Located in the Willard InterContinental hotel, Round Robin is the oldest bar in the city operated at its original location. As such, it’s unsurprisingly old-school with dark wood, rich leather and green walls adorned with portraits of famous patrons of centuries past. It has been reopened for 30 years, with bartender Jim Hewes serving both his signature stories as well as well-honed classics for that entire time. The beautiful center bar display with its shelves of whiskey, cognac and glassware draws eyes, at least from those who aren’t too busy peeking around for visiting foreign dignitaries and politicians.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: The Mint Julep, with a recipe pulled straight from the 1800s and U.S. Senator Henry Clay, has been long-perfected by Hewes and the rest of the Round Robin team.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: All are welcome, from hotel guests to those dignitaries to regular patrons, so don’t be scared away from what could seem an intimidating bar scene.