Mad Men may be over, but we’re not done being inspired by the show that has defined television since its 2007 premiere. In honor of last week’s series finale, we round up a list of local bar scenes fit for a proper farewell (and toast) to the men and women of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
Off the Record’s plush red tufted booths and wingback chairs, paired with dark woods, an intricate ceiling, and ultra low lighting, make it the perfect place to enjoy an evening cocktail. The menu offers a long list of bourbon- and scotch-based options, but we recommend the Lafayette Old Fashioned or the Pear Martini. The Hay-Adams, 800 16th St. NW, 202-942-7599
The Whiskey Room & Bar
The Whiskey Room, well appointed with rich woods and dark leather, opened early last year above Ri Ra in Georgetown, but offers an entirely different vibe than its downstairs Irish host. With an ideal space and menu for sipping whiskey, we imagine it would be the perfect spot for after-work drinks with your agency coworkers. 3125 M St. NW, 202-751-2111
With a hidden door, an extensive craft cocktail list, and a firm “no standing” rule, The Gibson is another intimate speakeasy-style favorite in the district. Four distinct dark spaces (a main bar, an upstairs bar, and two lounge-like private rooms) are given a discreet feel through the embossed leather bar, the black ceiling, and cozy red booths. 2009 14th St. NW, 202-232-2156
The rich, intimate, 50-shades-of-brown setting at The Rye Bar nestled in the Capella Hotel is another inconspicuous favorite ideal for a Mad Men-inspired evening. With a focus on American rye whiskies, drinks at The Rye Bar feature specialty, hand shaved ice cubes in all of its craft cocktails. 1050 31st St. NW, 202-617-2424
In a new initiative debuting worldwide throughout the St. Regis brand, the St. Regis DC is hosting Jazz Legends, a series of musical performances that transform the ballroom into a sultry, prohibition era-style lounge. While the vibe may technically precede Mad Men, the flowing champagne and martinis make it an event Don Draper himself would attend. St. Regis DC kicked off the series with a performance by the acclaimed Jamie Cullum. The next installment is expected to take place early this summer. 923 16th St. NW, 202-638-2626