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The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC


    The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC
 in Washington
    The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC
 in Washington

2017 Awards of Excellence Winner

Hotel Historian of the Year - Jim Hewes at The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847) Washington, DC

Jim Hewes

Jim Hewes, Bartender and Cocktail Historian at the Historic Round Robin Bar at The Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC

Born in Webster, New York, Jim Hewes had an affinity for history and education since he can remember. Jim first walked the storied halls of The Willard in 1963, while visiting Washington, DC with his family as a 10 year old boy. Twenty-three years later he would return to the iconic hotel to work as a bartender at the legendary Round Robin Bar, the oldest bar in the city operating in its original location.

Throughout his 30 years of working at The Willard, Jim established an internationally acclaimed reputation for not only his cocktails, but for the history lesson he provided to patrons of the bar. A winner of DC Craft Bartender’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, Jim has become synonymous with the Round Robin Bar. A frequent guest lecturer at special events throughout the city including at the National Press Club, Smithsonian Institute, and Distilled Spirits Council, as well as a contributor to history pieces on National Public Ration, the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and CSPAN, Jim is highly sought after by hotel guests and the media for being a historian.


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