The St. Regis Washington DC has completely revamped its bar and lobby area to look like an old-school English club.
The design, from the Rockwell Group, features wood herringbone floors, Chesterfield sofas covered in distressed leather, silver-studded wooden tables and custom-made upholstery. There's a new chandelier, a refurbished bronze-accented bar and a modern fireplace fixture. The bar's original 16 food carved ceilings remain, just as they did the last time the hotel bar was redone, when Adour opened. There's a new arched entryway between the bar and the lobby, and other touches like antique mirrors and gilded floor lamps.
Adour chef Sébastien Rondier has redone the bar menu to include hors d'oeuvres like eggplant caviar, sandwiches such as the croque monsieur, burgers, and tasting-sized portions of Adour entrees, such as the restaurant's baked lobster. There are multiple wines by the glass, including a selection of highlights from the restaurant's cellar, and new modern takes on classic cocktails. Adour is on the hunt for a new sommelier, as Brent Kroll starts at Neighborhood Restaurant Group this week.