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Boveda
Spanish meats & 'tails on the low

Washington DC

Boveda means "the vault", so keep it in there lest word of this "Latin speakeasy" gets out and it becomes some sort of bustling speak-difficult.

Tucked into the Westin Hotel, the lounge feels like the entertaining room a wealthy Spanish family would never actually use, with rustic, branch-like ornaments, orb-ish lamps, and warm woodgrains framing plush orange banquettes and raised booths. Despite calling itself a speakeasy, this place is really about the food, so maybe they just meant that it's tough to talk with your mouth full of goodness like a mixed churrasco plate (chili-marinated skirt steak, ancho-orange pork, Portuguese sausage, and annatto-marinated chicken w/ green rice and fresh mango salsa), and head-on snapper prepped "old school" (brushed with green recado sauce and fried crisp). There's also "Brazilian steak frites" (rib eye with yucca fries), slow-cooked pork shoulder shredded and served on tortillas, and interesting Latin/Washingtonian (Latintonian?) mash-ups like a "tropical ceviche" full of Maryland jumbo lump crab.

Oh right, and there's cocktails. Herradura gets mixed with black honey tea & bruised jalapenos, and highballs get filled with mezcal, sugar cubes, bitters, and grapefruit peels for what they call the "Tequila Old Fashioned" -- have a couple, and you'll likely feel unspeakably good.

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1. Boveda 2350 M St NW , Washington, DC , DC 20037

Tucked into the Westin Hotel, the lounge feels like the entertaining room a wealthy Spanish family would never actually use, with rustic, branch-like ornaments, orb-ish lamps, and warm woodgrains framing plush orange banquettes and raised booths.

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