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An Iconic Bar Established in 1847

Nicknamed the “Oval Office of bars” by Conde Nast Traveler, the historic Round Robin Bar has been a lively meeting place for D.C.’s political and social elite since it was established in 1847.  Famous for its circular bar, oak-paneled walls, and its signature drink — the Mint Julep, the Round Robin Bar is a quintessential DC experience offering classic cocktails and light bites in one of Washington’s most iconic locations. Open daily at noon. 

HOURS

MONDAY – SATURDAY 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
SUNDAY 12:00 p.m. – Midnight

Bar menu is available until 11:00 p.m.

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  • The Round Robin Bar

The Reviews are In!

“We’re calling it: this is the Oval Office of bars. Located inside the historic Willard InterContinental hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, the stately Round Robin Bar is a stalwart part of D.C. history. Established in 1847, the handsome spot has polished mahogany, portraits of political figures, leather seating, and its namesake: a literal round bar—the better from which to sit and people-watch (a flagship D.C. pastime), with a throwback cocktail—there’s a range, but the classics are what they do best—in hand. According to Willard legend, this is where Sen. Henry Clay introduced the Mint Julep to Washington; learn more at one of the bar’s History Happy Hours, which feature authors, journalists, and museum execs as speakers.”
– Adele Chapin, Condé Nast Traveler

“This iconic watering hole bears all the hallmarks of a true classic: a polished mahogany bar, forest green walls, sketches of historic notables (like Eleanor Roosevelt and Mark Twain), and an extremely knowledgeable bartender who’s survived six presidential administrations, Jim Hewes. Drop by when he’s working, so he can regale you with colorful stories of the city over the house cocktail, the mint julep.”
– Katie Chang, Forbes

“One of the most influential establishments to serve the Mint Julep is the Round Robin Bar in Washington D.C.’s Willard Intercontinental Hotel. It opened in 1847, and their signature drink became a popular beverage for the Washington elite when U.S. Senator Henry Clay famously shipped in a barrel of Kentucky Bourbon. The politician, known for bringing together the North and South, frequented the bar to imbibe juleps during his 40 years in government.”
– Jessica Gliddon, Iconic Life

History Happy Hour

Back by popular demand, History Happy Hour returns at the Willard InterContinental Washington, DC. This exclusive event where “every drink tells a story” welcomes a stellar line-up of political experts, journalists, authors and historians to join The Willard’s legendary bartender Jim Hewes in a dynamic session combining education and entertainment. The two-hour program provides attendees with a few of the nation’s most intriguing stories of yesteryear along with a hands-on lesson in the art of mixology. History buffs and cocktail aficionados alike can kick back and experience one of Washington D.C.’s most unique social offerings. Held monthly from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Interested in booking History Happy Hour as a private event for your group of 20 people (minimum) or more? 
Email: WillardSales@ihg.com for more information.

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  • Sandor Subert Photography