D.C.’s best bars for closing business deals

Meeting clients for drinks? Your late night Fireball-soaked bar isn’t going to cut it.

These D.C. power spots are great places to impress your colleagues—with views, booze, and a history of making deals.


You won’t find a better drinking view in D.C. than POV. This stylish rooftop lounge atop the W Hotel overlooks the White House and Mall. It toes the line between dress-code-classy and hip bar, and the views appeal to everyone.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon 

Want to talk details over a glass of fine whiskey? Well, at Jack Rose Dining Saloon, you have nearly 2,400 bottles to choose from. Each floor has a different vibe, from the speakeasy-style dining saloon to the “make it a night out” rooftop terrace.

Poste Moderne Brasserie 

Step away from the Chinatown sports bars. This oasis inside the Hotel Monaco pairs a historic setting with an enviable outdoor space. At Poste, you’re steps from the hubbub of Chinatown, but insulated in a comfortable courtyard.

Off the Record

Duck into the dimly lit basement bar at the Hay-Adams hotel for a drink where D.C. deals get made. Off the Record has the elegant feel of a bygone era, and you’ll be rubbing shoulders with some of Washington’s most powerful people.

Round Robin Bar  

Abe Lincoln and Mark Twain drank at Round Robin Bar, and you can, too. The dark and cozy circular bar in the Willard Hotel is a good place for a quiet tête-à-tête.

Right Proper Brewing Company

Right Proper Brewing Company’s Shaw Brewpub location maintains the neighborhood’s casual cool-kid vibe, but has space to sit and host events. Expensing it? Throw in a growler to go.



Show off your IPA-IQ at this 14th Street beer geek’s paradise. Churchkey serves 555 kinds of beer paired with quality upscale bar food—including gluten-free options. They often host special brewers and tap takeovers. Come here early to sit. It gets crowded.

Tabard Inn 

Tucked in a historic townhouse south of Dupont Circle, you can sip cocktails and chat in this wooden beamed old-world lounge. On nice days, head up to the Tabard Inn’s charming vine-covered roof deck. Make sure to order the donuts.

The Capital Grille 

Sure, there are trendier spots around town, but The Capital Grille is a good place to give out-of-town clients a whiff of that dignified Washington “establishment” air. Plus, the drinks and dishes are fantastic—and better enjoyed on an expense account.

Photo credit: Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Right Proper Brewing Company

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