Party Earth Review A great alternative to the fast-paced vibe of many nearby bars and clubs, Black Fox Lounge is a dimly-lit den perfect for rounds of cocktails, live music, and relaxed conversation. The jazz-loving regulars seem to fit... ... read full review
1723 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
Red Line: Dupont Circle
M–Th, Su 4pm–1:30am, F–Sa 4pm–2:30am
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC –
A great alternative to the fast-paced vibe of many nearby bars and clubs, Black Fox Lounge is a dimly-lit den perfect for rounds of cocktails, live music, and relaxed conversation.
The jazz-loving regulars seem to fit right in with the venue’s vintage hotel feel, accentuated by deep chocolate leather sofas and a massive mural of the English countryside, all salvaged from the historic Jefferson and Watergate Hotels.
A marble bar lined with high-backed chairs in the narrow main room is a popular hangout for a low-key after-work crowd looking to relax with signature cocktails like the Black Fox – a mix of Sazerac, crème de cacao, and orange bitters – or the mix of sparkling wine and premium sake known as the Hootchie Poochie, while a nook in the front room frequently hosts live acts ranging from contemporary jazz to Latin acoustic.
A smaller and slightly louder downstairs space takes on more of a saloon feel and features a second bar, a baby grand piano, and white brick walls hung with modern art.
Music lovers and sophisticated groups of friends settle in around the stage to enjoy more performances, while those with the urge to groove are welcome to do so in whatever space they can find among the leather banquettes.
Crafted cocktails, a near-nightly live music lineup, and a refined atmosphere make Black Fox Lounge the perfect place to kick off a night or settle in for a long mellow haul.
Jazz lovers, sophisticated couples, smartly-dressed Dupont locals, and anyone looking for a bar where they can talk and enjoy live music at the same time, late 20s to 40s+.
Live jazz, folk, blues, or guitar music almost nightly, with some nights dedicated to showtunes on the piano.
Occasional open mic and karaoke nights. TV on main floor tuned to Jazz Music Channel.
Continental menu with soups, salads, light entrées, and desserts. Food service ends an hour before closing. Taxi voucher available with valid taxi receipt for up to $10 off check. Happy Hour daily 4–7pm.
No cover charge. Soups and salads $5–$7, entrées $11–$15, desserts $8.
Beer $5–$12, wine $7–$10/glass or $24–$44/bottle, cocktails $7–$12, aperitifs $7–$25, champagne $32–$149/bottle.
Upscale casual: nice jeans, polo shirts, button-downs, khakis, sundresses, cocktail attire.
Any night there’s a live music performance of interest, weekdays for the most relaxed crowd, and Friday and Saturday nights for different live music on each floor.
Darlington House Cantina Pub (1610 20th Street NW) offers a similar elegant and mellow atmosphere and a wide selection of organic wines and food.