New Vegas Lounge

Bar / Live Music Venue
New Vegas Lounge A live music institution since the 1970s, New Vegas Lounge has little to do with Sin City and a whole lot to do with loud and authentic Motown, rhythm, and blues. Washington, DC United States 38.909791 -77.032603
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New Vegas Lounge - Bar | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review A live music institution since the 1970s, New Vegas Lounge has little to do with Sin City and a whole lot to do with loud and authentic Motown, rhythm, and blues. Young professionals and couples who squeeze past the narrow... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Red Line: Dupont Circle; Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

  • Phone:

    202–483–3971

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    W–Th 8pm–2am, F–Sa 9pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth New Vegas Lounge Review

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A live music institution since the 1970s, New Vegas Lounge has little to do with Sin City and a whole lot to do with loud and authentic Motown, rhythm, and blues.

A live music institution since the 1970s, New Vegas Lounge has little to do with Sin City and a whole lot to do with loud and authentic Motown, rhythm, and blues.

Young professionals and couples who squeeze past the narrow entrance immediately hit the hardwood dance floor, where they groove to a playlist covering everything from James Brown to KC and the Sunshine Band.

Live performances by the venue’s flagship orchestra – the seven-piece Doc Blues and the Out of Town Band – invite ravishing girls to strike the tambourine next to the elevated glass block stage, as date-nighters lock arms and sing along.

Giant industrial fans keep the sweaty revelers cool, while a blinding Heineken sign behind the free-standing bar illuminates tables and chairs left mostly empty as everyone flocks to the dance floor.

Simple and sparse in décor – the better to leave more room for movement – the bar makes do with a few photos of Jimi Hendrix and James Brown tacked to the black tin ceiling between colorful spotlights.

Perfect for a loud taste of some old favorites, New Vegas Lounge delivers wailing rifts and a dynamic dancing crowd.

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Tip from Emma:

This place gets packed later in the night, when it becomes nearly impossible to get a drink without fighting through the crowd. If you don’t want to battle for a beer, stake out a spot on the dance floor near the main bar. Or, better yet, just forget about drinking and dance, dance, dance.

  • Crowd

    Music-loving young professionals, couples, birthday groups, and older regulars, late 20s to early 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live Motown, rhythm and blues every night. The Out of Town Band performs Fridays and Saturdays, covering hit songs from Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $10. Beer $5–$7, cocktails $6–$9. Credit card minimum $20. Coat check $3.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual to dressy but comfortable: loose jeans and button-downs, shorts, nice tops, suits, cocktail dresses, heels ready to kick off for dancing.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for Doc Blues and the Out of Town Band.

  • Close By

    Commissary (1443 P Street NW) is a café lounge featuring plenty of couches and booths to settle into for all-day drinking or a quick dinner before heading out to dance.

New Vegas Lounge User Reviews

Average rating:
Get Down and Dirty
Danny M. Sep 19, 2012
This place is kind of a s*ithole but the live music here is awesome. If you like dancing to motown, R&B, blues, and soul music then you’ve come to the right spot. You can wear your ‘nice clothes’ but it’s not necessary – people come here to drink up and get down and dirty on the dance floor – be ready to sweat. The stage and dance floor dominate the bulk of the space with some tables and chairs for people to chill at as well. Unfortunately there is only one tiny bar area that makes getting drinks a pretty time consuming process – I suggest getting multiple drinks per person each time you can actually find your way to the bar. This is also a great date spot if you want to impress your date with your dance moves (or embarrass yourself)…regardless, you’re in for a fun night.
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