Peacock Alley, The Willard Hotel  

First Thursday Drinks

Social Gathering

The Willard Hotel is the regular venue for our happy hours held on the First Thursday of every month, unless it falls on/near a major public Holiday or conflicts with another Cantab scheduled event. The exact dates of these drinks can be viewed by checking the upcoming events schedule.


The Cantab DC Drinks is an elegant but low-key event where you can enjoy a great mix of alumni of all ages, degree programs and life experiences, with lots to discuss in a friendly and easygoing environment. Come imbibe and network in one of America's most historic hotels, the Willard. 

Newcomers Welcome: If you are new in DC or this is your first time at a Cambridge event, make sure to email ahead of time and we'll see that you are greeted and introduced to folks on your arrival. Bring your friends and family - everyone with an alumni connection is welcome! View pictures of the previous Happy Hours online and see who is coming to the next one on Facebook.

PLEASE NOTE: The drinks usually kicks off with the first few people trickling in a few minutes after 6:30 and most having arrived by 7:30. Once entering in through the Willard main entrance, just go through the lobby, up the steps and past the piano to the long hall called “Peacock Alley”. Then just look for the Cambridge Crest or memorabilia, scarves are an easy giveaway these days! In recent months our group has grown and sometimes been asked to move out of Peacock Alley to the larger/more private seating area just adjacent to the lobby desk. If you get there right at 6:30 or if you do not see another Cantab in Peacock Alley, please don't run away! The rest either will be there shortly or have moved to the adjacent spot. 

Directions to the Willard: The Willard Hotel - located at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW - is the regular venue for our happy hours held on the First Thursday of every month. It is conveniently located near the Red, Blue and Orange Lines at Metro Center. Please remember to travel responsibly when leaving the drinks. We urge you to take public transportation and/or use a taxi. If you register for the Uber Black Car/Taxi Service using the following code (69n6p) you will receive a $20 credit that will be applied to your first ride. Likewise, if you register for the Lyft Taxi Service using the linke provide you will have a free $25 credit applied to your account. Travel responsibly!  

N.B. If you enjoy Cantab DC's Event Programming, we would be eternally grateful if you could help us cover our operating costs by making a fast, easy and tax-deductible donation to our 501(c)(3) group online. In lieu of membership fees, your donation will allow us to build the Cambridge network in DC by programming more great events!

The Cambridge Society of Washington DC is committed to equal opportunities for all Cambridge Alumni and to providing a safe and inclusive environment. Sexual, racial, religious or any other form of harassment or discrimination will not be tolerated.