The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy

4.3
147 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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

*** 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 147 People Are Saying
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3.8
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4.3
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3.7
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DS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and the live jazz was really good.
Our table wasn’t available when we first arrived for our reservation but the staff handled it very well. They got us drinks and made sure we were taken care of. Once a table opened they moved us right in. No complaints, we had a great time.

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MK
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 4

Well, everything was great except the server. She was rude and not attentive. She was ruining our evening while everything else were good.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 4

Great "speakeasy" novelty bar with awesome bartender and amazing cocktails. Nice atmosphere and it's kinda cool that you have to enter a code at the door to get in. Seriously though, eat before you go. The food was awful. The pork buns were almost inedible, I guess we were just really hungry. The bun was baked, not steamed, as it should have been, so it was brown, dry, and crunchy. The pork almost jerky, super dry, hard, and tasted burnt. The steak was just OK and for Waygu, we expected better. The veg on the side was banquet hall quality. At least the fries were decent.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was not good. The server continuously asked us if we want more food/drinks and it was annoying. She did that every 10 minutes even when the food we already order was not ready. It was really disappointing and a 20% tip was added mandatory to the check. Her attitude was not the best and the restaurant was empty so it was not because she was under stress.

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was very well partnered with the subtle life Jazz performance. My meal was prepared to perfection. The manager catered to my food allergies with precision and care, I could not me more pleased with that.

I'll be back......for Sure!

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c
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This would have been a great place to go but they had 1 server for about a dozen tables (some 2 and some 4 tops). The server was nice enough and got everything right but she was frazzled and we had to wait a while for our drinks and food.

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SP
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Very disappointing. We arrived at 7:30 for our reservation and the noise level wasn’t too bad, but within 30 minutes we were almost yelling at each other to hear. There wasn’t any music either. Right away we ordered 1 appetizer and 1 entree and didn’t receive them for 45 minutes. It was crazy. There were only 3 other small parties before we arrived. The devil eggs were just ok, somewhat bland. The paella was very good, but very small for the price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We loved our time at The Alex, and definitely will come back!

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KD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We went on a Thursday night for a special date night. There was live flamenco music - I don't tend to think flamenco when I think Speakeasy... and it was VERY loud - this is a small space so a live band overpowers the entire room. It tries for the Speakeasy ambiance, but other than the secret access door to get there (or you just take the elevator) - this is the restaurant where breakfast is served for the hotel above every morning - not exactly a secluded off-the-grid underground bar. The cocktails were OK, nothing special but not terrible. For $15 a piece I wanted a little more. We did not have any food but I couldn't submit this review without rating it - not sure why Opentable requires that.

Overall, I was disappointed and have no plans to go back.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The music, organized by Chris Grasso, was excellent. Very talented musicians, it was a great treat to hear them. Unfortunately, the sounds from the bar (vigorous mixing of drinks) in such a small space was very intrusive, and very distracting. Otherwise a delightful evening.

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P
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place to visit on a date to get away from he norm. Nicely place in the Georgetown area of DC. I liked the little touches to make the place memorable. I would definitely visit again.

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CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We’ve been to the Alex many times and never had a problem. So we were excited to make another reservation for some family birthdays. We made reservations for 9:00 pm about a month in advance. We arrived and were told our table was ready. At 10:30, after being ignored for the whole evening by the waitstaff we were told our table was ready. That’s also when they finally acknowledged our long wait. Too little, too late. Very disappointed in this experience!

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly server. Cool unique drinks. Recommend for a relaxing evening.

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d
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and wonderful music. excellent cocktails.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

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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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MN
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

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

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b
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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

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SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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BB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

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EP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

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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New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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f
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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EG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

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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SK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a speakeasy. Good luck getting in! Great music, intimate location, fun times.

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H
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks were well made timely and the venue was beautiful.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

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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TS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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