We finally made it! After weeks, no months of thinking about classic cocktails and hidden entrances, Vince and I casually walked up U Street, turned on 14th and knocked on the big black door next to Marvin. It was Thursday night, before 10 and we felt so cool when the door man answered and whisked us up to the second floor bar, much to the amazement of our fellow pedestrians (I'm not sure that we would have such luck on the weekend). The interior is just what you would imagine, dark and cozy with a hint of Prohibition-era glam to it. The cocktails on the menu are enticing, even if I hadn't heard of half of the liquors used, but what's even better is that the bar-tenders will chat you up and make you something original based on your preferences. We went one for one, Vince ordered the Royal off the menu and it was ruby red and deliciously smoky. I asked for something citrusy and not too sweet and got a mojito inspired cocktail with a gorgeous mint leaf floating on top.
On our way out, we got a peak at the downstairs bar and it is sensuous, stunning and more lively than the upstairs. Plus, we got a glance at the fabled black leather bar. Very cool.
Definitely a great place to hang out or go for a date!