What used to be a Borders bookstore on the corner of 14th & F is now possibly the coolest venue to hit downtown DC in quite a while. The Hamilton, which opens its doors today at 4pm, is joining the exclusive ranks as one of DC’s very few 24/7 spots and as the only all-night eatery that doubles as the city’s coolest new music venue. Sound fabulous? It is.
I had a chance to preview the 37,000 sq ft venue last week and I was absolutely blown away. For starters, The Hamilton is the brainchild of Clyde’s Restaurant Group, known for their popular Clyde’s restaurants as well as their Washington landmark restaurants, 1789 and Old Ebbitt Grill. This means that you already know the food will be good, but can be excited that it’s also wildly innovative and served all day and all night. Seven different menus ranging from a robust sushi selection to breakfast, late night, and everything in between makes Hamilton’s menu one of the biggest and most diverse menu’s I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot of menus).
And aside from being just another restaurant to choose from in downtown (provided, it may be your only choice after a game at Verizon Center or a show at Warner Theater), The Hamilton also serves as the city’s new awesome music venue, with an eclectic set of performers already slated to begin on December 23rd.
With room for over 300 people in their downstairs, sound-proof music venue, The Hamilton will be showcasing a fabulous menu to go along with their music acts, which will include everyone from local bands to nationally known musicians. A little bird told me there is going to be a well known Simon & Garfunkel cover band in February and I am already incredibly excited for it.
You won’t see people raging out at these shows, but it’s definitely more than background dinner music. The Hamilton’s live venue is the kind of place you can enjoy great food, music, and company with total ease.
For information on music acts coming to the Hamilton and tickets (they run about $15 -$20), check out the schedule here.