We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Off the Record

One Lafayette Square, 16th and H Streets NW, Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington DC, DC
+1 202-638-6600
Save
Review Highlights
Be Seen but Not Heard

Regarded by Forbes.com as one of the World's Best Hotel Bars, Off the Record (OTR) is mere steps... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
JNetteDC
,
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
egansarah
,
Northville, Michigan
Read all 32 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
10 Jul 2017
“Be Seen but Not Heard”
18 Mar 2017
“Quintessential Washington watering hole”
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 11:30 - 00:00
LOCATION
One Lafayette Square, 16th and H Streets NW, Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington DC, DC
CONTACT
+1 202-638-6600
Write a Review
Reviews (32)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 31 reviews

Reviewed 10 July 2017

Regarded by Forbes.com as one of the World's Best Hotel Bars, Off the Record (OTR) is mere steps from the West Wing. Look for the side door where politicos enter - and often sit for a cigar. With overstuffed chairs and caricatures of famous Washington...More

1  Thank JNetteDC
Reviewed 18 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...More

Thank egansarah
Reviewed 11 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
Reviewed 20 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
Reviewed 9 March 2016

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

Thank GEOIK
Reviewed 29 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....More

1  Thank JohnnyBergstromMscD
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
Reviewed 30 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...More

Thank KrisSteve06
Reviewed 14 January 2015

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...More

4  Thank Angelidecovolo
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...More

1  Thank swimmom1dc
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
MI Rancho
286 reviews
.72 km away
Cameron Seafood Market
21 reviews
.64 km away
8407 kitchen bar
297 reviews
.65 km away
Cubanos
182 reviews
.72 km away
Nearby Attractions
Silver Spring Library
48 reviews
1.05 km away
Silver Spring Civic Center
16 reviews
1.17 km away
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station
5 reviews
.84 km away
Gateway to NOAA
9 reviews
.45 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Off the Record staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit