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Marx Cafe

Formerly the Trolley, owner Mike Peters has transformed the venue into a thriving neighborhood wine bar and restaurant located in Mount Pleasant. It is also worth mentioning that the venue turns into a nightclub on weekend evenings that provides a great alternative to the chaos in Adams Morgan. Cost – $$ Service – A The […]

The Space DC

The Space is a relatively new venue in DC but a step in an exciting new direction for the area. It has been developed in a 100-year-old carriage house in the Shaw area and was most previously a car repair shop. Now, it is a slick and sophisticated lounge with an upstairs cigar bar as […]

Club Modern

In 2001, Club Modern sprung up from the ashes of Sports Fans, a bar that I knew and tried to avoid when I was at Georgetown. Georgetown had not really seen anything like Modern when it emerged and it continues to buck the trend by not only sustaining – but actually succeeding in an area […]

Café Citron

Café Citron is full of Latin heat. From the moment you walk in, it is obvious that the venue is Latin in every way. The Latin beats blare in your ears, people slug down margaritas and caipirinahs around you, and if you stand in one place for long enough you will start getting bumped around […]

Geisha Lounge

Geisha Lounge is a sushi bar and lounge located in the lower level of an office building very close to the White House. By day and early evening, Geisha Lounge is a hipper than average restaurant but on certain nights, it plays host to various crowds ranging from Latin to Hip Hop depending on the […]

Café Saint-Ex

Music photographer Mike Benson opened Café Saint-Ex in 2003 and it was an immediate hit. Over the past four years, its popularity hasn’t waned although its weekend scene has definitely transitioned a bit. During the evening, Café Saint-Ex is a restaurant that offers contemporary American cuisine and at night, turns into one of the hot-spots […]

Lucky Bar

Lucky Bar is the destination of choice for many seeking out a fun, loud and cheap dive bar. For the most part, Lucky Bar is an institution so you can always find a diverse crowd just hanging out, dancing, playing pool, throwing darts or watching sports. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, soccer fans flock here […]


Josephine currently has the pole position amongst clubs in the K Street area. With its über-exclusive door policy it is something of a departure from typical clubs in the area.  Josephine is actually my favorite club in DC and offers one of the hottest scenes that this area has seen in years. Cost – $$$ […]

Local 16

Local 16 is a lounge/club located in the U Street corridor that has been around since September 2002. For the past few years, it has been one of my favorite venues in the U Street area. It was created with the vision of providing the local U Street denizens with a cool place to hang […]