Party Earth Review A vibrant bit of Jamaica in the heart of U Street – evident in its musical lineup and authentic snack menu – Patty Boom Boom attracts a diverse and boisterous crowd throughout the week. Hungry partiers stop by the small... ... read full review
1359 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Tu–Th, Su 8pm–2am, F–Sa 8pm–3am
U Street Corridor, Washington, DC –
A vibrant bit of Jamaica in the heart of U Street – evident in its musical lineup and authentic snack menu – Patty Boom Boom attracts a diverse and boisterous crowd throughout the week.
Hungry partiers stop by the small glass countertop that dominates much of the downstairs area, picking up a traditional beef or vegetable-wrapped pastry (aptly named “patties”) and scarfing it down on the way to the larger lounge on the second level.
Upstairs, a handful of candlelit tables and a bar provide space for groups of young professionals and Rastafarians alike to relax and wash the patties down with an assortment of rum punches. But once the music kicks off, the chill vibe gives way to the dance fiends as nightly performances by live bands or DJs pack the house, the tall windows steam up with reggae permeated revelry, and everybody cheers when blasts from an air horn punctuate the music.
Groups stuck at one end of the room naturally mix and mingle when the crowd hits its peak, as they invariably have to elbow and flirt their way across the sweaty sea on a quest for another Dark and Stormy.
A unique addition to the already diverse and colorful collection of bars in the U Street Corridor, Patty Boom Boom is the perfect place to eat up and Get Down Down.
Diverse mix of students, young professionals, reggae and ska fans, dance fiends, and chill islanders, mid-20s to late 30s.
Live concerts and/or DJs six nights a week.
Carry-out menu of Jamaican patties, including spicy beef, jerk chicken, and Caribbean vegetable.
Cover charge $0–$10. Patties $2 or $5/three. Beer $6–$7, rum and cocktails $8–$11, rum of the month $5.
Casual: t-shirts, caps, sneakers, baggy jeans, shorts, sandals, throwback jerseys.
There’s a good crowd almost any night, though Fridays and Saturdays tend to bring in the most highly-regarded musical acts.
Lounge of Three (1013 U Street NW) is an unpretentious neighborhood haunt featuring hip-hop and trivia nights, karaoke, drink specials, and board games.