Party Earth Review With a prime location on the rim of the most famous circle in the District, CIRCA at Dupont offers nearby business professionals an excuse to sneak in a fancy cocktail at lunch – or stick around for the evening throngs... ... read full review
1601 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
Red Line: Dupont Circle
M–Th 11am–1am, F 11am–2am, Sa 10am–2am, Su 10am–11pm
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC –
With a prime location on the rim of the most famous circle in the District, CIRCA at Dupont offers nearby business professionals an excuse to sneak in a fancy cocktail at lunch – or stick around for the evening throngs of well-to-do singles that call this neighborhood home.
During the week, the suit and tie crowd tends to fill the seats at the marble-top bar where they can catch the game over a few pomegranate martinis, as groups of cosmopolitan tourists and trendy friends take over the cozy, earth-toned dining area to snack on filet mignon sliders and lobster ravioli.
A long, communal high-top table in the center and a row of leather chairs along the narrow windows offer ample space for attractive singles to mingle and flirt, while the patio out front provides a good vantage point for watching the bustling Dupont scene.
Weekends, meanwhile, bring a brunch crowd looking to cure hangovers with a few pounds from a Red Hammer – the restaurant’s specialty Bloody Mary made with horseradish-infused vodka.
Sporting a sleek décor and comfy lounge atmosphere, CIRCA is a welcoming neighborhood bar perfect for relaxing, drinking, and exchanging numbers.
Trendy young professionals and tourists, well-to-do singles, relaxed couples, and groups of girls who brunch, mid-20s to mid-30s+.
Ambient instrumental music by day, slightly louder Top 40 and hip-hop by night. Three flat-screen TVs tuned to sports.
Café menu featuring small plates, cheeses, pizzas, sandwiches, and brunches till 4pm.
Diverse dinner menu includes New York strip steak, jambalaya, and over-roasted chicken. Happy Hour Monday–Thursday 4–7pm.
Brunch $5.50–$20, small plates $9–$15, salads and sandwiches $7–$18, pizzas $10–$14, entrées $18–$24.
Beer $5–$10, wine $7–$10/glass or $33–$350/bottle, cocktails $5–$11.
Business casual to trendy: button-downs, slacks, pencil skirts, blouses, skinny jeans, trendy tops.
Friday and Saturday nights for the posh in-crowd singles scene.
Just around the corner is Bar Dupont (1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW), an upscale cocktail lounge catering to young professionals.