Party Earth Review Policy is a bi-level venue that might also be called bipolar: offering patrons a laid-back restaurant and mixology spot downstairs and a loud, graffiti-laden lounge above. The Love Dining Room is an intimate take on the... ... read full review
1904 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Restaurant: M 5–10pm, Tu–Th 5–11pm, F–Sa 5pm–midnight, Su 11am–3pm
Bar/Lounge: M–Th 5pm–1am, F–Sa 5pm–2am
U Street Corridor, Washington, DC –
Policy is a bi-level venue that might also be called bipolar: offering patrons a laid-back restaurant and mixology spot downstairs and a loud, graffiti-laden lounge above.
The Love Dining Room is an intimate take on the American diner, with red vinyl booths and Formica tabletops where young professionals and couples cozy up with the restaurant’s small, shareable plate format, and sample items like hand cut fries and sausage stuffed calamari.
A long mahogany bar draws beer enthusiasts perusing the menu of over forty drafts and large format brews, while mixologists employ an arsenal of house-made bitters and syrups to craft a range of throwback cocktails like lychee mojitos and honey-infused champagne.
Work-week revelers looking for a bit more action can make their way upstairs, past the towering pop art prints and into the Liberty Lounge, whose incongruous décor of exposed pipes and ornate chandeliers gives the space a shabby-chic party vibe.
While a patio overlooking T Street offers guests a break and some fresh air, most partiers prefer the energetic action on the dance floor, where an upbeat crowd of young professionals and students writhe to the DJ’s mix of Top 40 and 90s R&B.
Whether settling in for the succulent food and cocktails below or the riotous grooves above, Policy patrons are in for a dichotomy of sensual experiences.
Neighborhood locals, young professionals, and students, 20s to 30s.
DJs in the upstairs lounge. Wine Wednesdays featuring half-priced bottles. Three TVs usually tuned to sports or cooking shows.
Full menu featuring small plates of vegetarian items, seafood, and meat. Extensive wine and beer lists. Happy Hour all night Monday at the bar, Tu–F 5–8pm, Sa 5–7pm. Late-night Happy Hour in the Liberty Lounge Th 9pm–1am.
Brunch menu $7–$13, small plates $4–$16. Beer $4–$35, wine $8–$18/glass or $30–$100/bottle, cocktails $11.
Nice casual: button-downs, jeans, comfortable dresses, fashionable tops.
Any time Thursday through Saturday, Wine Wednesdays for half-price bottles, and Mondays for the all-night Happy Hour.
Utopia Bar & Grill (1418 U Street NW) has a long list of deliciously-sweet martinis, eclectic art on the walls, and live local jazz Wednesday through Sunday.