I was reminded of my trip to Washington, DC – this nation’s once-great capital (sarcasm! sort of, not really!) – in spring 2016 when I saw an Instagram/Travel Blogger friend of mine posting on IG about being there. The first thing I thought was, “Oh, you have to tell her to go to Off the Record!” so I did. And then I thought I’d write about here so all of you would know to go there if you dared to venture to the epicenter of clusterfuckery anytime soon.
Off the Record is a dimly lit, old school-feeling bar in the lower level of the Hay-Adams Hotel, located directly across the street from the White House. It’s considered a historic bar, since it opened in 1928, but it still seems to have a modern vibe nowadays. My ex, who I was visiting DC with, used to go to this bar a lot when he lived in DC so he was the one who insisted we visit. It’s known as a place where DC journalists go to drink and get scoops from sources.
They have a menu full of delicious cocktails, some fancy beers, and a limited menu of snacks. If you decide to eat here, you will pay a pretty penny for it. The cocktails aren’t cheap either – but they’re not much more expensive than a cocktail bar in New York City, so I guess all things are relative.
Off the Record is also known for it’s extraordinary coasters, which feature silly cartoon art of current political people. When I was there they featured Trump, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and I can’t remember who the guy furthest to the right was supposed to be. Obviously they’re all completely flattering portraits of these morons.
Just this past June, they debuted a new set featuring Sarah Sanders and Robert Mueller, among others.
I honestly don’t remember which martini I had, but it cost $20, so it was probably pretty good (oh, I hope so).
So pretty, right? The bar nuts were free, btw.
So if you’re looking for a classy place to grab a drink while you’re in DC, and maybe hear some DC-insider gossip (bring your tape recorders?), Off the Record is the spot for you.
Off the Record is located at 800 16th Street NW, Washington, DC.