Party Earth Review A cavernous cornerstone of the Adams Morgan barhopping scene, GrandCentral welcomes a rowdy crowd of sports fans, booty shakers, and cover charge haters. The barrel-vaulted ceilings modeled after its namesake New York... ... read full review
2447 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Red Line: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan
M–Th 6pm–2am, F 6pm–3am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am Kitchen closes at 10pm daily
Adams Morgan, Washington, DC –
A cavernous cornerstone of the Adams Morgan barhopping scene, GrandCentral welcomes a rowdy crowd of sports fans, booty shakers, and cover charge haters.
The barrel-vaulted ceilings modeled after its namesake New York train station provide the venue with a motif, continued by the painted stone patterns featured on all three levels.
Casual locals drop in before 10pm to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and hearty classics like burgers and nachos, but while snagging one of the countless wooden tables is rarely difficult for a meal, beer lovers are wise to reserve one of the handfuls of tables that feature their own personal taps.
Come Fridays, the scene quickly changes after dinner as DJs turn up the Top 40, hyperactive college kids flood the multiple dance floors, and lots of cheap beer, and cheaper love, starts to flow. Revelers can escape to the front patio for a smoke break and some people-watching, or tuck into the well-used photo booth to document all the stuff they probably won’t remember in the morning.
The party – albeit far less chaotic – doesn’t always stop during the week, as sports lovers plant themselves in front of the endless array of flat screens to catch the game, pound a few game-specific drink specials at one of the three bars, or even play a little indoor bocce ball.
Laid back but with a party atmosphere, GrandCentral should be the next stop for anyone looking to get down without the hassle of dressing up or to relax with the Redskins and a cold beer.
Mostly college-age crowd of dance happy partiers looking to get wild by night, with older sports-loving locals during the day, early 20s to 40s.
DJs spin Top 40 Thursdays through Saturdays. Indoor bocce court available M–Tu, Su if patrons request it be set up. Several flat-screens on every floor tuned to sports. Free Wi-Fi. Photo booth.
Typical pub grub including sandwiches, burgers, nachos, and quesadillas served until 10pm daily. Weekend brunch. Happy Hour M–F 6–9pm.
Brunch menu $8–$11, appetizers $8–$10, salads and sliders $7–$9, burgers and sandwiches $8–$9, fish and chips $12. Beer $4–$6 (table tap prices vary), cocktails $7–$10, wine $5–$9.
Casual: khakis, shorts, sweaters, fitted jeans, college-branded attire, cute tops.
Dress code after 10pm: No sweats, athletic wear, head gear, construction shoes or boots, baggy clothing, clothing with offensive messages, see-through attire, sleeveless t-shirts, chains, hoodies, camouflage, plain white t-shirts, or sunglasses.
Friday and Saturday nights to get blotto with a young crowd, or on any big game day to catch the action and the drink specials.
The Brass Monkey (2317 18th Street NW) promises an equally rowdy show and a similar crowd, at least on the weekends.