Published December 06, 2011
Alexander the Great
Four Bars and Live Music near the White House
Very soon, you’ll have another venue for live music downtown. Also: sushi. And breakfast burritos.
It’s called The Hamilton
, it soft-opens next week, it’s enormous, and—here’s where it gets
really interesting—it’s open 24 hours a day.
Which means you can pass a whole day like this...
Your journey starts as it should: in a high-ceilinged, mahogany-paneled
that specializes in small-production American gin and bourbon.
You settle in at the sushi bar for a couple tipples of sake and exotic sashimi like
Tasmanian ocean trout.
A show’s about to start, so you make your way downstairs to the 500-person
amphitheater. Some nights, you’ll get local acts or cover bands; other nights, touring musicians like
The band invites you backstage where you all share a duck sausage pizza. Your
After settling in at the other upstairs bar (the one with paintings from
Chicago’s Field Museum) and sampling the 20 craft beers on draft, you turn to the woman next to you and
offer to do a karaoke duet with her. There is no karaoke machine.
Last call comes and goes. No matter. There’s late-night noshing like root beer
milkshakes, housemade ramen and bacon chocolate-chip pancakes.
You notice sunlight. You smell coffee. You have a couple hours to prep for your
breakfast with the White House economist. You’ll tell him yes, that is a root beer milkshake mustache
600 14th St NW
(at F St)
Washington, DC 20005