In a city with as much power as Washington, DC, you’re bound to end up in a restaurant, hotel, or deli with a secret hideaway where you can enjoy a cocktail. One of my favorite speakeasies is Allegory, located in the Eaton hotel. When you enter the Eaton, walk through the lobby to the library. You’ll find the Speakeasy behind the bookshelves.
It’s everything you want in a speakeasy – a secret entrance, comfortable lounging chairs, and delicious cocktails. The drinks range from $6 (alcohol-free) to 16. If nothing jumps out to you on the menu, ask the bartender to create a custom drink for $16. I ordered the Open Veins that had Genever, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Curacao, Acai Berry, Lemon, and Egg white. It was deliciously tart and I highly recommend if you appreciate whiskey sours.
Keeping in line with the theme of literature, many of the cocktails are named after novels and the walls are adorned with paintings by DC artist Erik Thor Sandberg.
If you’re looking for a relaxing bar to enjoy cocktail that real thought went into, head to Allegory.