists food as "nibble", "nosh" or "chow", without a clear sense of quantities. The waiter suggested that "nibble" was too small and we... More 

1 Thank swimmom1dc
Morgantown, West Virginia
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113 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2014 via mobile

This clubby, elegant space lives up to its reputation as a top spot for cocktails in DC. The atmosphere is appropriately swanky, and the drinks are delicious. We had the pear martini and Lafeyette Old Fashioned, and both were complex and tasty. Lots of nice little extras, too, like the cartoon coasters and generous bar snacks, make a drink here... More 

2 Thank DPW67

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