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The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy

4.3
108 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Romantic
The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy is located inside the swank Graham Georgetown Hotel. small plates, craft cocktails and dinner are served daily in this cool underground haute.

Alex offers several unique seating options like antique velvet Empire sofas and hammered copper tables repurposed from old steam radiators.

Alex is perfect for a fun night out with friends and colleagues or a romantic evening with someone special. Saturday Nights feature live trio Jazz from 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Little Havana Night November 30th, The Alex will feature "Little Havana" nights with Live band from 7:00pm-10:00pm

*** Please be aware of our cancellation policy: You may cancel your reservation up to 24 hours prior to the reservation. If you do not cancel by phone or online there will be a credit card charge of $25.00 per person in the party. Thank you.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, French, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(202) 337-0900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jose Molina
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Catering
Our creative and experienced catering team can custom design your private event to suit any vision and budget. et us help you plan a memorable event for your next special occasion.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
M St. NW
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Parking details
Valet Parking $20.00 + tax per car, street parking, three area parking garages within one block all with greatly discounted evening rates.
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Public transit
METRO: Foggy Bottom

CIRCULATOR BUS: 30th & K Streets NW
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Entertainment
Every Saturday Night, Jazz vocalists and crooners from 8:00pm - 11:00pm

NOTE: A $20.00 minimum per person is required, excluding tax and gratuity.
Discounted valet parking is available with restaurant validation.

Reservations STRONGLY suggested
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Special events & promotions
Live Jazz Vocalists & Crooners Every Saturday Night from 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 108 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.1
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 17, 2018

When we arrived for our dinner reservation at 11 pm, the kitchen was already closed. We were the only ones there on Monday night and the bartender Proceeded to debate the kitchen hours with us. The open table app said dinner till 12, that’s why i picked the place for date night. Will have to come back later to check if it’s any good.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I came here on a Saturday night for their live Jazz on a double date. This place is super romantic. The service was amazing. The experience really adds to the speakeasy idea. We ordered a few drinks to start and some starters. The meals are small and on the higher side, but you really are paying for the experience and everything tastes very good.

Then we had some wine with a salmon entree and a the seafood paella. Both very very tasty.
If you are looking to somewhere romantic to take your S.O this is definitely the place. Also make sure you make a reservation for their Saturday live music. We had to wait about 3 weeks to take the time we wanted.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This place is great! Can’t wait to come back!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The ambience of this place is amazing very romantic dim lighting a true speak easy kind of vibe.
My only suggestion would be the waiters/servers need to be a little bit more engaging /welcoming and the drink menu needs to be improved.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Nice setting for a date, but the lighting was too bright and high decibel levels!!

Drinks are good but a little pricey!!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It was amazing! The ambiance was so cool and the live jazz music made it such a special night. Cocktails and apps were perfect!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The Alex has a great atmosphere with fantastic jazz on Saturday nights. It's intimate and romantic and they have cleverly worked in the speakeasy theme. Chris Grasso - who curates the jazz series and performs with the artists - is a phenomenal pianist. The cocktails are creative and the scallops we ordered were divine!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Everything was awesome, from the incredible jazz singer and piano and bass players to the place - relatively quiet - to the great friendly service to the molten chocolate dessert and vino - LOVED it!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We saw local jazz singer Lena Seikaly perform here when we visited The Alex last month. She was spectacular! The Alex staff and their truly fine service was just terrific as well. And while our focus was clearly on the music experience for sure, my wife and I must say that we remember their refreshing, top-notch drinks (and dining fare) to be above our expectations as well.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent music, excellent atmosphere, excellent food, excellent service!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

So, when DC picked up the trend of the whole Speak Easy concept, I immediately bit, and I must say, I’m hooked! What I’ve found most appealing about these prohibition style gems are the crafty cocktails and seductive mystic. The Alex leads the list for me. It’s a go to when I’m hosting guest for the weekend or desire a place for a night cap to end a date with a handsome suitor. The live music on Saturday nights makes for good energy and great entertainment! The Alex is a definitely YESS in my book.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place. Really cool

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very friendly staff, excellent cocktails and great speakeasy ambience. I definitely recommend the picanha and the paella.

Special thanks to the host that despite us being late he kept our table open.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

If you are by yourself don't expect good service. They seen to cater to couples.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Absolutely phenomenal!

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The atmosphere is nice. The service could have been better. I ordered truffle fries and a cocktail. After 20 minutes my cocktail never came and the server said “oh I thought you drank it” and that was it. Then once my fries came, they tasted as if they had been cooked the day before. About 15 minutes later when my waiter finally came back to check on me I told him and he said the kitchen was now closed and there was nothing he could do. To top it off, after bringing me the check he then tells me their machine is down and I would have to find the nearest ATM to withdraw cash and pay with cash. No discount of course for the atm surcharge I was charged for this inconvenience that should have been told me upon entering.

