Going to the pool to swim? Psh.
The Liaison Capitol Hill is looking to make its rooftop pool much more of a nightlife destination with a major revamp this year. The pool opens today with a greater emphasis on bottle service, new VIP sections, and nightly art, music, and food events.
That’s not to say you won’t have an excuse to put on a swimsuit. The hotel will sell pool day passes for $35 as well as summer-long memberships. But after 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, there’s no swimming (and no cover charge).
The rooftop lounge is trying to set itself up as a see-and-be-seen spot with different events each evening. Saturdays will feature live music, live painting, and “video art projections.” Wednesdays will highlight local guest chefs, bartenders, and others. (Bartenders Jo-Jo Valenzuela and Jamie MacBain will lead a cocktail class on June 15, and chef Matt Baker of forthcoming Ivy City restaurant Gravitas will host a pop-up dinner on June 26.) Every Tuesday, 10 to 15 percent of all food and beverage sales will go to non-profits like DC Central Kitchen and Brainfood.
The entire space has been renovated, from the entry to the patio to the bar. The furniture, seating arrangements, sound system, and menu are all new.
“In the last seven or eight years, this is the largest change,” says Area General Manager Jeff Brainard. “We’ve committed fully to making this a destination as opposed an occasional stopover.”
Bottle service, ranging from $200 for Moet to $350 for 15-year-old Macallan Scotch, is now promoted on the main drink menu as opposed to on a separate menu at the bar that many hardly saw. Cocktails will range from $12 and $20, beers go for $6 to 8, and wine is $12 to $15 per glass. (Hey, drinking poolside ain’t cheap.)
Art and Soul chef Douglas Alexander is behind the food menu, although you won’t find anything much more interesting than a peanut butter, banana, and marshmallow sandwich.
Also listed on the food and drink menu: a hotel room. When available, it will go for $129—just in case you have too much Grey Goose or, you know, make a special friend.
“It is the Liaison,” Brainard says.