If you don’t know about this renowned basement hideaway, we can’t guarantee we won’t be inwardly judgmental, but don’t worry — we won’t tell anyone your secret. We’ll keep it off the record as they say.
Off the Record is the must meet-up at the iconic Hay-Adams. The hotel’s famous watering hole has seen it all — it is a neighbor to the White House, so it’s almost a given that you’ll run into someone important. And now it’s seeing a bit of a renovation. But don’t worry! There’s still loads of off the record goings on, well, going on.
During the renovation, subterranean Off the Record is climbing to the lobby level for an August “pop-up” experience from Monday, August 7th to Monday, September 4th. Here, you’ll find Off the Record’s collectable political coasters, stately furnishings and classic cocktails served at the new bar, just off the lobby entrance. You can also enjoy lunch and dinner under the portraits of John Hay and Henry Adams (We assure you they won’t share your secrets; their lips are sealed).
In what was once the Hay-Adam’s original dining room and popular bar during the heyday period from the 1940s to the 1960s, you’ll be sipping a refreshing Mint Julep, Lime Rickey, or a Fill A Buster and savoring a summer bar menu created by Executive Chef Nicolas Legret before the downstairs den reopens September 5th with subtle enhancements.
Hours for the pop-experience in the upstairs Off the Record are Sunday-Thursday 11:30 AM to 12 AM; Friday & Saturday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 AM. The full bar menu will be served until 11:30 PM daily.