Party Earth Review Though located in a rather obscure part of DC that’s hardly dripping – or even moist – with nightlife options, Fur Nightclub manages to draw in big names and bigger crowds. Sure, patrons will find the requisite aren’t... ... read full review
33 Patterson Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Red Line: New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U
F 10pm–3am, Sa 10pm–4am. Times may vary depending on event
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC –
Though located in a rather obscure part of DC that’s hardly dripping – or even moist – with nightlife options, Fur Nightclub manages to draw in big names and bigger crowds.
Sure, patrons will find the requisite aren’t-you-a-little-old-to-be-here types, but with four dance floors, seven bars, and two mezzanines overlooking the mad revelry – as well as several VIP nooks and a calendar of DJ heavyweights like Armin van Buuren and Tiësto – there’s enough room for electronic fans from skeevy B&T-ers to Georgetown socialites.
Thirty-foot ceilings add even more height to the sunken main room, which is where most guests spend the evening once they get past the doormen/fashion police. Also called the Arena, the space quickly becomes a sea of fist pumps, flashy projection screens, and explosive neon lights as headline DJs take to the raised stage.
House dancers in barely-there attire keep the tight mass of young music lovers enthralled, but dapper Dons looking to impress their dates enjoy an array of quieter choices – many with their own private bar – from elevated sky boxes to glass-enclosed hideaways built to see (through) and be seen.
Guests who need a breather or a puff on a hookah can head to the heated patio that often has its very own DJ.
With so many rooms and room for so many people, Fur Nightclub can be as intimate or crazy as guests want it to be, promising a wide range of debaucherous clubbing options.
Before heading out, check out the website for discounts and/or free passes to the club. The only downside is you have to arrive early because the admission deals usually end by 11pm, so you’ll need to be through the doors by then.
Varies based on the headline DJ, but usually many college-aged clubbers, house/trance/hip-hop fans, DJ followers, moneyed internationals, groups of dolled-up party girls, guys who could probably stand to consult a financial advisor, and the scattered awkward older dude, mostly 18 to late 20s.
Headline DJ on main stage. Additional DJs usually spin on Fridays and Saturdays in various rooms, including on the patio.
Friday music tends to be Top 40, mash-ups, house, club, and hip-hop, while Saturday tends to focus on bigger-name performers spinning everything from techno to trance.
Multiple projection screens, neon light shows, and scantily clad house dancers wearing little more than dental floss.
No food. Hookah services on the heated patio and Mink Lounge. Several private rooms. 18+ most nights, though special events can be 21+.
Cover charge $20–$50. Beer $4–$6, cocktails $10–$15. Bottle service $300+. Hookah rental $20+. Coat check $5. Valet $20+.
Classy yet risqué: button-downs, collars, blazers, cocktail dresses, tight skirts, pumps.
No boots, tennis shoes, sneakers, hats or headgear of any kind, baggy clothing, long shirts, white t-shirts, logos, labels, hoods, athletic wear, jerseys, tank tops, camo, ripped or torn clothing.
The club is only open two nights a week, but Saturdays almost always see the venue near its 2,500 capacity as world-renowned DJs take the stage.
Right around the corner is Ibiza DC Nightclub (1222 1st Street NE), another megaclub that caters to a mix of 18+ and VIPs and is especially known for its nightly events.