Is it wise to choose a hotel based on the perfection of its bar’s cocktails? Perhaps. Especially if you’re planning a trip over the Kentucky Derby Day weekend. The Willard is famous for its Derby Day parties, and especially for its mint juleps, thanks to Round Robin barkeep Jim Hewes and his command of historic libations and anecdotes.
Everyone who’s anyone, presidents to celebrity authors, have stopped by for a drink in the Round Robin. Then again, everyone who’s anyone has stayed at the historic Willard: Lincoln lived here before moving to the White House across the street. Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., completed his “I Have a Dream” speech here.
Metro: Metro Center on the Silver, Red, Blue, and Orange Lines (12th and F St. exit) or Federal Triangle on the Silver, Blue and Orange Lines.