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
1415 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Red Line: Dupont Circle; Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
W–Th 8pm–2am, F–Sa 9pm–3am
Logan Circle, Washington, DC –
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.
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.
Music-loving young professionals, couples, birthday groups, and older regulars, late 20s to early 40s.
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.”
Cover charge $10. Beer $5–$7, cocktails $6–$9. Credit card minimum $20. Coat check $3.
Nice casual to dressy but comfortable: loose jeans and button-downs, shorts, nice tops, suits, cocktail dresses, heels ready to kick off for dancing.
Friday and Saturday nights for Doc Blues and the Out of Town Band.
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.