Drinking History

A Sip In The Right Direction

The War of 1812. A White House rager. Two presidents and a funeral. What do all of these events have in common? A stiff drink! Join Tours for Humanity and learn how a few drinks helped change the course of history (or at least made it bearable).

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Hotel Washington

Hotel Washington

Our tour begins across the street from the White House at the former Hotel Washington, now owned by W Hotels. Hotel Washington is steeped in history since its establishment in 1917. Not only did Presidents Reagan and Clinton attend presidential balls in its elegant ballrooms, but this hotel is also where Elvis met President Nixon and infamously asked to be a FBI agent.

The Willard

The Willard

The Willard has hosted virtually every president since Franklin Pierce in 1853, including a 10 night stay by Abraham Lincoln. Most notably, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech during his stay in 1963. Come soak in its history with us at the Willard’s famous round robin bar.

Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill is DC’s oldest saloon and its guest list reads like the who’s who of American history. Presidents McKinley, Grant, Johnson, Cleveland, Roosevelt, and Harding have shared a drink (or two) here.

Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park & The White House

On our way to the last stop, our tour will take a detour through Lafayette Park named after the Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette, a glory-seeking teenage French Aristocrat, forged an unlikely bond with George Washington that saved the American revolution.

St. Regis

The Hamilton

Share a last drink at the Hamilton named after Alexander Hamilton, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, major author of the Federalist papers, and the United States’ first secretary of the treasury.

The Fine Print

If you need more information about our tours, send us a message or reach out to us at (202) 780-4544.

Drinking History Tour Details

  • Where

    Meet us at in the lobby of the Washington Hotel at 515 15th Street NW.

  • Duration

    Our tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours. 

  • Price

    Our historical drinking tour is $29.50 per person and does not include drink purchases. 

  • Metro Station

    The closest metro station is McPherson Square on the Orange/Silver/Blue line. Metro’s Trip Planner website will help you navigate your ride.

  • Reservations

    Reservations are required. Sign up for a tour using our calendar.

“Tour guide was an amazing storyteller – brought history to life in fun and lively ways, and was super knowledgeable about the sites and city. Plus the company is socially conscious and great at connecting DC to the world as a whole.”Trip Advisor Review