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Grab a Drink, on the Sly, at One of D.C.’s Former Speakeasies

Prohibition might have lasted longer in D.C. than anywhere else, but that didn’t stop the District from throwing a few back

Police officers stand proudly with jars and crates of moonshine, brewed illegally duirng the prohibition. Washington, D.C. (© CORBIS)

Beuchert’s Saloon

When Beuchert’s Saloon, a farm-to-table restaurant and bar in D.C.'s Eastern Market neighborhood, began renovating its space, contractors found a hidden sliding door—which was covering hundreds of empty Prohibition-era liqueur bottles. The original Beuchert’s Saloon opened in 1880, under the ownership of German businessman and Capitol Hill local John Ignatius Beuchert. The saloon was converted during Prohibition into a sewing shop, but, as the discovery of the bottles shows, it probably never lost its boozy-appeal.

Today, eaters hit up Beuchert's Saloon for its mix of locally-sourced American fare and specialty cocktails—they even have prosecco on tap. The restaurant's interior pays homage to its old-timey roots, with decor inspired by post-Prohibition American dining saloons as well as Paris in the 1920s. Expect hanging chandeliers, exposed brick and tiny dark-wood tables dotting the long, narrow space.

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