Hours: Saturdays, Sundays and select holidays 10 am to 4pm
Uptown, Downtown or Down Home: Downtown meets Down Home in 1962. Packed full of what was considered futuristic design in the Mid 20th Century, West 5's retro interior gives off a slightly kitsched-up Mad Men vibe.
Bubbles, Bloodies or Black Coffee: All three. The cocktail menu is nearly overwhelming, with page upon page of options, but if you are an avid consumer of the Bloody Mary, West 5 has you covered. Their spicy 'Jo's Bloody Mary,' named after their "72-year-young bartender Jo" is a recipe that has obviously been honed to perfection. Mimosas come in stemless wine goblets, and the Caffe Vita coffee is served with a saucer, in a Caffe Vita mug, as it should be.
Hungover, Hooked-Up or Hanging with the Family: West 5 manages to serve the whole family by segregating their sections. There was a single eight-year-old girl there on my visit. On a sunny Sunday morning this spot is so brightly lit that I wouldn't bring anyone whom you do not wish to gaze upon (or gaze upon you) in the harsh light of day. On a grey drizzler however, you'll both look enchanting.
The bar makes for easy hung-over or solo dining. The Wi-Fi is fast and if you enjoy Dolly, Loretta, Tammy or any of the other ladies of classic C&W with your coffee they have you covered.
What's Cooking: As brunch is exclusive to weekends, the menu is tight but still manages covers a lot of bases. The Chilaquiles (essentially nachos with scrambled eggs) and Huevos Rancheros work when you're craving a south-of-the-border breakfast, while your sweet option is a Hot Apple French Toast (Challa bread, Washington apples, powdered sugar and a warm caramel drizzle, baked to order). Classics like the simple Two Egg Breakfast, Corn Beef Hash and several versions of breakfast sandwiches round out the menu.
All the brunch items at West 5 come in under $10, which should allow and encourage you to spend generously on their superior cocktails.