The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy

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181 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 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.

***Saturday Jazz Nights- Please be aware of our 2 hour sitting limit for Jazz Nights. We understand you like to enjoy the live Jazz but we also have others that like to attend. Please be courteous of other reservations. Thank you

*** 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
Brunch:
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

***Kitchen closes 2 hours prior to bar closing
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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
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

We reserved two bar seats for a birthday celebration and they were unavailable when we arrived on time. They sat us at a table and comped one of our drinks, but at a cocktail bar, half the fun is watching drinks being made. Thoroughly disappointed with the failed reservation and even though the drinks and service were fine the remainder of the evening, it was a major disappointment on a special occasion.

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EJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing! I love the energy and the atmosphere. Our server was very nice !

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IR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Father in law loves jazz and craft cocktails both of those weren’t excellent. The service was slow, forgetful and below expectation. The octopus app was fantastic but all the main meals looked basic and tasted as if from a low end chain restaurant. Don’t go here for dinner. Drinks and music only.

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n
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cute spot! Loved our evening here. Enjoyed The Most cocktail and the coconut cake!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was terrible and they forced you into a pre fix menu on Valentines Day. Drinks were good but not worth the $75 three course meal they made you buy :( disappointing.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the speakeasy! So much fun and so secretive! Drinks, food, and the ambience was on point! So many fun drinks to choose from. We loved how the menu looked like an old newspaper and even included facts about prohibition. The jazz performance was an added bonus. We will definitely be back again in the future. Thanks for a great evening for our get together!

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JH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by our hotel concierge. Fun place with some interesting drink combinations. As an old speakeasy you have to try one of the specialty cocktails. We shared a few small plates while enjoying our drinks. It is small with not a lot of tables. Got processing loader as the crowd grew so I recommend, if it is food you are after-go earlier. Will definitely consider returning on our next trip to DC!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot but last night was very crowded and extremely noisy.

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YS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We came here for our favorite jazz singer. We have booked a table for 8p.m. 1 month!! before the event and didn't get it upon arrival..it wasn't available because "people who came earlier were still eating. We are very sorry." !!!! We were waiting for 1 hour before we got a table. Of course already not in the mood. That was a horrible situation and explanation for the restaurant. Overall this place is ok. Cocktails are good. Didn't try anything to eat 'cause didn't have time for that))))

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Loved the cocktails & live jazz.

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Place was great but we went during the restaurant week and the menu wasn’t the same as served. They ran out of desserts and replaced them with average cake. Also the menu description didn’t match what we got. Also two entree options had pork of them which I felt limited our choices.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

I made reservations for my boyfriends birthday dinner and from the moment we walked in the experience was less than special and full of chaos and disappointment. If you’re looking for a romantic speakeasy vibe, do not come here

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EM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very noisy - had to speak loudly to talk to my date. Food was ok - service was mediocre. The waitress did her best.

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wanted to try a a new experience and The Alex was definitely it. Great drinks, food was good, cozy ambiance, service was amazing. Will be back for sure!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Go for drinks but abstain from the food as it can be inedibly dry and visibly aged. Great selection of spirits, though, with a few thoughtful cocktails and ambiance unique to a DC speakeasy.

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r
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Went for restaurant week. The decor is really nice. The drinks were good. The food was cold and bland. Really a major let down. Service was slow. Only one waiter for the entire space.

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D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Gordon, was great! My boyfriend’s steak & eggs dish was delicious. My eggs Chesapeake were good. The tables were pretty close together and the acoustics made for a slightly high noise level. The room decor was otherwise very cool.

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G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Andrew was a spectacular bartender that made us some unique whiskey cocktails based on what flavors we enjoyed. Not a big cocktail person at all, usually just wine and beer but felt very comfortable and enjoyed every sip.

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RF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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DK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alex was a very intimate and warm place...with excellent craft drinks. We had a wonderful time celebrating our 17th Anniversary. The sweet sounds of Bonnie Harris (trio) was amazing! Mrs. Harris sang “At Last” in recognition of our anniversary as we danced. We even met Al Harris, Bonnie’s husband of 35 years, which they will be celebrating an Anniversary in January 2019. Everyone we met or conversed with that night were kind and friendly people. It was truly a night we’ll never forget. We highly recommend The Alex!

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MG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Bartender was great but otherwise service wasn't great. It took a long time to get drinks and our server checked on us maybe once - when we needed him we had to rather aggressively flag him down.

Very loud bar, which didn't fit with the rest of the vibe.

If you're going to check this out, definitely aim for a Saturday night when they have live jazz! That was definitely the highlight of the experience. Menu drinks are good but a little over the top, but the bartender made some great classic drinks - we had a martini and Manhattan, both of which were excellent.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Very small - I strongly suggest making a reservation if you want an actual seat. I find the cuisine to be just OK I’m a little overpriced for what you received. Warning, there is no coffee at this place! So if you are a coffee drinker and would like some with your dessert, you should know that this is not an option. That being said, I was with someone who was willing to go to the hotel just upstairs to ask for a cup. They happily accommodated us. It should have actually have been the waiter doing this and not my guest. Other than these small things the place is very cozy and a good environment for a date.

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BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

A reservation is worthless since they seat people at the table even if they don't have reservations. People tend to linger at their tables for hours so when your reservation time comes you end up squeezed into the only available space at the back of the bar. I wouldn't complain as much if The Alex didn't charge a $25 fee for no shows, but as they do I feel they should be held to the same accountability they expect from their patrons.

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The Alex refused to honor specials as advertised as part of Georgetown Glow. This was disappointing. Portions for entrees are small.

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

I was expecting to hear music, but a large, very noisy group of 11 or 12 talked loudly during the music. I enjoyed the venue, the food was good, but the disturbance was irritating IF one attends for a jazz/song venue. The Alex nneds to decide if it is a music venue or a meeting place. It doesn't work as both.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Interesting and strong cocktails, service was slow and disjointed, but the small size of the place and ambiance made up for what was lacking. Cocktails still need a little finesse, as some are a bit too overpowering. With a little fine tuning, this can become one of the gems in DC

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JP
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Creative bar tender made it fun

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Didn’t eat. Just went for drink

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did go on a very unusual day - thanksgiving night, so the place was pretty much all to ourselves. Few more pairs of people came in and out but it never got buys. So the impressions we have may not stand on a different ordinary night. But we loved Adam, his craft and food suggestions.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, excellent food, and outstanding craft cocktails. High value for the money - will definitely return in the future.
Note: Service was friendly, but slow, on a light mid-week evening.

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SM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Just not good. Not authentic. Weird place and it doesn’t smell good.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 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 20, 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
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 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 13, 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 12, 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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R
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Great cocktails! Poor service!

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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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