Photo: The Watergate Hotel

The Watergate Hotel Is Inviting You to Break in and Claim Its Rare Whisky

by Eben Diskin Jun 28, 2019

Back in 1972, breaking into the Watergate Hotel in DC was a pretty serious offense; now, it’s actually encouraged. For the 47th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, wherein Republican campaign workers broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex, resulting in the eventual resignation of President Nixon, the hotel’s Next Whisky Bar is offering a somewhat updated break-in experience.

The bar has installed a five-foot-tall, 700-pound vintage Mosler safe. Inside, there is a bottle of 1960 Last Drop Blended Scotch Whisky waiting for the guest who can figure out the correct combination.

Each time you purchase one of the bar’s $200 “Break the Safe” flights, you will be given one opportunity to crack the code. The odds may seem rather long, but it’s not impossible. Earlier this month, a Canadian man guessed the code to a long-locked, mysterious safe at a museum in the Vermillion Heritage Museum on the first try.

Even if you fail, however, you probably won’t be too disappointed. The flights contains one-ounce pours of whiskies like George T. Stagg, Macallan Exceptional Cask 12 Year, and Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique.

The Next Whisky Bar not only has an exceptional menu, but it also has an incredible setting with an undulating wall comprised of 2,500 illuminated whisky bottles.

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