Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant at MGM National Harbor debuted this winter, bringing the New York-based chef's signature cuisine to the splashy Las Vegas-style resort on the Potomac. Tucked in the back is a music-fueled bar called Sammy's — named after Rat Pack icon Sammy Davis Jr. — featuring jazz, DJs and gospel brunches.
Sammy's is one of the many surprises awaiting adventurous local diners and drinkers who favor establishments featuring specialty bars within bars or exclusive restaurants within restaurants.
Amaro lovers can currently take refuge in the six-seat bar dedicated to the Italian liqueur at RPM Italian, while seafood lovers are welcome to feast at Conosci, the 30-seat counter folded within Alta Strada. And there's more on the the way: The Dabney is developing a basement wine bar, while the Sugar Shack coming to Shaw is expected to house a speakeasy, similar to Captain Gregory's in Alexandria, Va.
Here's a look at the Russian nesting dolls of the hospitality world operating in the immediate area.Read More