Marriott Watch: Four Marquis bars, restaurants revealed


The Marriott Marquis Washington D.C., which opens May 1, will have five restaurants and bars. (Jeffrey MacMillan/Capital Business)

No word yet on the to-be-announced “specialty restaurant” at the upcoming Marriott Marquis Washington D.C., but the Bethesda-based company announced its plans last week for the hotel’s four other eateries and bars.

A quick run-down of the offerings, which will make their debut May 1:

Down-home diner. Marriott got its start as a root beer stand in 1927, and the company says it’s going back to its roots with Anthem, a contemporary restaurant with a “diner-inspired menu.” The eatery will also have two private rooms for group parties.

Upscale lounge. With dark wood, a brick wall and an antique cash register, the Dignitary will be a hark back to the prohibition era. The lounge, fittingly located in the historic “Plumbers Building” on the corner of 9th Street and Massachusetts Ave. NW, will specialize in handcrafted cocktails and high-end whiskey, among other drinks. An outdoor patio will seat 40.

“High-tech” sports bar: Street-level bar High Velocity will come equipped with 36 flat-screen TVs, phone-charging stations and ticker tape screens with sports scores. There will be 48 beers on tap, as well as lunch and dinner bar service and international beer samplers.

Lobby bar: The appropriately-named Lobby Bar will serve coffee, tapas and cocktails under the hotel’s 15-story glass roof.

Abha Bhattarai covers local banking, retail and hospitality for The Washington Post’s Capital Business section. She has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
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