Back by popular demand, History Happy Hour returns to the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. Held on the third Thursday of every month, this monthly two-hour event distills American history through cocktails, while also providing attendees a hands-on class on the art of cocktail making. Led by Jim Hewes, a venerable mixologist and legendary bartender at The Willard’s iconic Round Robin Bar for over thirty years, and featuring rotating historians from throughout Washington, D.C., History Happy Hour offers mixology lessons “straight up” with history “served long”, a perfect pairing for cocktail aficionados and history buffs.
Kicking off on September 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the hotel’s Willard Room, History Happy Hour – An Off the Wall Event will unveil the Round Robin Bar’s new Off the Wall cocktail menu and provide attendees an exclusive first look and taste of this highly anticipated menu.
Inspired by the hotel’s storied history, the cocktail menu features drinks crafted around the famous figures of the hotel’s past whose portraits adorn the walls of the Round Robin Bar. Historical figures featured on this menu include Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, Alice Roosevelt Longworth and Lillian Russell.
Attendees to this event will have the opportunity to learn more about these individuals while crafting their signature cocktails. Cocktails featured include:
- Alice Blue (named after Alice Roosevelt Longworth) -Peach Bitters infused Absolut Elyx, Senior & Co. Genuine Blue Curacao, Pineapple Extract
- The Rail Candidate (named after Abraham Lincoln) - Southern Comfort, Handcrafted Sweet & Sour Mix, Brandied Cherries
- Wildfire (named after Lillian Russell) - Chili & Pepper-infused Havana Club Rum, Angostura Bitters, sugar and muddled oranges.
Join us for History Hour as we shake up history, one cocktail at a time.
Space is limited.