We do sort of miss the unapologetic bluebloodedness of the St. Regis Washington, D.C. before its various renovations. The St. Regis Bar itself was once all stogies, cognacs, political kerfuffles, and celebrating young Sebastian’s Ivy League accomplishments. Modernized in 2007 to complement the arrival of Alain Ducasse’s Adour restaurant, it has just received another facelift which, ironically, tips it aesthetically back to its former glories. The Rockwell Group’s design draws on those particular northeastern takes on trad English comforts, all distressed leather Chesterfield sofas and herringbone floors. A custom Swarovski chandelier adds just a touch of glam.
Drinks-wise, the bar eschews ephemeral trends in favor of timeless sips. Adour’s deep wine cellar offers up highlighted monthly selections, complemented by such classically leaning cocktails as the Bitter Loves Company, the Old Fashioned Old Fashion, and the Capitol Mary. Comestibles including the croque monsieur & madame and the Contemporary Waldorf Salad also suggest that they knew enough not to try make it avant / neo / nouveau anything. Bless.
For more great spots to party in Washington D.C., like the BlackBook-approved Capitale and Heist, check out the BlackBook Washington, D.C. Guide and download the GPS-enabled City Guides apps for iPhone and Android. See you at the bar.