Party Earth Review Inside the sparsely-decorated and industrial-sized space that makes up Masa 14, flocks of trendy urbanites gather to enjoy small plates, late nights, and bottomless brunches. A brick wall lined with rows of empty tequila... ... read full review
1825 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
M–Th 5pm–2am, F 5pm–3am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am
U Street Corridor, Washington, DC –
Inside the sparsely-decorated and industrial-sized space that makes up Masa 14, flocks of trendy urbanites gather to enjoy small plates, late nights, and bottomless brunches.
A brick wall lined with rows of empty tequila bottles near the entrance highlights the venue’s minimalist vibe, and simple veneer tables fill most of the spacious dining room.
During Happy Hour, buttoned-down professionals grab a spot at the sixty-foot polished stone bar to sample four-dollar specials or check the scores on one of three overhead flat-screens, while boisterous groups share rounds of mojitos and seafood appetizers at a long leather bench nearby and smaller gatherings opt for one of several backlit nooks across the room.
On Friday and Saturday nights – once the dinner crowd has had its fill of Latin- and Asian-inspired tapas like tuna sashimi flatbread and teriyaki chicken wings – a DJ kicks off a lineup of house and electronica that brings the international crowd of manicured men and chic party girls to its feet.
Though packed most nights with stylish diners and drinkers, the venue’s unlimited brunch on the weekends is also hugely popular, and includes all the Benedicts and mimosas needed to keep the most horrible hangovers at bay.
Day or night, Masa 14’s intricate bites and sweet cocktails are sure to have even the most demanding palate asking for mas…at least thirteen more times.
Sophisticated young professionals, well-dressed groups of girls, pre-clubbing crowd, and adventurous eaters, mid-20s to early 40s.
DJs spin mostly house and electronica on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm. Three televisions behind the bar tuned to sports or news.
Small plates with Mexican and Asian influences, including temaki sushi hand rolls and grilled chicken liver arepas. Three to four plates per person recommended. Happy Hour M–F 5–7pm.
Brunch menu $7–$35, sushi hand rolls $5–$6, salads, soups, and ceviche $7–$11, sides $4–$6, entrées $6–$13.
Beer $6–$8, wine and sake $7–$18/glass or $26–$80+/bottle, cocktails $7–$12, tequila $14–$20/glass or $360+/bottle.
Trendy casual to upscale: designer jeans, leggings, fitted v-necks, cocktail dresses, and business attire.
Happy Hour Monday through Friday for a popular way to sample the menu on a budget, Fridays and Saturdays for a packed nightlife scene three-deep to the bar, and weekends for a prix fixe brunch of unlimited food and drink.
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