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Best Hotel Bars and Lounges in D.C.

Some of the most iconic examples of power bars, where inside-the-Beltway decision makers talk shop and rub elbows, are housed in many of this town's historic hotels. So grab a snifter of single malt and begin your people-watching at these classic D.C. hotel bars.

The Jockey Club Lounge at the Fairfax at Embassy Row made a comeback when it reopened after a long absence on the power bar scene. The original club started serving diplomats, politicians, lobbyists, and other notable individuals in the 1920s, and the reborn club continues that tradition today.

The Off the Record bar at the Hay-Adams advertises itself as the place to be seen and not heard. Being just steps from the White House, that couldn't be more true. Tucked away in the historic hotel's basement, you really never know who you might run into here.

Although they don't boast the same old-world dark wood and red-leather charm of the bars at the historic hotels, the lobby bar at the decidedly more modern Liaison Capitol Hill and P.O.V. on the roof of the W Hotel hold their own as stops on the see-and-be-seen hotel bar scene.

Updated: 2014-09-23

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