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At D.C.’s Quirky New Moxy Hotel, The Booze Will Start Flowing at 8 a.m.

And guests get a free cocktail upon arrival

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Merry Go Round-style horses are among the offbeat design accents inside the future downtown hotel.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

D.C.’s millennial-friendly Moxy Hotel is about six weeks away from opening, offering downtown a new modern option for fresh naan flatbreads, all-day cocktails, and late-night ping pong.

The chic 14-story Marriott hotel (1011 K Street NW) features a bohemian-style lobby bar that doubles as the check-in stand, where guests are handed Las Vegas-style poker chips redeemable for a free cocktail, beer, or drink of choice. And the party gets started early: morning cocktails, like a cold brew Old Fashioned, are available every day starting at 8 a.m.

An opening for the 200-room hotel and lively lobby areas, currently being completed by Douglas Development, is scheduled for late fall (tentatively on Sunday, November 25).

As first reported by Eater, Moxy’s star dining and drinking options — including a TBA glass-enclosed rooftop bar — will arrive next spring under Baltimore-based hospitality titans Atlas Restaurant Group.

The lobby is packed with atypical hotel perks, like a locker area where guests and the public can store their laptops and bags while playing foosball, patio bocce, or ping pong on the mezzanine level. A massive light fixture upon entry is shaped to replicate D.C.’s Metro system, and a nearby food station — accented by trophies and globes — features grab-and-go fare for guests. The main menu includes six flatbreads (a top seller across existing hotels is the red hot chicken variety with pickles), as well as sandwiches and salads. Here’s a look at the opening lobby lineup, with prices coming soon:

Breakfast served daily from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. includes pastries from Baltimore’s Pâtisserie Poupon, chia seed pudding, an avocado bagel, and fresh-pressed orange juice. Lobby programming in the works calls for local DJs, drag fashion shows, and acupuncture happy hours. Guest rooms come with king, queen, and bunk bed configurations, with bathroom mirror art that borrows Beyonce’s catch phrase “I woke up like this.”

D.C. distillers and breweries make up a big part of the bar program, which will be stocked with DC Brau, Atlas, Anxo, Green Hat Gin, Republic Restoratives, and Joseph A. Magnus.
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A ping pong setup, which doubles as a conference table, will be open around the clock. A 52-inch plug and play TV will also live in the space.
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Hotel guests can redeem chips for a drink on the house upon their arrival at Moxy.
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The lobby also showcases a live Instagram video feed, airing guests’ documented hotel stays at Moxy’s 11 properties across the world. The brand recently debuted a New York City flagship hotel in Times Square and is getting ready to open a second NYC location in the Financial District.

A block away on K Street NW, newcomer Eaton DC just opened its rooftop and lobby drinking destinations and its all-day cafe Kintsugi. And this month the 209-room hotel and co-working space will unveil its blockbuster dining option: chef Tim Ma’s lobby-level American Son restaurant.