Party Earth Review Established by a former fraternity social director from Villanova University – principally as a means to congregate with a few hundred of his closest friends – Smith Point has grown into an exclusive bar that caters to... ... read full review
1338 Wisconsin Avenue
Washington, DC 20007
Frequently open other days for special events
Georgetown, Washington, DC –
Established by a former fraternity social director from Villanova University – principally as a means to congregate with a few hundred of his closest friends – Smith Point has grown into an exclusive bar that caters to privileged post-grads looking to unabashedly relive their college days.
Patrons must be on the guest list to descend into this subterranean frat house after 10:30pm – a list that has become a solid sampling of successful young DC professionals looking to cut loose after a long day.
The furniture is funky, the drinks come in plastic cups, and the décor is limited to a few pictures of Nantucket sailboats, but the crowd is preppy, prettied up, and ready to (Republican) party.
DJs spin loud mash-ups, Top 40, and house music near the rear dance floor, where gentlemen loosen their buttons and Southern belles shake their hips late into the night.
Two bars keep the cocktails flowing, while a pair of patios – accessed through a plastic curtain one normally finds in a meat locker – provides a slight reprieve from the raucous scene.
It’s a safe bet that many of its khakied clients lean to the right of the political spectrum, but at Smith Point, moderation is liberally left at the door.
Ivy leaguers, post-grads, former sorority and fraternity members, and young professionals, mid-20s to mid-30s.
DJ spinning mostly mash-ups, Top 40, and house.
Full menu of American cuisine available in the restaurant on the ground floor but not normally in the bar below. Non-members must be accompanied by a member.
Cover charge $5/non-members. Beer $5–$6, wine $9–$10/glass, cocktails $7–$10, champagne $30–$40/bottle.
Upscale and country-club preppy: polos, khakis, business attire, cocktail dresses.
When the list says so.
Rhino Bar & Pumphouse (3295 M Street NW) is a nearby sports bar and Georgetown University hotspot that draws a slightly younger crowd.