|It’s one thing to find the hottest new bars, the places with buzz, to see and be seen.|
But what if you don’t want to see or be seen? What you need is a place with character, but not so popular that you’ll find every Jared, Alex and Caitlyn in the city there.
Hotel bars usually fit this bill best, not only in their more restrained nature, but also in the fact that they’re not going anywhere, even if they’re not packed with people every night.
The theme of the Topaz Hotel is Zen, inner peace, tranquility and all of that. The Topaz Bar (1733 N St. N.W.), in the lobby, all done up in cool aqua colors and velvet curtains, echoes this theme. This is a happy-hour or late-night destination because patrons crowd around the half-moon bar at prime times. Get there early enough and stake out one of the secluded corner tables or, better yet, one of the plush, curtained booths.