Party Earth Review A cavernous upscale temple to its namesake drink, Dirty Martini is popular for everything from a midweek working lunch – liquid or otherwise – to a post-work pre-party, to a classy after-hours soiree. Exposed white brick... ... read full review
1223 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20036
Red Line: Dupont Circle
M–Th 11:30am–2am, F 11:30am–3am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 5pm–2am
Kitchen closes at 1am
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC –
A cavernous upscale temple to its namesake drink, Dirty Martini is popular for everything from a midweek working lunch – liquid or otherwise – to a post-work pre-party, to a classy after-hours soiree.
Exposed white brick, sleek hardwood, and modern Italian furniture provide a classy backdrop for the foreign policy bigwigs and Hill staffers who drop in during the day for bison burgers and seared tuna, while near-daily Happy Hour specials draw trendy grad students and up-and-coming professionals in for some early evening drinks beneath the dramatically high ceilings.
A two-story mirror embossed with the image of a nude woman in a martini glass looms over the main bar area, where a dapper young crowd mixes and mingles as stiletto-clad bachelorette parties take to a massive communal table to split a signature Big Dirty martini – all forty-eight ounces of it.
Newly minted couples, meanwhile, meander up the steel staircase to the more intimate mezzanine, where they can tuck into crescent-shaped booths and flirt over champagne and classic cocktails.
Top 40 remixes transform the upscale eatery into a sophisticated lounge at night, as the Happy Hour crowd makes way for groups of partygoers who like to stop in for a glass or two before heading to the adjoining but distinctly separate Dirty Bar on the third floor, a cabaret-style nightclub under the same ownership.
Whether for relaxed afternoon cocktails or late-night lounging, Dirty Martini is the perfect spot to wash off the day.
Capitol Hill staffers, trendy graduate students and post-grads, upscale clubbers starting the night, moneyed professionals, and older couples, late 20s to late 30s.
Several flat-screens alternate between news and sports. Playlist goes heavy on techno remixes of Top 40.
Italian-American cuisine including flatbreads, burgers, panini, steak, and mussels. Limited late-night menu served Th–Sa 11pm–1am. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.
Bar snacks $8–$12, appetizers $8–$13, entrées $9–$31. Beer $5–$9+, wine $9–$12/glass or $27–$80+/bottle, cocktails $11–$13, spirits $9–$13+, champagne $9–$18/glass or $30–$100+/bottle.
Business to trendy: suits, blazers, button-downs, designer jeans, sexy cocktail dresses.
Mondays through Saturdays for a classy Happy Hour or Friday and Saturday nights to pregame upstairs before hitting the nearby clubs.
Dirty Bar, located on the third floor of Dirty Martini, is a chic cabaret-style nightclub owned by the same folks behind Dirty Martini.