Published December 19, 2012
Hark the Harold
A Top-Secret Speakeasy on Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill has a new secret. No, it has nothing to do with the fiscal cliff.
It’s just about booze—less critical, and yet somehow more interesting.
It’s called Harold Black
, it opened last night, and here are the five things you need to
1. Prohibition has ended—but they might not know it.
There’s no sign on the door, save
the one for Suna, the owners’ new tasting-menu restaurant. A list of rules prohibits cell phone use and
2. You need a reservation—unless you don’t.
The place’s 26 seats (four tables and a
bar) must be booked by calling ahead. No, they don’t publish the number. But word to the wise: if you just
happen by and seats aren’t full, they won’t exactly turn you away.
3. Like a 1920s speakeasy, it resembles someone’s living room.
So you and your date can
expect funny angles, intimate little nooks, a few French-industrial fixtures and plenty of books.
4. There’s a drink called the Deal-Breaker.
It’s got stout, aged rum and
vanilla. But if you’re in the midst of budget talks, you might opt for one of the eight other cocktails or
5. They have food.
The chef from Suna is turning out bar snacks like chips with a cheese
dip made with Belgian beer, and puffed pork skins.
Hopefully no one prohibits those.
212 7th St SE
(at N Carolina SE)
Washington, DC 20003