Round Robin & Scotch Bar, Downtown
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue
Tel: 202 628 9100
Concierge.com's insider take:
The term lobbyist is said to have been coined in this historic hotel bar at the Willard as a nickname for the power brokers that would pester President Ulysses S. Grant for favors on his way to enjoy a brandy and cigar in the clubby emerald and wood-paneled room. More than a century later, this is still the place to observe the good ol' boys brokering deals. If you're lucky, longtime bartender and historian Jim Hewes will be behind the round marble-and-mahogany bar to regale you with tales of the house's most famous patrons, from Dickens to Twain, Lincoln to Harding. Be sure to try the mint julep, still made according to a recipe established here by Senator Henry Clay in the 1800s.Colleen Clark
Open Mondays through Saturdays 4 to 11 pm.