Georgetown is a historic neighborhood and entertainment district located in northwest Washington, D.C. Located along the Potomac River, it is home to the main campus of Georgetown University and numerous other landmarks – including Martin’s Tavern.
Martin’s Tavern is a well-known Washington D.C. landmark established in 1933 during the midst of the Great Depression. Throughout time, the warm atmosphere of Martin’s has served locals, along with high-ranking governmental officials.
Rumor has it that John F. Kennedy had a regular booth there – and that he proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in booth #3, while Richard Nixon ate his favorite dish of meatloaf in booth #2. George W. Bush and family resided at Table 12. And it was the gathering place for local jocks like Mickey Mantle and Ty Cobb who chugged late-night beers and celebrated Yankee wins in the backroom fondly called the Dugout.
Four generations of Martins have owned and operated the iconic pub – William S, William G, William A – and now Billy Martin, Jr. Billy’s grandfather – William G. Martin played baseball for the Miracle Braves of 1914 and World Series Champions, lived life to the fullest and was the life of every party. Billy’s father was a Golden Glove boxing champion at Georgetown University and played golf on the Pro-Am circuit during the 1950’s.
Today Billy Martin, Jr. continues the 80-year old tradition of running Washington’s oldest family-owned restaurant with top notch food where sports, politics and Martini’s still flow freely. Only difference is now you can enjoy draft and local craft beers in Sunset Hill Stoneware.
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