Dirty Martini

Bar / Lounge / Restaurant
Dirty Martini A Dupont Circle temple to martinis, Dirty Martini is a Washington, DC restaurant/bar that attracts a classy crowd. Check out this DC spot anytime at Party Earth. Washington, DC United States 38.906625 -77.041494
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Dirty Martini - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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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

  • Hours:

    M–Th 11:30am–2am, F 11:30am–3am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 5pm–2am
    Kitchen closes at 1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Dirty Martini Review

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A Dupont Circle temple to martinis, Dirty Martini is a Washington, DC restaurant/bar that attracts a classy crowd. Check out this DC spot anytime at Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Adriana:

Not that you need an excuse to go here, but you can sign up on the venue’s website to win free Happy Hour drinks for you and your friends. They have a drawing every month.

  • Crowd

    Capitol Hill staffers, trendy graduate students and post-grads, upscale clubbers starting the night, moneyed professionals, and older couples, late 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Several flat-screens alternate between news and sports. Playlist goes heavy on techno remixes of Top 40.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business to trendy: suits, blazers, button-downs, designer jeans, sexy cocktail dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays through Saturdays for a classy Happy Hour or Friday and Saturday nights to pregame upstairs before hitting the nearby clubs.

  • Close By

    Dirty Bar, located on the third floor of Dirty Martini, is a chic cabaret-style nightclub owned by the same folks behind Dirty Martini.

Dirty Martini User Reviews

Average rating:
New Year's Eve, party waste of time and a lot of money
chelsea c. Nov 1, 2013
Me and my fiancé went here recommend by the ritz Carlton of dc. What a horrible recommendation!! We were sat at a small table, cramped, cold, right by the front door. They had a all you can drink party going on. On top of people paying $200 for a three course meal which took forever to get. The food was good, the drinks were good, the service was horrible however. Once we spoke to manager they offered to move us but it was too late because the countdown for the new year had already started and we were ready to go. We have booked a new venue this year that is not the dirty martini. If you are looking for a nice place to enjoy a nice time at this place is not for you unless you are there for standing and the all you can drink party.
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