Party Earth Review Even with six bars and four DJ booths spread over five floors, Ultrabar still isn’t the largest club in the city – but the hundred-deep line of partiers that forms out front every Saturday suggests it may be the most popular... ... read full review
911 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Green, Red, Yellow Lines: Gallery Pl-Chinatown; Blue, Orange, Red Lines: Metro Center
Th 10pm–2am, F–Sa 9pm–3am
Penn Quarter, Washington, DC –
Even with six bars and four DJ booths spread over five floors, Ultrabar still isn’t the largest club in the city – but the hundred-deep line of partiers that forms out front every Saturday suggests it may be the most popular.
Those lucky enough to be waved through the arched entryway find themselves in the high-ceilinged Main Room, where massive strobe lights erupt across the walls and scantily-clad house dancers gyrate in front of billowing fog machines.
Housed inside an old bank building, the modest-sized club still retains evidence of its former life, with stone pillars and elegant chandeliers mixed with reserved tables, a prominent DJ booth, and an elevated catwalk crowded with sweaty revelers.
Everyone from wealthy internationals to college students pack the floor – often to the point where it becomes difficult to dance, forcing many to retreat to the mezzanine with its own bar and private tables.
The modern Bedroom space on the second level features floor-to-ceiling windows that give street-side voyeurs a view of the party, while the oft-private CHROMA lounge on the top floor draws Armani-suited men looking to spoil their ladies on suede couches set beneath sultry, neon-lit walls.
Once the alcohol starts to kick in, dancers in need of a break make the trek down to the basement, where bank vaults-turned-hallways and cushioned alcoves provide space to cozy up with a new love until closing time.
Stylish with just the right touch of exclusivity, Ultrabar guarantees a happening night of dancing with a festive and flirty crowd.
Young professionals, trendy college students, and wealthy international travelers, 18 to mid-30s.
Four DJs on different levels spin a mix of Top 40 and European dance hits. Multiple TVs and projection screens.
No food. Free passes can be printed from venue’s website, though passes do not guarantee admission.
Cover charge $20. Beer $5–$6, wine $9, cocktails $8–$15, bottle service $100–$675, reserved tables $300 minimum. Valet $20 .
Classy and chic: designer jeans, button-downs, tight skirts, cocktail dresses. Dress code: no sports jerseys, tank tops, shorts, tennis shoes, work boots, sandals, or athletic wear. Fashionable attire is required.
Any night for a good crowd, though Saturdays bring in wall-to-wall dancers and divas.
Hip-hop heavy luxury awaits at Lux Lounge (649 New York Avenue).