The Brass Monkey

Bar / Karaoke Bar / Restaurant
The Brass Monkey A collective of five separately-named venues under one owner, and all joined by connecting stairways, The Brass Monkey is a labyrinth of entertainment where the amount of alcohol consumed on each floor tends to blur the boundaries... Washington, DC United States 38.920225 -77.041639
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The Brass Monkey - Bar | Karaoke Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review A collective of five separately-named venues under one owner, and all joined by connecting stairways, The Brass Monkey is a labyrinth of entertainment where the amount of alcohol consumed on each floor tends to blur the... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Red Line: Woodley Park Zoo/Adams Morgan

  • Phone:

    202-265-6665

  • Hours:

    Restaurant: Tu–Sa 6–10pm
    Bar: Th 6pm–midnight, F–Sa 6pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Brass Monkey Review

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A collective of five separately-named venues under one owner, and all joined by connecting stairways, The Brass Monkey is a labyrinth of entertainment where the amount of alcohol consumed on each floor tends to blur the boundaries...

A collective of five separately-named venues under one owner, and all joined by connecting stairways, The Brass Monkey is a labyrinth of entertainment where the amount of alcohol consumed on each floor tends to blur the boundaries between each establishment.

The joint’s namesake space on the ground floor is actually an Italian restaurant called Spaghetti Garden until 10pm, after which the simple wooden tables are pushed aside and a DJ starts spinning Top 40, hip-hop, and techno to a rowdy pack of preppy interns who shake it on the dance floor until last call.

Downstairs isn’t any less frenetic, as The Peyote Café in the basement is a veritable slosh fest of recent college grads jostling for position at the bar and “singing” karaoke

Mellower groups of friends and young professionals looking to escape the frenzy can venture up to Roxanne to shoot some pool, hang at the bar, or take their cocktails to the frat-house hodgepodge of old sofas and chairs in the lounge area.

Yet another flight of stairs leads to On the Rox, which provides access to a rooftop patio where smokers and newly minted couples check out the view – either of 18th street or of the guy next to them vomiting from three flights up.

A multi-storied mishmash of bars, music, and dancing, Brass Monkey draws in a young crowd – whether they’ll ever get out is another story.

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Tip from Emma:

Hang out in the Peyote Café until the wee hours – after 1am, one of the owners usually comes out with a platter full of pizza, so don’t miss out!

  • Crowd

    College students, interns, and recent graduates, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Karaoke. DJ spins Top 40, hip-hop, and techno. Pool table upstairs.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of traditional Italian fare. Happy Hour Th–F 6–11pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $3–$7, entrées $7–$17. Beer $4–$5, wine $20–$21/bottle, cocktails $5–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual: jeans and button-downs or sweaters for guys, blouses paired with jeans or a skirt, or casual dresses for girls.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Around 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays for the rowdiest crowds that stay until closing.

  • Close By

    Jumbo Slice (2341 18th Street NW) serves pizza slices three times the average size for $5–$6 each.

The Brass Monkey User Reviews

Average rating:
The Never Ending College Party
Danny M. Aug 3, 2012
If you want to keep your college years going (or relive them), the Brass Monkey is the perfect spot to keep living the dream. The multiple bars are all typically packed with a crowd that's ready to down the drinks in their plastic cups, take shots out of plastic cups, and on many nights puke into those plastic cups. One way to look at this is that it's a big drunken mess that you moved past after age 23. The other way to look at it is just like college...people are so drunk that they’re ready to mix, mingle, and likely make out. Since things can get messy here, I suggest wearing clothes and shoes that you’re not worried about messing up – you will very likely get stepped on, spilled on, and sweat on (welcome or unwelcome) at some point while you make your way through the crowd.
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