Party Earth Review Built at a cost exceeding ten million dollars, Buddha Bar DC is the eighth incarnation of the Buddha chain, and boasts the same signature elements of its predecessors – namely, massive capacity, lavish wooden chandeliers... ... read full review
455 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
Green, Red, Yellow Lines: Gallery Pl-Chinatown; Green, Yellow Lines: Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center
Restaurant: M–F 11:30am–2:30pm, M–Tu 5:30–11pm, W–Th, Su 5:30pm–midnight, F–Sa 5:30–1am
Bar and Lounge: M–Tu 5:30pm–midnight, W–Th, Su 5:30pm–2am, F–Sa 5:30pm–3am
Chinatown, Washington, DC –
Built at a cost exceeding ten million dollars, Buddha Bar DC is the eighth incarnation of the Buddha chain, and boasts the same signature elements of its predecessors – namely, massive capacity, lavish wooden chandeliers, wall-to-wall mosaics, and, of course, an eighteen-foot Buddha statue to oversee it all.
Soft orange lighting and an immense dragon painting set off the small bar near the entrance, where upscale professionals gather for after-work drinks, while well-dressed socialites and couples prefer to settle in with their sushi and saketinis in the larger lounge area decked out in comfy mahogany furnishings.
Just past the elevated white pulpit of the DJ, who shows up every night to spin European house music, lies the dining area, whose giant statue and twenty-two foot floor-to-ceiling curtains form a backdrop for the successful business people and younger finance types chatting over baked sea scallops or the more elaborate tasting menu.
When it comes to food and décor, subtlety is not the goal here, and Buddha Bar tends to draw an eclectic mix of DC’s finest – or at least its “most enlightened.”
Socialites, fashionistas, and young professionals, mid 20s to 40s.
Nightly DJ spins European house music and lounge music with an Indian/Asian influence. Sunday’s alternative night features an LGBT theme.
Asian-inspired menu including a full sushi bar. Happy Hour M–Th 4–8pm and 11pm–close.
Appetizers $5–$15, sushi $3–$18, entrées $24–$49. Beer $5–$6, wine $9–$15, cocktails $11–$12. Valet $10 before 8:30pm, $20 thereafter.
Nice casual to dressy: jeans and nice t-shirts or fashionable dresses for women, jeans and button-downs or suits for guys. Dress code: no sneakers, tennis shoes, shorts, sportswear, or flip-flops.
Fridays and Saturdays after 11pm for a good crowd of young professionals.
Ultrabar (911 F Street Northwest) is a dress-to-impress nightclub just a few blocks away.