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“Traditional cocktail bar”
Review of Off the Record

Off the Record
Ranked #12 of 177 Nightlife in Washington DC
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newcastle
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76 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Traditional cocktail bar”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Located in the basement of the beautiful Hay-Adams hotel, the bar is a particular favourite among the official types, with a view upwardly hopeful interns thrown in for good measure, that work in the surrounding area and you might come across the odd famous face. Between 5 and 8 it is extremely busy but it has a wonderful buzz nonetheless and though a table is hard to come by, the bar stools offer a good vantage point. The cocktails (uniformly priced at $16) are excellent (try the Old Fashioned and Dark 'n Stormy!), but they also have an expressing range of spirits of every kind. The service is as eccentric as you'd imagine in a place that has a feel of a gentlemen's club. Didn't try the food but the slider plates looked very inviting, indeed!

Visited November 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great place for Drinks by The Mall”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Spent several hours walking around the Mall and wanted drinks in a typical DC bar. Off the Record didn't disappoint. You could tell the place had tons of history oozing from the wals. Really cozy, very friendly staff, sampled several specialty drinks and the shrimp app.

Visited October 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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223 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great place for drinks”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

I was here on a date last weekend and had an amazing time. The atmosphere was really great and very unique. The drinks were very good and the service was good. Overall a really amazing place to get drinks in DC.

Visited June 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Classy place”
Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

This is a hidden gem in the Hay-Adams hotel. Super cute and classy, the perfect place for pre-dinner cocktails. It was quite packed with the post-work crowd but nonetheless the drinks were fantastic and we eventually found a table. Charactertures of presidents past and present cover the walls so that's a nice touch. Overall loved this place!

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
“The 57th Presidential Inauguration”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

I was there and it was great,

An exceptional customer, a little pricey but GREAT, there were many people, but it was for the presentation of Obama.

Visited January 2013
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