Cost – $$
Service – B+
It was a little amusing that the doorman thought I was trying to BS my way into their soft opening by saying I write about the DC nightlife. That being said he still let us in without a problem and so that was a plus. Upstairs, we got served without much difficulty and the bartender was pretty cool. Later, some chubby Patrick Bateman wannabe was getting a little overbearing and there was almost an altercation but the Current staffer came and handled the situation with relative aplomb.
Food – ?
Decor – B+
It looks like they have modernized the look and feel of the venue a bit although I always dug the simplicity of Dragonfly. They’ve tried to glitz it up a bit and give it a more high-end feel. The bar has flip-flopped to the other side of the upstairs area and they’ve added tables for bottle service. Generally speaking, it has a pretty slick, contemporary feel.
Feel – B+
Current has certainly jumped on the high-end bandwagon that seems to be emerging in the DC nightlife scene. Dragonfly had a unique personality and a defined character and may have been a bit more laid back – You knew that you were going to get good service and a laid-back fairly attractive crowd. Ultimately, the question for Current will be whether they can create a solid and loyal following like their predecessor. I’d say they are off to a solid start and we’ll be watching them with interest as they begin to try and stake their claim in Dupont Circle.
Current is located at 1215 Connecticut Ave. NW.