Drinking like Gatsby in Bar Deco
A fusion of Modern design and Art Deco, Bar Deco is a welcomed addition to Chinatown. Try out some Gatsby inspired cocktails and treat yourself to a beautiful view on their rooftop bar.
Bar Deco is located in The Bulletin building, a limestone industrial structure with four bas reliefs carved into its facade. They are strangely beautiful carvings from an era where symbolism and purpose were incorporated into a building’s architecture. It’s a design that’s eclectically elegant, invoking the bold geometric shapes and unprecedented wealth of the machine age.
While the exterior of Bar Deco is a historic work of art, the interior is a masterpiece of modern design. Across the entrance, behind clear beveled glass, you can see the chef skillfully searing his craft for the patrons dining upstairs. Crowning the building is the modern rooftop bar, allowing customers to see Chinatown in its colorful brilliance. A view rarely accessible, unless you’re willing to drop $1900 to $5000 monthly for a nearby apartment.
The third floor lounge is where Bar Deco displays its namesake. Here, you can enjoy Gatsby inspired cocktails served to you by bartenders dressed in black [wait-staff] vests. The 901 is a cocktail that uses jalapeno infused tequila and moonshine, served in a mason jar and garnished with a pepper. Careful on the first sip, because it will knock the air out of you. The classic drinker should try the Blood Orange Ricky, a lightly flavored gin and tonic that will quietly give you a buzz for the rest of the night.
The atmosphere depends on the crowd. Most of the time, the bar is modestly filled with well dressed professionals winding down after a long day of work. On game nights, the bar can become a bit overcrowded and boisterous, so you may want to check the Caps schedule before bringing your date here.
Monday: 4 pm – 1 am
Tuesday: 11:30 am – 1 am
Wednesday: 11:30 am – 1 am
Thursday: 11:30 am – 1 am
Friday: 11:30 am – 2 am
Saturday: 10 am – 2 am
Sunday: 10 am – 12 am
717 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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