VIP guests gained early entry to the ball to enjoy exclusive access to the bartenders, special demonstrations, heavy hor d’ouevres and access to the Hayman’s Old Tom Gin “Gin Lane” VIP after-party at one of the city’s top cocktail bars. The ball featured themed rooms corresponding to significant eras in cocktail history, 1800s (punches), 1900s (pre-Prohibition), 1920s (Prohibition), 1940s (Tiki), 1960s (Mad Men), 1980s (inspired by Cocktail, the movie) and the Future, along with the main ball room where the band performed.
Jim Hewes is the maven of mixology at Willard InterContinental’s Round Robin Bar. For over 24 years, Hewes is the bar’s chief mixologist and cocktail historian and is a hobby historian well versed in the history of Washington, DC especially as it relates to the Civil War. He enjoys regaling guests with stories and historic anecdotes. Among his many accomplishments is the creation of the “Presidential Cocktail Collection”, which consists of libations based on all the US President’s favorites from George Washington to Barack Obama.
The polished mahogany and stately atmosphere of the historic Round Robin Bar makes it the perfect place for an afternoon or evening cocktail. It was at this great classic bar that Henry Clay introduced Washington to the Mint Julep, the Round Robin’s signature cocktail. Located off the grand lobby of the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel, Round Robin Bar hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 1:00 a.m. and Sundays, noon through midnight. A light bar menu is offered through 11:00 p.m. daily. For information call, 202-637-7348.