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Power lunches: where washington eats

P.J. Clarke’s This new K Street watering hole has an old-time Washington feel which, coupled with its private dining area Side Car, makes it a favourite of lobbyists, journalists and White House staffers.

26 March 2011

12:00 AM

26 March 2011

12:00 AM

P.J. Clarke’s This new K Street watering hole has an old-time Washington feel which, coupled with its private dining area Side Car, makes it a favourite of lobbyists, journalists and White House staffers.

P.J. Clarke’s This new K Street watering hole has an old-time Washington feel which, coupled with its private dining area Side Car, makes it a favourite of lobbyists, journalists and White House staffers.

Capitol Lounge When the Republicans took back the House of Representatives in November’s elections, one of the top priorities was to take back Capitol Lounge as well. The Capitol Hill dive bar is known for its GOP clientele and for monthly Politics & Pints trivia nights.

The Source Wolfgang Puck’s only Washington establishment served as the ‘date night’ location for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama when she celebrated her birthday in January. The restaurant, attached to the Newseum, has attracted a slew of Washington names and hosted a book party for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.


Logan Tavern When David Axelrod was still at the White House, he was known to frequent Logan Tavern, situated several blocks from his Logan Circle high rise and not too far from the White House. The rustic yet modern establishment is also a popular brunch location for the younger set of White House staffers.

Bourbon Steak When Hollywood comes to town, they come to Bourbon Steak — the restaurant and bar at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown. In one evening, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm was spotted sipping Maker’s Mark at the same time former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was eating dinner with a group of friends.

Equinox In Washington, it’s all about the power lunch, for which chef Todd Gray’s downtown restaurant is definitely a popular spot. It became even bigger after the Obamas dined here just a few days after the inauguration.

Sonoma One of the nicer Capitol Hill wine bars, into which many a Member of Congress has stepped. It has private upstairs rooms for political fundraisers, too.

Carmine’s DC’s version of the New York eatery Carmine’s only recently came onto the scene, but has already proved to be a potent spot to hold a political fundraiser. In September it hosted four in one night, including one for now Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Cafe Milano In recent months this Italian eatery, located on Prospect Street in Georgetown, has attracted everyone from actors Bradley Cooper and Renée Zellweger to Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill.

L2 This members-only Georgetown club, tucked behind M Street in Cady’s alley, is a hot spot for DC’s elite. It’s brought in youngish types like White House Chef Sam Kass, Washington Capital’s player Mike Green and actress Gabrielle Union.


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