Tattoo Bar

Bar / Club
Tattoo Bar A biker's joint with an upscale twist, Tattoo Bar may sport the requisite dark interior, industrial décor, and body art implied by its name, but it's by no means a dive. Washington, DC United States 38.902914 -77.032685
2.88 5
Tattoo Bar - Bar | Club in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review A biker’s joint with an upscale twist, Tattoo Bar may sport the requisite dark interior, industrial décor, and body art implied by its name, but it’s by no means a dive. Girls in sexy dresses strut through the hanging... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Blue, Orange Lines: McPherson Square; Red Line: Farragut North

  • Phone:

    202–408–9444

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M, W–Th 10pm–2am, F 5:30pm–3am, Sa 9pm–3am; Private parties Tu, Su; May open earlier for special events

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Tattoo Bar Review

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A biker's joint with an upscale twist, Tattoo Bar may sport the requisite dark interior, industrial décor, and body art implied by its name, but it's by no means a dive.

A biker’s joint with an upscale twist, Tattoo Bar may sport the requisite dark interior, industrial décor, and body art implied by its name, but it’s by no means a dive.

Girls in sexy dresses strut through the hanging bike chains in the entry, checking their reflections in the mirrored wall before sidling up to the sleek illuminated bar in back, while posh guys in blazers scope out the eye candy from one of a half-dozen private tables, or ogle the risqué photos of tatted models and the custom motorcycle jutting out above the bar.

Developed by the same group behind upscale Midtown, Tattoo draws many of the same patrons, including fashionable sorority sisters who rent out the Ink Room for rowdy birthdays, and smaller bachelor parties who down shots in the Rock Star Room on the mezzanine.

As seductive bartenders in fishnets attract attention from the standing-room-only crowd clamoring for specialty cocktails, DJs spinning an eclectic mix of 80s, 90s, rock, and Top 40 – often accompanied by video montages flashing on TVs and a 90-inch projection screen – bring dedicated couples to their feet to dance despite the obvious lack of any room to do so.

Although many of the stylish patrons may be afraid of needles, there’s no doubt that DC’s edgy fashionistas still make a point of hitting Tattoo Bar.

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Tip from Adriana:

Unless you get bottle service and a table, don’t expect to be able to sit down. There are only five stools at the bar, and they’re usually cleared away by 1am.

  • Crowd

    Slightly edgy fashionistas, young professionals, mainstream music lovers, and groups of girls, 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJ spins 80s, 90s, Top 40, and rock and roll, accompanied by videos displayed on various TVs and a projection screen.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Two semi-private VIP rooms. Tables are bottle service only after 10pm. Happy Hour 9–10pm (varies).

  • Prices

    Cover charge normally $10/F–Sa after midnight for guys. Beer $5–$9, wine $5–$8, cocktails $8–$12, bottle service $200–$350. Room rental $500–$1,500. Coat check $4.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dressy with a dash of spice: sexy cocktail dresses, catwalk punk, dark jeans, button-downs, blazers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays for the extended Happy Hour and Saturdays for the most packed weekend scene.

  • Close By

    Lima Restaurant and Lounge (1401 K Street NW) features couches on the K Street sidewalk, perfect for sipping martinis and mingling with pretty people.

Tattoo Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Less Tattoo than expected
Alexandra T. Jun 4, 2013
I guess by the name of the bar I was expecting a venue to be much more dedicated to the art of tattooing, but the interior was kind of typical of any bar. I remember it being dark and having some red splashes here and there. The drinks were alright, but what I remember was this venue being thin. It was like a slightly wider hallway, so I imagine if the place were to get really busy it would very easily turn into a prime example of claustrophobia.
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