Things to do in White House/Downtown
The Round Robin Bar, located inside Washington, D.C.’s Willard InterContinental Hotel, is steeped in history. Open since the 1800’s, the bar has served such influential figures as Mark Twain, Henry Clay, and Walt Whitman.
One of the trendiest spots in Franklin Square, the four-story Park at 14th was opened by D.C. nightlife masterminds Marc Barnes, Masoud Aboughaddareh, and Dirk Van Stockum.
Political Americana is a trove of presidential memorabilia, where you’ll find Christmas cards sent by the Eisenhowers and a diecast tie bar engraved with Jimmy Carter’s signature.
To take a guided tour of the most iconic political building in the Western world, you’ll need to make arrangements well in advance—by submitting a written request to your senator or state representative at least a month before your visit.
High atop the Washington Hotel, this aptly named open-air bar (open only during the summer months) serves up the best cocktail-hour views in town: the Washington Monument, the Mall, and the White House next door all punctuate the prettiest part of D.C.'s skyline.