Round Robin Bar

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Round Robin Bar

This is the place where, it’s said, the term "lobbying" was first coined. Those wanting a quiet word in President Grant’s ear used to hang around in the lobby of the Willard InterContinental Hotel hoping perhaps to stand the president or one of his advisors a drink in the Round Robin Bar. The lobbyists may have moved on but you’ll find that the bar is still reminiscent of an old-fashioned gentlemen’s club. Take a seat in the dark green, round space and see how many of the portraits of previous guests you can recognize: Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne and President Abraham Lincoln, who lived at the hotel for two weeks before his inauguration, are among the distinguished subjects.

Venue name: Round Robin Bar
Address: Willard InterContinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Cross street: at 14th Street
Opening hours: Noon–1am Mon–Thur; 3pm–1am Fri; noon–1am Sat; noon–midnight Sun
Transport: Metro Center Metro

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Amy Cavanaugh

Learn about Scotch—and soak up an old school Washington vibe—at the Round Robin Bar. It doesn't feel like much has changed, but the drinks are still great and the Scotch Bar still a special treat.