For romantic rendezvous and discreet conversations, but also for spirit-lifting libations and atmosphere, step this way.
Quill, inside The Jefferson, lives up to the hotel’s high standards. Servers are gracious, the cocktails first class. One can order an $8 aperitif or a $350 snifter of cognac; a little plate of cheeses, or a grilled prime fillet. Cigars are also on the menu (to be smoked on the terrace.)
The bar and lounge are suitably clubby, with dark tones, velvety-cushioned banquettes, and pianist Peter Robinson ‘s renditions of Gershwin and Porter playing lightly in the background.
But like everything else in this personable hotel, Quill somehow serves up a little extra something. That glimmering expanse of illuminated orange-glass bar is mesmerizing. Those framed 18th century maps tracing Jefferson’s travels through Europe’s wine regions are fascinating. That taste of cardamom bitters in the Florentine cocktail is heart-quickening.
Metro: Farragut North on the Red Line. L St. and Connecticut Ave. exit.