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About The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy

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.


1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, French, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
M St. NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 337-0900

Website:
http://www.thegrahamgeorgetown.com/

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

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.

Parking Details:
Valet Parking $20.00 + tax per car, street parking, three area parking garages within one block all with greatly discounted evening rates.

Public Transit:
METRO: Foggy Bottom

CIRCULATOR BUS: 30th & K Streets NW

Executive Chef:
Jose Molina

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Live Jazz Vocalists & Crooners Every Saturday Night from 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Pre-NYE Dinner Package - $125 per person (gratuity not included) - Start NYE festivities early by enjoying pre-fix three-course dinner menu from 6pm-10pm at The Alex with a glass of complimentary champagne toast. Your dinner package includes admission to the NYE party on the heated rooftop.

The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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4.1

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4.4

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3.7

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (5)
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Good for Birthdays (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 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 --

Tags: Live Music, Fun, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 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.

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Music event

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Terrible service. Average cocktails. Worse food.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 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

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I had a reservation but when I got to the place, there was no place where to seat. I will not recommend this place to anyone!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good service and cocktails. The staff was very helpful but also left us alone to enjoy the music. I was impressed with the talent of the musicians. I'd definitely return for another visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I loved Rochelle Rice, I will be back for other African American Vocalist.

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic, Live Music, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great drinks, slightly rowdy patrons for a late Friday night crowd. Hostess was amazing!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great design and interior with fantastic attention to detail. We went on a Saturday night and heard some fantastic jazz. Beautifully hand crafted cocktails and top quality food at a reasonable price

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Amazing place with live music. It’s a speakeasy so it doesn’t have a sign. Make a reservation and let the guard or receptionist know on the first floor. Drinks were great and menu was printed on a newspaper:) great experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Just went to the Alex again on Nov 25 for Saturday Jazz Night. Great music, as always. Less loud talking in the audience so it was easier to hear the music. But also easier to hear the bartender shake each cocktail. The welcome is warm, the service is attentive, the food is good and the wine list has good options. The venue is perfect for jazz (maybe because of my age, it's easier to sit at ground level than in the high chairs and sofas). I love the decor of the cozy room and the newspaper menu. Love the 'hidden downstairs' vibe. This was my 4th time, and this was the most respectful crowd. When you can hear the music, it's an awesome night out with all the therapeutic impact of wonderful music.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We have been to the Alex half a dozen times and always enjoyed ourselves. The music on Saturday nights is uniformly excellent jazz. The food is quite good and the drinks are excellent. This is a jewel that I almost don't want to share but I understand that it is so small they have to have a full house to make a profit! Tell your friends - but not too many of them.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Hipster vibe speakeasy. Limited food and cocktail menu. Charcuterie plate underwhelming for price. There was a vibrant prIvate party that impinged service to other patrons and made conversation across the table impossible at times.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We made reservations for the Jazz performance on Saturday evening, unfortunately they did not have a table for us and had to sit at the small bar area. Not what we expected nor was it ideal since I got bumped into often. Our table was given to walk-in diners somehow. Another diner there told us this happened to him as well. Hostess needs to work on this.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Awesome place to enjoy a nice cocktail and great music!

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Cozy, Spicy, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The cocktails were good, and the server was knowledgeable and friendly. It did however take the server 20-25 minutes to acknowledge me after I sat down. They had maybe 3 other tables, and its a small space. After placing our order they came back and ask if we had decided on what we wanted twice.

I get having an off night, but for the price of this venue...the experience was far from valuable. Would return if I wasn't dining, and was getting my own drink at the bar.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We have enjoyed going to the Alex frequently to listen to the excellent quality live jazz that is being featured there. This last visit, however, we were quite disappointed at the level of noise in the bar area. The singer tried her best to involve the audience and keep the ones listening happy. But it was obviously hard for the musicians and those of us who wanted to enjoy them. It would be nice for the staff to try to calm things down out of respect to the first class musicians hosted by the Alex, and its discerning clients!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The Alex was one of the best dining experiences that my wife and I had in a long time! We only had appetizers and drinks, but can say without a doubt that the bathtub Jin and Tonic was our go to drink. We kept ordering them and really enjoyed them. The food was great and the service was great. The prohibition era theme was very cool as well. I would definitely recommend making a stop here!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I especially love to come for the live jazz performances.

Great atmosphere; cozy and comfortable - usually! Crowd can sometimes be quite noisy during shows, paying little attention to the performers or the other members of the audience. Cocktails are good, but the food (i.e., entrees) is sometimes hit or miss. I stick with the appetizers.

Thankfully, the staff is top notch and go out of their way to provide excellent service and manage any issues. I've recommended The Alex to many friends and they've enjoyed their visits.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I wanted to love The Alex so much but, they fell flat!

I do love the concept and decor! You arrive and are given a code to the door and then head down to a cozy and well decorated space. The details in the space are fabulous and the drink I had was fantastic.

However the food and service fell flat. When we arrived downstairs we were not greeted and had to ask if we should seat ourselves or not. It took a while for the waiter to acknowledge us and take our orders (which wasn't terrible as I was able to read the articles in the menu and figure out the place is a nod to Alexander Granham Bell.)

Our waiter was very nice and polite but very uniformed about the drinks and menu. Every question we had, he had to go and ask someone for the answer and the bartender had to come over to answer a basic question of if one of their signature cocktails was sweet or not.

We ordered the deviled eggs and they were the best thing I ate. We also split a salad which was forgettable and overdressed. I ordered the scallops and thankfully they had a sauce as they were over cooked and dried out (very disappointed - but I ate them as I was starving & there was only three) the sauce was yummy. The risotto was good. However the plate was suppose to have aparagus but didn't. My colleague has the chicken and said it was fine.

Overall great place for drinks but skip the food as for the price their are much better food options in DC

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We went strictly to see the jazz singer performing that night, and enjoy some good live jazz. The place was so small that my husband, who is tall, had a hard time fitting his legs under the table. The food was totally underwhelming, and the service (our waiter) was horrible. The management did not ask customers to keep conversation to a whisper once the performance started (which is standard practice in most places with live music). So, when the jazz performance started, at least one table (with at least 6 more patrons) kept talking so loudly that it distracted from the singer (who was excellent). Overall, if you are hoping to enjoy a pleasant evening of good live jazz, and a decent meal, this is NOT the place to go. Too bad!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Live Music, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Nice little spot that I'm glad we came across - bartenders were very nice and helpful. Nice drink list.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The cocktails and speakeasy environment are incredible. The food is very much worth the value!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 1, 2017

This was a breakfast meeting. The food was good - I ordered the avocado toast. It was good, but would have been better if the egg yoke had not been so firm. And the coffee was hot and fresh.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Skip the food, the cocktails are amazing and enjoy the live music on Saturdays.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Late-night Find, Cozy, Special Occasion, Live Music, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Cons: The Alex only takes reservations on open table. It does not say it was Jazz night. It's a very small intimate venue. The host, short guy dark hair was rude. We hear s this was a good place to go for dinner so we did for a friends Bday. Jazz night there's NO TALKING. So if you plan to converse with your friends do not go here on Jazz night. The host said something VERY rude to my friend on our way out. We left after 2 drinks, no dinner, had to make new reservations for a friends Bday.

Pros: waitress was very nice. Bartender made delicious drinks.

Overall a terrible experience and none of us will ever go back, or recommend this to anyone else.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

My husband and I tried this venue for the Saturday night live jazz show. We had 7pm reservations which gave us enough time to get good seating and order drinks and appetizers prior to the show. We knew the jazz would be great as we were familiar with artists. What was surprising was the quality of the food and the attentive service, even as the live show was occurring.

This is not a venue for those uncomfortable with tight spaces; they put a lot of people in this small speakeasy. That being said, most guests were quite delightful, the artists would converse on breaks between sets. Conversation was mostly quiet while musicians were performing (as it should be). It was clear that most attendees were serious about jazz and were intolerant of those who were loud and cackling during the performance. The noisy table took the hint and left very quickly after eating. Prices are reasonable given the quality of the food and music. Special cocktails are available. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Excellent SpeakEasy! The drinks were crafted with love and passion. We had the pleasure of speaking to the owner and his work shows.
The doorman gives you the code to the door. Beautifully appointed seats. Will definitely be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed Veronica Swift’s Jazz performance at Birdland Jazz Club while we visited NYC last weekend. She is a very talented young artist. When we realized she was having a show in town this weekend, we decided to check it out.

Her performance was at The Alex on Saturday night. The place is quite small. It is more a lounge setting rather than a restaurant or jazz club like Birdland. I think the half of people were there for a date or gathering with friends. They really did not care about Veronica’s singing and talked non-stop. It is very annoying that the noise from bartender’s shaking a cocktail was louder than the piano.

The food and service were pretty good at The Alex, however we should have listened to other reviewer’s concern that The Alex is not recommended for live music.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

I heard about this place on Instagram, so I made reservations a couple of weeks so my college bestie and I could come check it out. It's definitely not advertised outside of the hotel, you seem to have to be "in the know" when you get there and you have to have a reservation, cause the doormen were turning people away left and right when we were waiting for our 10 pm reservation. When it was time for our check in, gentlemen (security?) told us we could enter, and you can punch in the door code given to you upon arrival in the secret door, and then enter the speakeasy. It's very small (not a bad thing) with bar seating and tables/chairs. When we arrived, there was a woman singing jazz/blues with a pianist and bass player. The bartenders were super friendly and very personable, making me a drink that was off the menu (made with a decanter that they put smoke into - very cool to watch!) They definitely feed into the hype of the speakeasy by the doormen pretending not to know what anyone is talking to about when people inquire about it, and refusing entry left and right, plus having to use the door code to get in. I would definitely come back, but make sure to have a reservation, we saw one woman try to sneak in and be denied entry for about 20 minutes.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Heard Lena Sikley sing there -- wonderful jazz. tiny place. Really excellent evening

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

I love this place. Good food, good cocktails, nice ambience. The jazz on Saturdays is fabulous.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Had a great experience at the Alex watching live music. It's a very intimate space so you are really close to the musicians. The cocktails are creative and the food was good. Service was excellent - always someone nearby to check in with you, fill the water, take away plates, etc. But you have to want to see the music if you go on a Saturday night - it's not "background" music where you can talk with friends the whole time - it requires some attention/respect for the musicians! We had a wonderful time.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Cozy
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