This city has a secret advantage when it comes to drinks with a view.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
A mirrored elevator whisks you to the 12th floor and into the aptly named 12 Stories, a slinky lounge with polished concrete floors, low-slung couches, a gleaming marble bar, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The interior design is glamorous, but the real star is the view of the skyline, monuments, and waterfront. Opposite the bar, an outdoor terrace overlooks the boats sailing down the Potomac. Get here early to claim one of the coveted outdoor tables.
So who’s there?
A see-be-seen crowd snapping photos of the water and 12 Stories' "Yes Yes Yes" art installation.
How are the drinks?
The first D.C. bar from chichi hospitality group Gerber Group serves up easy-drinking house cocktails like watermelon spritzes and the Hotline Bling, made with Casamigos blanco tequila, raspberries, and Thai chili. Classic cocktails like martinis, negronis, Manhattans, and Old Fashioneds are a priority here, too, along with a lengthy list of bourbon and rye.
Worth ordering something to eat, too?
Aside from a burger and a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, food here is advertised as "bites." That means: zucchini tempura with truffle mayo, deviled eggs, and chips and guac.
Did the staff do you right?
Befitting of a lounge with bottle service.
Wrap it up: what are we coming here for?
Enjoy a stylish night out with a date or girlfriends.