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Discover Tolson Bird Bar

A fried chicken & cocktail bar at The Mayflower

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Now Open, Washington D.C.’s newest fried chicken & cocktail bar located in The Mayflower Hotel. Named after Clyde Tolson, J. Edgar’s protege, Tolson promises to surprise you as the alter ego of Edgar.

Meet Tolson, Hoover’s own ‘alter ego.’

You already know Edgar, The Mayflower’s elevated eatery named after the late J. Edgar Hoover, who dined with us daily for twenty years. A homage to J. Edgar Hoover’s Assistant FBI Director, Clyde Tolson, launches our newest culinary concept.

Step into our bar serving draft cocktails, beer and wine, fried chicken and the best snacks like crispy chicken skins with hot honey and creamy mac n cheese. Step it up with the “Bucket Experience” – a bucket of fried chicken with caviar and Champagne. Take your pick of sauces from mumbo or truffle gravy.

Cocktail ingredients are cleverly inspired by the Tolson story. Try a refreshing gin, kiwi, and cucumber concoction called the “551K”-the amount of Hoover’s estate left to Tolson.

  • overhead of a table covered in newspaper with fried chicken dishes on it
    Tolson Restaurant Tablescape
  • desserts and cocktails on a white table next to an envelope and pen
    Tolson Restaurant Tablescape
  • person pouring beer into a tall glass
    Tolson Restaurant Beer Pour
  • fried chicken meal
    Tolson Fried Chicken
  • person putting an ice cube into a cocktail
    Tolson Restaurant Cocktail

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Let us bring to life the unique role of the Mayflower Hotel in the capital’s history with this crafted experience with your own expert local guide. Hear tales of the world’s most powerful capital drips with scandals and is embroiled in the underbelly of global clandestine efforts.

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