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An Iconic Bar Established in 1847

Join us for a drink in the historic Round Robin Bar. Located on the lobby level of the historic Willard InterContinental, the iconic Round Robin Bar has been a lively meeting place for Washington, D.C.’s political and social elite since Abraham Lincoln. Long celebrated as one of the best in D.C., this legendary bar was known as the nexus of “Rum Row” and the “E Street Corridor” — plying its trade to luminaries such as Mark Twain and Walt Whitman. Today, this fashionable downtown spot draws a smart, stylish cross section of DC movers and shakers.

HOURS

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


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

 

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
  • The Round Robin Bar

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.

$49 per person (21 years +) Price includes (3) cocktails and light appetizers.

We’re shaking up history, one cocktail at a time. Join us for History Happy Hour!

September 20, 2018
American Diplomacy & The Willard Hotel: A Historical Perspective
Dr. Alison Mann, Public Historian, The United States Diplomacy Center, U.S. Department of State

October 11, 2018
U.S. Intelligence & Espionage in the 20th Century
Robert Wallace, author and former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service
Michael Dobbs, author of Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America

December 14, 2018
Holidays at The White House: A Season of Stories
Roland Mesnier, former Executive Pastry Chef at The White House
*Hosted in partnership with the White House Historical Association


Interested in booking History Happy Hour as a private event for your group? 

Email: WillardSales@ihg.com for more information.

  • Sandor Subert Photography
  • Sandor Subert Photography
  • Sandor Subert Photography