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1.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We arrived on time and our table did not exist. They had to interrupt the couple at their table to separate a space where we could sit. Meaning my seat was in the way of staff going to the register or picking up drinks from the bar. This is marketed as a speakeasy but felt and sounded more like a hipster-ish dive bar. The service was not up to par as the bar was very busy and our server was not checking in on us at all. It took 35 minutes to get 2 drinks. Drinks did not have the carefully crafted flavor you would expect from a speakeasy or good bar. We called it quits after we had our drinks. Would recommend Captain Gregory's or Blue Light for a much better experience.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The place was very crowded and too loud. Also, we were asked our reservation name at least 4 separate times. Communication doesn't seem to be on point between staff. However, the ambiance was nice and it was fun that they had a distillery there to do a tasting.

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1.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Made a reservation for my friend's birthday. Got there and was full no table. Not even space at the bar. Decided to get a drink anyway and wait - by the time a table was free...the kitchen had stopped serving. The drinks were great but probably never going back.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Definitely go Thursday for the Cuban nights!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Can’t believe it took me so long to find this! Loved the low key vibe and drinks were wonderful.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Food was good. We went to this place on a Thursday which was havana night. It was great. Music was fantastic! Loved the two man music band!

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The front desk requires a reservation to show up to this place. I made a reservation for 10:30 pm on a Friday night right in front of them on open table. Drinks are on par with an apple bees. (old fashioned, gin and tonic, Tom Collins, Moscow mule were all we tried)

Live music was nice, venue was small and full of people who wanted to hear the music so everyone was dead silent. If you want to hear some good jazz without talking to your companions this is a great spot for a unique cramped experience.

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Good jazz on Saturday night. However, cramped seating made enjoying the music really difficult. In the two hours I spent there, our table had to get up/move around 7 times so people at other tables could pass through!

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

We enjoyed cocktails and a wonderful bartender. Love it!

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Went for drinks with friends. We loved the atmosphere and the selection of cocktails was excellent and very creatively themed.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Great jazz band, I felt bad that they had to play there. The space is too cramped, you can’t even sit back comfortably. The food was incredibly slow and they forgot about the people’s order at the table next to us also. The drink they tried to do a cool presentation with ended up spilling all over the table next to us and my coat because the server could not get the drink out of a latern thing. I really wanted to like the place, but it ended up being a bust.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Awesome place. However, the live music was a little too amplified.

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1.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Had an open table reservation for last Monday (12/11). I showed up and they said there was a private event, so we were unable to dine there.

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Space is very cramped. My Caesar salad wasn’t worth what I paid and the service was slow. I came for the music and wouldn’t come otherwise.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

This is such a unique place - very cozy and fun. The food and drinks are inventive. The jazz music on Saturday nights is top notch, usually with excellent vocalists. The staff are very attentive, and Ignacio is a gracious host and manager. The only drawback is when patrons are not respectful to the performers and are talking loudly during the live music. Some nights it's pretty quiet during the music, but on other nights the conversation noise is distracting - it's such a small place that one loud table can ruin it for all the others trying to listen. So if you go, please be quiet during the show - there's plenty of time to talk during intermissions! Great place to impress a date --

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Four of us went to The Alex Speakeasy to hear the wonderful trio of singer Lena Seikaly, pianist Chris Grasso, and bassist Tommy Cecil. The quality of the music was simply outstanding. The technical chops, creativity, and artistry of the three was sky-high. We also enjoyed our meals--chicken, salmon, cocoanut stew, and the wine. The servers were friendly and fast. The audience was respectful during the performances, keeping their conversations to a whisper, making for a terrific listening and dining experience.

My only wish is that The Alex would add a second night--Friday--to its musical offerings.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Music event

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Had a great time. Definitely a place to take a date then head the the movies after.

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1.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Terrible service. Average cocktails. Worse food.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Atmosphere was great. Food could hzve been better. Waiters we nice but a littld pushy

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Fun atmosphere. Loud live music and a small unique venue. When we arrived we were told it was a special “Havana” night. The regular supper menu was not available. Just appetizers and the special which was Cuban sandwiches.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Live Jazz with a vocalist. Host was very nice place us in a seat right in the front. Food was great and bartender turned me on to a new bourbon. Met some good people that are in the Jazz scene provided good information about other spots for live jazz around the city. Nice and cozy spot to have a good drink and food.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We go to the Alex for the jazz music on Saturday evenings. We enjoy grazing through the appetizer menu along with a bottle of wine. Sound level can at times be challenging, however, often the offenders will respond to requests from other patrons to be quieter

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Had another great time at The Alex! The cocktails are unique and "on point," as always. I tried a couple of new dishes on the menu - the Seafood Paella was a good choice with plenty of crab claws, jumbo shrimp and scallops. A handful of bright green petite peas is all that was missing. Let's not forget the great jazz group (only on Saturday's). A perfect "adult" date.

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