Renovated POV Lounge Highlights D.C. Bureaucracy With Red Tape Wall

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The W hotel's POV rooftop bar reopens to the public this weekend after a swanky new renovation to its outdoor terrace and indoor lounge. The design, conceived by New York–based architectural firm nemaworkshop, riffs on all things Washington—even red tape. The very first thing visible as guests exit the elevator is a 50-foot sculptural “red tape wall” as a nod to D.C. bureaucracy. Made from laser-cut, powder-coated metal, the red tape wall glows with LED lighting in the evenings.

P1080547The rooftop is now divided into separate, D.C.-themed spaces, like the north “White House Corner,” which includes a "Dome Bar" with a circular light fixture. Next to the Dome Bar is a 16-seat communal table and a D.C. history–themed mural designed by street artist AIKO. On the south side of the rooftop resides the “Washington Monument Corner” with a new VIP seating area and VIP bar, which will offer private seating for up to 50 guests.

POV’s indoor lounge now features giant brass pegs hanging over the bar, configured to form the profiles of Benjamin Franklin, John F. Kennedy, and Abraham Lincoln. Each profile in the mural weighs more than 600 pounds. They’ll glow at night, and the chandeliers in the room also mimic the profiles. The indoor lounge’s makeover include glam gold couches and furniture.

In addition to the cosmetic changes at POV, the hotel has signed on Brightest Young Thing founder Svetlana Legetic as music curator and Daniel Hatem as director of bar concepts. Bartender Joseph Ambrose and Owen Thomson will create the drinks. The fall cocktail menu (see below) includes creations like Marion Berry with gin, blackberry, citrus, and blackberry foam, and Hey Ladies with vodka, pear, lemon, St-Germain, and cinnamon. Legetic will be adding musically themed nights, like indie rock and rock classic on Thursdays, DiscoBeaux on Fridays, and music from the late '90s through today on Saturdays.


Top rendering courtesy POV. Bottom photos by Adele Chapin.