Dispensing drinks since 1847, the bar at the Willard hotel is one of DC's most famous watering holes. The small, circular space is done up in classic accents, all dark wood trim, marble bar and leather seats. While it’s touristy, you’ll likely still see officials here determining your latest tax hike over a mint julep or single malt scotch.
The bar claims to be the place where the mint julep was introduced to DC courtesy of planter and statesman Henry Clay.
Portraits of famous patrons – Walt Whitman and Woodrow Wilson among them – adorn the walls.