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We were at a special media preview for the latest speakeasy to hit the midtown area, For Rent. K Street is riddled with uber-chic, high-priced, ostentatious venues that, unless you know someone, you’re not getting into without a line; this venue is just the opposite of that. A breath of fresh air in a busy metropolitan neighborhood steps from the White House, the new, unpretentious venue is the perfect spot to enjoy craft cocktails in a low-key, dimly lit environment, no reservations needed. We snapped blogger Lisa Comento, Keylin Rivera and Ogilvy's Jasmine Nesi.
There are no red velvet ropes. In fact, there isn’t even a front door; guests must enter through an underground entrance disguised as a window. Here, Yelp's Tara Lewis, Whitney Stringer and jazz artist Loide Jorge.
The cocktails were custom and tasted as such with modest price tags; our favorite was the The Palisades, a Ketel One, lemon and elderflower-infused liqueur cocktail served with a mini bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc.
We snapped the brains behind the mixology: beverage director Jesse Raines and bartenders Ricky Lavoie and Derrick Caruthers, who flank bar manager Rico Wisner. The venue officially opens today, Dec. 8.