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Get a Gin Rickey and a Mint Julep on Eater's Classics Bar Crawl

Keep it classy with this classics bar crawl.

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classics week logoThere's no better way to experience a town that a great crawl. And for those looking to impress a date or a classy evening exploration of the city, there's nothing better than a crawl of classic D.C. bars. All of these bars feature classic architecture or are steeped in history. Best of all, each is a short stroll from the other. Here's where to go and what to order.

Want to carry on the night? Try out some classics in other neighborhoods like Martin's Tavern, The Dubliner and Tune Inn.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. St. Regis Bar

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923 16th and K Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
The St. Regis is the best place to kick off the crawl for those who can get started right at 5 p.m. That's because each day at 5 p.m. one of the bartenders will saber complimentary champagne in the lobby. Then go inside the bar to gawk at some of the original architectural detail in the hand-carved wood ceiling. And consider ordering a Bloody Mary while you're there — the hotel claims to have invented the drink.

2. Off the Record

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800 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 942-7599
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Next, head across the street to Off the Record, with its clubby decor perfect for those clandestine meetings between nearby White House staffers and Post reporters. Sip on seasonal cocktails or get in to the Mad Men spirit of the place and choose from a selection of bourbon, scotch and cognac.

3. Old Ebbitt Grill

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675 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 347-4800
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The Old Ebbitt Grill was founded in 1856, and moved around before settling in to its current location on the 15th Street in the 1983. In spite of that the interiors remain decidedly old school with Victorian interiors and the restaurant contains memorabilia from its previous incarnations. Pull up to one of the four full service bars for a classic cocktail or cellared wines and some oysters from the raw bar.

4. The Round Robin Bar

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
The Round Robin & Scotch Bar is the perfect mellow end to the evening. Opened in 1847, it has played host to presidents and famed authors like Walt Whitman and Mark Twain. But now it's the place to listen to the storytelling of veteran bartender Jim Hewes while enjoying a mint julep or sipping one of the many scotches.

5. 1331 Bar & Lounge

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1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-2000
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D.C.'s official cocktail, the gin rickey, was invented at a bar that used to stand on the site of the current JW Marriott hotel. As an ode to its history, the hotel's 1331 Bar & Lounge offers the drink (it's even half-priced during happy hour).

1. St. Regis Bar

923 16th and K Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
The St. Regis is the best place to kick off the crawl for those who can get started right at 5 p.m. That's because each day at 5 p.m. one of the bartenders will saber complimentary champagne in the lobby. Then go inside the bar to gawk at some of the original architectural detail in the hand-carved wood ceiling. And consider ordering a Bloody Mary while you're there — the hotel claims to have invented the drink.
923 16th and K Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

2. Off the Record

800 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Next, head across the street to Off the Record, with its clubby decor perfect for those clandestine meetings between nearby White House staffers and Post reporters. Sip on seasonal cocktails or get in to the Mad Men spirit of the place and choose from a selection of bourbon, scotch and cognac.
800 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

3. Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
The Old Ebbitt Grill was founded in 1856, and moved around before settling in to its current location on the 15th Street in the 1983. In spite of that the interiors remain decidedly old school with Victorian interiors and the restaurant contains memorabilia from its previous incarnations. Pull up to one of the four full service bars for a classic cocktail or cellared wines and some oysters from the raw bar.
675 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

4. The Round Robin Bar

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
The Round Robin & Scotch Bar is the perfect mellow end to the evening. Opened in 1847, it has played host to presidents and famed authors like Walt Whitman and Mark Twain. But now it's the place to listen to the storytelling of veteran bartender Jim Hewes while enjoying a mint julep or sipping one of the many scotches.
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

5. 1331 Bar & Lounge

1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
D.C.'s official cocktail, the gin rickey, was invented at a bar that used to stand on the site of the current JW Marriott hotel. As an ode to its history, the hotel's 1331 Bar & Lounge offers the drink (it's even half-priced during happy hour).
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

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