all photos: Dakota Fine
There are few things DC people get more excited for than outdoor drinking season (side note: our OUTDOOR DRINKING GUIDE goes live TOMORROW, so get all sorts of excited for it), and each new spot is met with the level of enthusiasm normally reserved for welcoming new additions to immediate family or winning the lottery (you may think we are exaggerating, but those exclamation point retweets don’t lie, and that’s ok). And now, Georgetown finally has a rooftop contender in the game. After a year of renovations the old Monticello Hotel is now reopened as The Graham, and it has a snazzy new rooftop bar and a quiet little speakeasy bar to show for it.
The Graham is officially open now, but the OBSERVATORY roof will officially open on May 3rd (by which time, we assume the weather will be slightly less early March like). The bar will be open for dinner and cocktails all week, with the brunch addition on the weekends. The second you step onto the wooden deck, and lean into one of the re-purposed wine barrel bar tables, you know this place will be all sorts of successful.
Brought to us by the team who previously manned the Donovan House rooftop (and therefore knows a thing or two about a successful outdoor hotel bar operation), the Observatory will feature craft cocktails (one, named Freddie’s Nightcap, will top out at $500 and will include a suite, a bag of roses and an intimacy kit) as well as other creative plays on the hotel drinking culture (in lieu of bottle service, the OBSERVATORY will serve the “Mini Bar” with split bottles and snacks).
All drinks carry names relating either to the history of:
- the hotel (which was named after Alexander Graham Bell, who had his labs in the neighborhood) like rum, pineapple and strawberry The Telegram or the Gin, St. Germaine Blue Eyes, named after the lore of Frank Sinatra hanging out at the hotel on the regular in the past
- the area, including the Sweet Rosslyn (citrus vodka, ginger, apple) in the homage of one of the views from the roof
- the new Georgetown scene (we dare you to order The Real Housewife)
Speaking of Ole Blue Eyes and places he’d feel at home even in 2013, on the opposite spectrum of the rooftop bar is the the AGB (named after Graham Bell’s initials) unmarked basement speakeasy, with the house distilled bourbon Angel’s Envy and a a full dinner menu. There is room only for 47 so, whether you’re aiming to hang above or below Georgetown, reservations are recommended.