The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy

4.4
131 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Live Music
  • 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 131 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

While the drinks were pretty good, the food was not ($35 for a charcuterie plate that felt like slices of cheese and sausage from wegmans). When we walked in, we also stood there for a few minutes before anyone greeted or helped us. The server was busy, but the bartender could have greeted us for her since he was no more than 2 feet away from us.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

This place is a gem. Fabulous music and amazingly the food is also exceptional. We always enjoy The Alex!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Just amazing place :) I love this place is one of my fav spot in dc !

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Cocktails were fabulous and Wilson behind the bar took great car of me.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The Alex Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy was just wonderful (as always)--it's a fantastic place for cocktails and live jazz, reminiscent of an old school speakeasy. The space is intimate and cosy, which is perfect for the singers and musicians that play here. Perhaps one of its best elements, though, is Ignacio, the manager, who goes out of his way to make one feel at home. I was at the Alex for a birthday celebration for one of my guests. Ignacio went above and beyond--sending over complimentary bubbly and even arranging for a special birthday song (needless to say, my mum was charmed to bits!). The Alex and Ignacio bring to mind an old-time cocktail bar, with a charming gentleman host. What gems!

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1.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Extremely noice and super slow service. Our drink took an hour
However, they where pretty good

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1.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Unauthentic, unenthusiastic attempt to create a speakeasy atmosphere. Overpriced. Either understaffed or just poor service.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We were there for my husband's birthday. The evening was delightful with excellent service provided by Nora. As always, Ignacio was the consummate host. The music by Sharon Clark trio was also wonderful. I am so glad the venue has worked toward providing a quiet venue for jazz fans to hear the music.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The Alex is something of a wonder. In the heart of Georgetown there is a cool little spot where the drinks are excellent and the food is good, and on Saturday nights there is excellent jazz with no cover! The talent is some of the best in DC but the space is tiny, so reservations are a must. Just don't tell too many people. And be warned on Saturday nights, this is a listening club, so don't plan to come to talk all night with the music as background. There are plenty of those bars around. Here we come to listen to the music - not you! Sorry for the rant.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Fantastic as always!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent spot downstairs. Having to use a secret code was cool. The place was quaint and the jazz was phenomenal. Rochelle Rice and company made us feel right at home. The mini Crab cakes were excellent. The artichoke dip was very flavorable and the best we ever had. The Salmon platter was ok, I think the risotto want a good combo with the Salmon, the kale was beautifully steamed. The Vegetable pot pie was underseasoned. The waitresses were extraordinary!

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1.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I reserved a table at 9:45 on a Friday night. I had planned to have a couple of awesome cocktails before hitting up at movie at 11:15p in Georgetown - part of a birthday celebration for my boyfriend. The restaurant charges you $25 per person if you decide to cancel, however, they found it acceptable to move our reservation to 10:30p. They had a private party they had to accommodate and had to push back all reservations. They did not seem phased by the request even though it was a large inconvenience to my plans.

When asked on the phone if they would do anything to apologize for the movement of the reservation the woman on the phone was quite rude but finally agreed to a free cocktail for our troubles. When we arrived, the manager asked if we wanted a free appetizer, but having just left a tasting menu dinner, we really just asked for a free cocktail. He said we would receive one. I assumed that meant we would get a free glass of champagne and would be on our way. And at least a simple apology for moving our reservation. Neither of those occurred. We order one round of drinks and even though the restaurant was half empty, it took over 20 minutes to receive our drink. The service was really slow and no one seemed to know what was going on. Instead of ordering a second drink we decided to leave and were charged for both our drinks. I asked to see the manager on the way out and he reeked of cigarette smoke and was completely rude and had a horrible tone. He told me I should've not paid for the cocktails and just left but when I am presented a bill I am not just going to walk out on it. He did end up voiding the check but he was so rude about the whole affair.

The space is neat and it's inside a gorgeous hotel. Unless they get their act together and can provide better service (including a nicer and more courteous manner) I would not waste my time going.

*Please note I did not order food so my star rating for that as 3 stars is completely made up*

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Outstanding staff and beautifully made bespoke cocktails. I’m in town for business and went here to relax. Warmly welcomed by the staff, and since they were having a slower night, lots of time to chat. Wonderful all around, and I’ll be back.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The cocktails were great! The food was extremely tasty and cooked well, but we had a few disappointments. The portion size was unusually small requiring an appetizer to feel satisfied. The seasonal vegetable stew with cashews only had peppers and onions in late spring and the cashews were crushed, so it was not a satisfying or hearty stew. The restaurant acknowledged this shortcoming and took it off the bill. The paella was great, but too small of a dish. I first wondered if I accidentally ordered it off the appetizer menu, but realized this was not the case. The other appetizers were tasty and satisfying. I would return here, but would ask more questions before ordering my meal. Great spot before a movie or an evening event. The ambiance was very good, especially for being in a hotel basement.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Ugh....we REALLY wanted to love this. But it was very average. Food-wise, the shrimp in the paella were very over-cooked and the risotto under my daughter’s salmon was flavorless. Our server was way less than energetic, despite the fact that there were only 3 - 4 tables of guests, all evening. There was no effort at a “speakeasy” ambiance, despite the opportunity and decor....really disappointed. We won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Very intimate, hidden gem
Well, speakeasy bar as one would imagine.
Service was a bit slow but very friendly and the menu concept is local and creative

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

My husband and I went there to celebrate a special day and it was the sweetest place you could go to! Their food is great, drinks very unique and tasty, live music amazing, and the ambiance was truly magical. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The Alex Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy is just wonderful--it's a fantastic place for cocktails and live jazz, reminiscent of an old school speakeasy. The space is intimate and cosy, which is perfect for the singers and musicians that play here. Perhaps one of its best elements, though, is Ignacio, the manager, who goes out of his way to make one feel at home. I was recently at the Alex for a birthday celebration for one of my guests and Ignacio went above and beyond--sending over complimentary bubbly and even arranging for a special birthday song (needless to say, my mum was charmed to bits!). The Alex and Ignacio bring to mind an old-time cocktail bar, with a charming gentleman host. What gems!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Hidden, sleek spot that’s great for before or after dinner drinks and a snack.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Ignacio is wonderful at directing a great wait staff. They manage to serve you without interfering with the music.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Took a client here as he had never been to Georgetown. The place was amazing and offered the perfect environment for talking and sharing great food.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The cocktails were good (though a bit overpriced), but it was loud and a bit gimmicky compared to other speakeasies in the area

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Drinks were well made timely and the venue was beautiful.

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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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