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  • April T
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania88 contributions
    This was the first stop on my Ivy City distillery crawl. I had a cocktail with peach cardamom and bourbon. Of all the distilleries, their cocktail came in first place.They also had a caterer on site serving hot food in case you needed a snack.
    Written 5 November 2019
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  • DianeO718
    New York City, NY11 contributions
    While visiting Washington, we wanted to get out of the downtown area for something different. Had truly good burgers and fries here, along with a great beer list. Not fancy, just feels like a fun pub. Awesome pickles! No kids' menu, but 8yo liked her burger very much (and 15yo old finished it for her.) Georgetown is strangely quiet by 9 pm so suggest going here much earlier to have full city vibe.
    Written 14 April 2022
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  • ASBCRB
    Urbana, OH378 contributions
    The service was excellent! The food was good. But the soft pretzel sticks were above and beyond! Great taste and texture and the cheese sauce was tasty.
    Written 10 July 2022
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  • Hank McCoy
    Washington DC, DC1 contribution
    This experience was wonderful. The cocktails are unique and delicious. The decor in the Library gives Columbia Room a speakeasy vibe, even though it is one of the most popular cocktail bars in D.C. Someone can definitely find privacy in the Library depending on which seat they choose. I sat in the high back chair right in front of the mixologist. Watching the process of cocktail making is an experience in itself. The lineup of bitters will make your head spin and the old fashioned choices might be challenging, but go out on a limb and try a cocktail with a spirit you may not have planned on drinking. It will be worth the risk. Walter was a wonderfully professional server and took the time to answer any questions I had without getting bogged down in conversation. The staff definitely wants you to enjoy your experience with whoever you are with. An intimate setting that is great for a date or for a small group of friends.
    Written 1 January 2020
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  • mikekap24
    Boston, MA50 contributions
    This place is definitely special. It's got a great vibe and I love the live music. Beyond that it's unique - but is that enough?

    The menu sounded phenomenal. it was okay. The service was good, the atmosphere was fun, the prices were reasonable - I have no real complaints about our experience here but would I go back? probably not. I can say that I've been there, drank there, ate there - and I think that's enough!
    Written 10 January 2020
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  • Courtney W
    Willow Grove, PA193 contributions
    I attended the Bombay Bicycle Club concert at the 9:30 Club in October. It was my first time being at the venue, but I thought it was on par with what I'm used to in Philly. We parked in a garage near the venue (not sure if there are better options) and didn't buy any drinks. The sound, which can be hit or miss at venues, was good.
    Written 9 January 2020
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  • MrGaucho1987
    Santa Barbara, CA1,000 contributions
    This is one of those places with a bar and plenty of board games for entertainment. I’ve been to a few of these, and this is by far the nicest. The bar is cozy and comfortable. Beth the bartender was very very welcoming. The drinks were good. I had a boozy hot chocolate and loved it. The crowd featured a few folks on dates and several tables of friends. All reasonably socially distant. This is a welcoming place and a great place to spend a few hours with friends or meeting new friends.
    Written 12 January 2022
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  • The_Loup_Garou
    Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
    Visit for Wines and Lunch in March

    In March, we were staying at the Hay-Adams, for my wife to attend several days of meetings on Capitol Hill, and I headed down into the semi-basement of the hotel, just as Off the Record opened. As per my usual, I was seeking wine, and I knew I’d find it there.

    Now, Off the Record is hidden away just a bit, and there is not a great deal of signage in the hotel lobby, unless one looks carefully, or asks directions. As the hotel is on a bit of a hill, on 16th Street NW and H Street NW, the semi-basement is down two flights of steps from the lobby, but from the H St side, it’s only a few steps, and the windows, look out onto H St, but at ankle level.

    As the name indicates, it’s a favorite haunt of politicians, and those, who meet with them. It’s a very cozy bar, with seating scattered around a bit, and some in nooks and crannies, that make that table feel private. It is adorned with 100's of political cartoon/caricatures, that are fun, just to admire, and then to try and figure out all of the various characters in each panel. I always find a new one, or two. One thing that I like is no political party, or even member, is immune from those pieces of art - Off the Record is totally bi-partisan.

