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Inside Stanton & Greene, A New Capitol Hill Bar That Channels Cocktails' Golden Age

The drinks and the decor are inspired by the 1930s and 1940s.

Stepping into the ground floor of Capitol Hill's soon-to-open Stanton & Greene is designed to feel like traveling back in time to the golden era of cocktails. The bar and brasserie is located at at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE in the former home of the Pour House. The team behind Stanton & Greene restored as many features of the building as possible and brought in decor that channeled the 1930s and 1940s. There's the original patterned tin ceiling and a new massive marble-topped bar, along with traditional vintage-looking subway tiles, brass sconces, leather banquettes and glowing liquor lockers overhead.

The upstairs is lit by skylights and nine-foot-tall windows looking out over Pennsylvania Avenue. A hand-milled Art-Deco bar is the highlight of the space, which will be available for private events.

Mixologist Erik Holzherr of both Wisdom and Church & State designed Stanton & Greene's era-inspired cocktails.The cocktail menu will feature spins on French martinis, Negronis, Rusty Nails, as well as a white bourbon punch. As for food, updated American classics will be on the menu like baked Virginia Oysters Rockefeller with garlic spinach and Virginia peanut breadcrumbs, Trout Almondine, lobster rolls, burgers and brownie bread pudding with flambéed marshmallow.

Wondering why its called Stanton & Greene? The restaurant gets its name from nearby Stanton Park, named after Lincoln’s Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. In the park, there's a statue of American revolutionary war hero General Nathanael Greene.

Stanton & Greene is slated to open its doors for with a limited menu on Monday, and offer its full food and drinks menu on Thursday March 12. The bar and restaurant will be open seven days a week.

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