The Scotch Bar at the Willard Hotel is no more.
The bar has closed to allow for an expansion of sister bar Round Robin (D.C.'s home for mint juleps, among other drinks), which has seen an increase in demand in recent months, according to a spokesperson. The former Scotch Bar has been rechristened The Round Robin Lounge, and will give 20 additional seats to the classic bar and also provide a venue for private events. Construction there has been completed and it has already reopened.
They'll do a second round of changes to the new lounge including banquettes, wallpaper and new carpets. The original Round Robin will also get new finishing, a marble bar top, new furniture, curtains, wall coverings, carpet and artwork. Both bars will remain open throughout the rest of the changes, which will be handled after-hours.
The tiny Scotch Bar was kind of a hidden gem in D.C., and popular among the city's power brokers. It boasted a wide variety of scotches and benefitted from longtime bartender Jim Hewes' extensive knowledge on the subject.