We promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. As future members of the DC Lawyers Assistance Program, we are proud to present a bi-weekly run-down of DC hotspots. We'll try to review new bars, but this week we're doing a review of the Washington Hilton, the location of this year's Barrister's Ball, held on March 20th.Before getting into this review, we'd like to re-introduce ourselves to you, our now faithful readers. Set is a recent graduate of George Washington University and DC's very own former bar wench. You might have already met her at Bar Review, since every Friday at least 10-15 new people know her by name and have an inside joke with her. Lisa, fresh from the Chicago working world, is thrilled to be in a new city, with new bars. You might also have met Lisa at Bar Review, especially if she torture racked you and asked for outlines.
Case: March 20th review of Barrister's Ball, located at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW. Law school prom. We'd been waiting for this event all year and spent the week leading up to the prom frantically working on our briefs so we could forget about Jonathan Bond for a little while and enjoy the night. And unlike the Halloween party, we nixed the pregame and therefore can give you a (more) accurate review of this event.
Facts: The hotel is located very close to Dupont Circle making it both metro accessible and an easy cab ride from our residence. The coatroom was a tad disorganized but both of us got our coats back at the end of the night, so a little disorganization can be forgiven. We quickly procured wristbands and made our way into the ballroom. Or shall we say, made our entrance into the ballroom- the room was HUGE and we half expected that a receiving line would be waiting for us at the bottom of the stairs. We were thrilled to see numerous bars with very short lines and CHICKEN FINGERS. This food option pretty much made Lisa's night.
Issue: If the hotel was going to be so crazy about us not wearing shoes, they should have provided us with socks circa a 1995 bat-mitzvah.
Also, come on 1Ls. While our briefs might not have been the best, they were turned in on time and we still went to prom.
Holding: Great location. Excellent guests. Phenomenal event.
Rule: We had an awesome time. The music was excellent, the guests well-behaved, the food delicious (again, whoever had the chicken fingers idea- you have our undying gratitude) and the drinks very very strong. We especially liked the dancing bartenders, the many chairs located throughout the room (especially handy after being told we couldn't dance barefoot) and watching (and sometimes taking pictures of) an amazing amount of PDA. Everyone looked great and we can't wait for next year's Ball!