It was amazing! The ambiance was so cool and the live jazz music made it such a special night. Cocktails and apps were perfect!
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!
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!
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.
Excellent music, excellent atmosphere, excellent food, excellent service!
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.
Great place. Really cool
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.
If you are by yourself don't expect good service. They seen to cater to couples.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definitely go Thursday for the Cuban nights!
Can’t believe it took me so long to find this! Loved the low key vibe and drinks were wonderful.
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!
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.
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!
We enjoyed cocktails and a wonderful bartender. Love it!
Went for drinks with friends. We loved the atmosphere and the selection of cocktails was excellent and very creatively themed.
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.
Awesome place. However, the live music was a little too amplified.
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.
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.
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 --
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.
Had a great time. Definitely a place to take a date then head the the movies after.
Terrible service. Average cocktails. Worse food.
Atmosphere was great. Food could hzve been better. Waiters we nice but a littld pushy
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
I loved Rochelle Rice, I will be back for other African American Vocalist.
Great drinks, slightly rowdy patrons for a late Friday night crowd. Hostess was amazing!!
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