AFTER SPENDING A HECTIC Thanksgiving Day with eccentric relatives, a post-meal barhop may be the ideal way to cap off the holiday.
» DIGESTIF DENOUEMENT: End the evening in an ubercivilized manner by stopping by for a nightcap at the Willard InterContinental‘s Round Robin Bar, seen left. Manager Jim Hughes recommends coming in for the Sazerac — an old-timey drink made with bourbon, Pernod and bitters. Thought to be the first cocktail, the drink was concocted in New Orleans‘ French Quarter in the 1830s by Creole pharmacist Antoine Peychaud. Hughes also recommends a champagne cocktail as a digestif, as well as a Peg (a pink gin with bitters). The Round Robin Bar is open from noon until midnight.
The Round Robin Bar at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-637-7405. (Metro Center).
» SPORTS NIGHT: If hanging out, watching games and drinking a beer or two trumps the fancy cocktail option, the Front Page is one of the few bars in the area open during the day, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. With four big-screen TVs tuned to one of several games you’d hope to watch, the bar serves Sam Adams Seasonal, Guinness, Front Page Ale and Sierra Nevada as well as Bud and Miller-type brews on special. Give them a ring to accommodate a group.
The Mad Hatter on M Street opens just before the Front Page wraps up, with beer specials all night and 10 TVs tuned to football, football and football. Postgame, revelers can get their groove on to a DJ and karaoke until 1:30 a.m.
Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202-296-6500. (Dupont Circle).
Mad Hatter, 1831 M St. NW, 202-833-1495. (Dupont Circle).
» CAN’T WAIT TILL THANKSGIVING?:
For Southern, pre-holiday digestifs, try Georgia Brown‘s. The house signature drink is the Georgia peach martini, made with peach puree, peach schnapps, triple sec and vodka. Another drink that bartender Steve Howard recommends is the Savannah Dewdrop: melon liquor, peach schnapps, fresh orange juice and sweet and sour mix.
Georgia Brown’s, 950 15th St. NW, 202-393-4499. (McPherson Square).
This post was written by Express’ Melissa McCart
Photo courtesy Willard Intercontinental