Party Earth Review Part restaurant, part lounge, and part techno dance party, K Street’s Lima Restaurant & Lounge is a near-nightly scene of bumps, grinds, and chichi nibbles. Early in the evening, the after-work Happy Hour crowd tends to... ... read full review
1401 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20533
Orange, Blue Lines: McPherson Square
Restaurant: M–Th 11am–10pm, F 11am–11pm, Sa 5pm–midnight
Lounge/Club: M–Th 10pm–2am, F–Sa 10pm–3:30am, Su (special occasions only) 10pm–2am
DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON, DC –
Part restaurant, part lounge, and part techno dance party, K Street’s Lima Restaurant & Lounge is a near-nightly scene of bumps, grinds, and chichi nibbles.
Early in the evening, the after-work Happy Hour crowd tends to populate the main floor bar, washing off the day with a few mojitos and a wide-screen broadcast of major sporting events.
Up a flight of stairs is the candlelit dining area, where chic couples enjoy diverse Latin fare on red leather couches, or tuck into Lima’s exclusive Vetro lounge, a 1,400-square-foot invite-only private room with its own DJ and a striking stainless steel bar.
As the night picks up, hordes of students, international party-seekers, and sharply dressed young businessmen endure long lines and the occasional cover charge to make their way down a transparent glass staircase to lose themselves – and perhaps find someone else – in the blur of dance music, neon strobe lights, and the sexy singles who are often staples of the downstairs lounge and dance floor.
For fine dining and an even finer clientele, Lima Restaurant and Lounge is a multi-leveled sandwich of sensual tastes and sultry fun.
Upscale, chic international crowd, dance music lovers, and young, foreign jet-setting students, late 20s to 40s, and 18+ on Tuesdays.
DJs spin house, hip-hop, electronica, and reggaeton throughout the week. Check calendar for schedule. Salsa music and free salsa lessons on Mondays.
Large screen projector in main room, usually showing sports. Five projector screens in the Vetro VIP lounge showcase art and landscape photography.
Latin fare like ceviche, empanadas, cashew-cilantro Chilean sea bass, and gaucho steak. Condensed patio-only menu available. Happy Hour M–Tu, Th–F 3–7pm; W 3–9pm.
Cover charge $20 after 11pm, free Monday, Wednesday. Appetizers $4–$16, entrées $10–$29. Beer $5–$7, wine $9–$12/glass or $36–$60/bottle, cocktails $11–$12, bottle service $300+. Valet $6–$20 (cheaper earlier in the evening).
Chic and trendy: Diane von Furstenberg dresses and strappy sandals, funky 7 For All Mankind jeans, sexy BCBG tops, Affliction or John Varvatos t-shirts, Gucci button-downs, Rock and Republic jeans. No flip-flops or extremely casual athletic wear.
Mondays for Latin music lovers, Tuesdays for student nights, Thursdays for the major GLOW dance party, and Fridays and Saturdays for the generalist partier.
Tattoo Bar (1413 K Street NW) is a biker-themed club with a distinctly upscale twist.