all photos: Jeff Martin
After much anticipation and several opening days floating around, The Hamilton is opening it’s restaurant this Sunday at 4pm (with the soft opening of the music venue downstairs to follow on December 23rd) and so we, naturally, packed up and headed over to check it out/give you a first look at a whole different kind of a spot for downtown DC.
- First thing you need to know: the restaurant is open 24/7/365. Literally. Which is great news for anyone and everyone but especially for those driving/cabbing down 14th street after a night out
- Second thing you need to know: this place can feed a thousand. Literally.
- Third thing you need to know: we kind of lost track as to how many bars we walked through: the front one, the main dining room one, the upstairs speakeasy one, the downstairs music venue ones…you get the picture.
- Fourth thing you need to know: there is a menu for any occasion and craving: breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, late night (where things get a little more creative than the usual fare expected from Clyde’s group with ramen, grilled hangar steak poutine and roasted bone marrow all popping up on the line-up) AND sushi.
- Fifth thing you need to know: the downstairs music venue seats up to 400 and will ease into it’s programming with a series of local shows (including Christylez Bacon and Justin Trawick) with the big kick of show being Mavis Staples on January 19th. Tickets will be ranging 15-20 for local and smaller acts, and 35-40 (Mavis and NYE aside) for national bookings.
- Sixth thing you need to know: THE PLACE IS GORGEOUS. I MEAN, JUST LOOK AT THESE PHOTOS BELOW. There is an ongoing bird theme throughout and the attention to detail is outstanding (including some great musical portraiture courtesy of Govinda Gallery in the live venue area)
- And it bears repeating: it is open 24/7/365. Literally.
See you there: