Party Earth Review Little of Eighteenth Street Lounge’s façade would attract the attention of an uninitiated passerby, save for the bouncer who plants himself before its unmarked door or the lines that form beneath the neon glow of a “MATTRESS... ... read full review
1212 18th Street NW
Washington DC, 20036
Red Line: Dupont Circle
Tu–Th 5:30pm–2am, F 5:30pm–3am, Sa 9:30pm–3am, Su 9:30pm–2am
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC –
Little of Eighteenth Street Lounge’s façade would attract the attention of an uninitiated passerby, save for the bouncer who plants himself before its unmarked door or the lines that form beneath the neon glow of a “MATTRESS DISCOUNTS” sign on the adjacent building.
Inside this three-story lounge, however, DC scenesters enjoy a dynamic blend of DJs, brass bands, and live percussionists six nights a week, which draw many a tweed-dressed local deep inside this labyrinthine nineteenth century mansion to bop their heads to the eclectic beats.
Red-carpeted stairs behind the entrance lead to the Main Room, a mellow area of the venue, accented by a warm wooden bar, luxurious dark drapes, and low-lit candelabras, where young professionals sporting blazers and chic dresses sip cocktails and flirt on velvet Victorian couches.
The Main Room also provides access to a simple outdoor deck, where the hip-shaking crowd can cool off at a second bar, while a distinctly international crowd makes their way upstairs to a shadowy, lime-colored enclave for live samba, bossa nova, and jazz acts throughout the week.
A small hallway off the Main Room leads into the Gold Room, where nightly musical acts crank it up under the shimmering glow of gold flecked ceilings and the sparkling hue of bottles behind yet another bar.
With authentic and offbeat jams every bit as cultured as the clientele, Eighteenth Street Lounge is all about the music DC trendsetters love to groove on.
Hip international mix of musicians, fashionistas, artists, trendsetters, and music industry folk, 20s to 40s.
Mix of live bands, percussionists, and DJs spinning mostly hip-hop and house. Reggae Night on Wednesdays, Brazilian Night on Thursdays.
Happy Hour Tu–F 5:30–8pm. Table reservations available W–Sa for groups of up to sixteen. Space available for private events for 50–150 people. Valet parking at neighboring clubs.
Cover charge $5–$10 after 10pm W, F–Sa. Beer $8–$12, wine $8–$12, cocktails $10–$12. Table reservations $275–$575 minimum after 9pm.
Trendy chic: funky Diesel jeans, graphic t-shirts, and button-downs for men, sexy Seven jeans, True Religion tops, and cocktail dresses for women. Dress code: no athletic gear, caps, shorts, or open-toed shoes.
Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowds, Wednesdays for the popular Reggae Night, and Brazilian Night on Thursdays for the most international crowd.
Current Sushi and Lounge (1215 Connecticut Avenue NW), a modern upscale sushi joint, is usually open until at least 2am.