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Swanky Speakeasies

Karina Sharma | May 16, 2017 | Food & Drink Best of The Best Drink

Honor Jazz Appreciation Month with smooth tunes and creative cocktails at these hidden bars.
Captain Gregory's is an intimate 24-seat space in Alexandria

Named after Rat Pack legend Sammy Davis Jr., it’s no wonder the music at this bar is iconic. Even though it’s not as secluded as the other speakeasies on this list—discover it at the back of MGM National Harbor and Casino’s Marcus—the live DJs, jazz music and extensive drink menu form its own old-school charm. 101 MGM National Ave., 301.971.6010

For Rent
Third time’s the charm with The Speak’s newly opened replacement. Embrace the Prohibition era with innovative, DC-inspired concoctions like K-Street made with whiskey, vermouth and liquid smoke—just don’t miss the secret door. 1413 K St. NW

Captain Gregory’s
If you can’t find the entrance to this intimate 24-seater, try looking behind the wooden panels in sister restaurant Sugar Shack Donuts. Serving more 200 original recipes in rotation, a full dinner menu and the ability to order off-menu drinks, this hidden Alexandria treasure is worth the drive. 804 N. Henry St.

Dram and Grain
Only accessible by calling or texting a provided number, this covert speakeasy in the basement of Jack Rose Dining Saloon is one of Adams Morgan’s best-kept secrets. Although nostalgic of the 1900s, D&G is a contemporary bar for the ultimate cocktail connoisseur with handcrafted drinks and housemade syrups, bitters and sodas. 2007 18th St. NW, 202.607.1572


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