    I sat at the bar, and had the wine list in hand quickly, while the bartender began setting up for the day - the lunch crowd had not yet arrived, and I had the bar to myself for a bit.

    The wine list had not changed, since I visited less than a year before, so I settled in with the Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz, Barossa Valley ‘15. The weather outside was rather gloomy, and it just felt like a “Shiraz kind of day.” I also had the Tr Elliott Bootlegger’s Hill Russian River Pinot Noir ‘16, Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ‘15, Hubert Borchard Sancerre ‘18.

    I decided on the OTR Burger w/ caramelized onions, sugar-cured bacon, wild mushrooms and Gruyere cheese, plus OTR mayo, on a nice onion bun, served with fries - this turned out to be a great Burger, juicy and flavorful. The fries were pretty good, as well. This was only the second time I recall eating at Off The Record (usually just drink wines and relax), and each time, the food was good.

    I spent the next hour, or so, on my tablet, with my wine in front of me. I checked out the coasters, which change with some frequency, and all by the artist, who had done most of the recent caricatures on the walls. Those too had not changed, and I think that I had all in my collection back home. Usually, the bartender points out new ones, since my previous visit, but could not think of any others. For the moment, my collection is complete.

    I have always found the service to be most friendly, even though I am not a politician, or a lobbyist. I try to keep politics out of my life, as much as is possible, and let my wife worry about such, as she has to work both sides of the aisle.

    After a bit, I headed up to my room to drop off the tablet in the safe, and go out and explore the parks, across the street - wishing for nicer weather, as so many of the trees were in bloom. Just a lovely little bar, tucked away in an historic hotel, and a great way to wile away an hour, or two. On this visit, I did not dine there, but in the past my wife and I have, and enjoyed a few nice lunches. I think that the food is from the wonderful Lafayette Restaurant, a floor above this cozy bar.

    I will return, as I always do, whenever in Washington, whether we’re staying at the Hay-Adams, or not.
    Written 16 October 2020
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  • DaftLad1970
    Nottingham, United Kingdom58 contributions
    Very busy a couple hours before the game but staff able to find good table for adults & kids. Combination of eating and drink to suit everybody in our party and a very friendly atmosphere.
    Written 4 December 2019
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  • Brunoash26
    Virginia172 contributions
    My colleagues and I frequently visit this place. The service is excellent and the staff are very friendly. The happy hour is great and we enjoy our time, here just relaxing, having a few drinks and spending time with our friends and colleagues after work. I will continue to visit this place as I love the overall customer experience!
    Written 3 September 2019
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  • switzerspoint
    Appleton, Wisconsin95 contributions
    We were staying nearby and stumbled upon the bar our first day. It became our "local" and we went every day we were in town. Outstanding staff, cozy atmosphere downstairs and relaxing outdoors, good menu and drinks. My husband was crazy about the wings and had them repeatedly. Lots of TVs inside playing whatever sports you might enjoy.
    Written 14 April 2022
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  • Juliette levington
    Washington DC, DC2 contributions
    Excellent food, drinks and service. Nice atmosphere and the staff was very attentive. I recommend that you check it out.
    Written 15 October 2020
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  • motagch
    Pittston, PA2 contributions
    Great place to visit before and after a Nats game. Lots of places to get drinks and no standing in line. Tons of room to hang out. Good music. Some places to sit up top. We got there a little late so didn’t get one but that was to be expected. Lots of drink options and some food as well. I didn’t eat but it looked and smelled good. If you go to a Nats game this is a must stop. If I knew the Nats stadium sucked I would of stayed here the whole game.
    Written 31 July 2022
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  • FilmsByJ
    Harrisburg, PA158 contributions
    This was our second time here. Our first time we just stumbled across it and really enjoyed it. This time was just as food. The bartenders choice was amazing. He came over and asked what type of liquor I like and what flavors I like and made an amazing cocktail. We will def be back here next time we visit the city!
    Written 23 June 2019
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  • RCollins67
    McKinney, TX136 contributions
    Really cool bar in a multi-story dwelling on eighteenth street just south of DuPont Circle in DC. The outdoor patio bar was very cool and the music was good for dancing. A little slow because it was a Tuesday night. Fair price for drinks.
    Written 9 October 2018
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