Eden in DC

Unlike the past few summers in DC, which witnessed the opening of a number of new club venues that quickly became entrenched in the DC club scene, summer ’10 has been relatively tame by comparison.  With the exception of Buddha Bar, which has drawn mixed reviews, there hadn’t been a major club opening this summer until Eden.  Similar to Current, Eden has been built on the ashes of a once successful venue that began to sputter over the past couple years.  In its heydey, Eyebar was a top-tier venue that drew a young, international crowd.  The Eden ownership group has kept some of the fundamentals that made Eyebar a solid venue and taken it several giant steps forward.  The pièce de résistance is most certainly the rooftop bar, which is sure to drive numbers throughout the summer months.

Cost – $$

Service – B+
The management group has a good sense for how to build a successful venue in DC.  They have brought in some excellent promoters who have been able to draw a young, vibrant crowd.  I have visited the venue twice and both times, it was absolutely packed.  Furthermore, my limited engagement with the staff behind the bar was positive and I see that they have brought in some former Josephine’s talent (never a bad route to go) as well.   I also have to note that my first go-around with the security at the club was less than satisfactory as I couldn’t even make it onto the rooftop initially.  However, it’s still early and they are working the kinks out.  My experience at the door my second time there was a dramatic improvement and that means almost more than them getting it right the first time.

Décor – A-
Structurally, the main floors in Eden retain many of the same elements of Eyebar, albeit refurbished.  As mentioned, the most dramatic point of differentiation is most certainly the rooftop bar that has a South Beach-ish feel to it.  If you find that hard to believe, then at a minimum, I think you could say it is the most impressive rooftop bar in DC.  Ascending from the stairwell out onto the rooftop is an assault on the senses – you’re instantly hit with a mashup of bass, a cacophony of voices, lights and young girls in skimpy outfits.  It’s quite an experience.

Feel – A-
Right now, Eden is benefiting from the luster of newness and drawing hordes of young, DC partygoers.  The successful execution of the rooftop means they will never really have to worry about drawing numbers during the warm months in DC.  Unlike some of it’s contemporaries in the clusters around Dupont and K Street, which can draw by proximity, the question is whether Eden is going to be able to create enough of a name for itself to sustain that crowd through the Winter.  They definitely seem prepared.  Like some of the other larger, destination venues (i.e. Ultrabar), Eden has a multi-floor strategy with varying experiences – almost like packing a few clubs into one building.  Right now, it’s definitely one of the hotter destinations in the District and well worth a visit.

District is located at 1716 I Street, south of Dupont.  For table reservations, contact Wayne Royce at (703) 371-5279.

10 Responses to “Eden in DC”

  1. dccityblog June 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Eden in DC:

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  2. washingtonfood June 26, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

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  3. D July 5, 2010 at 6:35 am #

    If you are going to review DC clubs, you should pay a little more attention to how things work. The bouncers are not their to be friendly to you, hold your hand, nor usher you inside with a smile and a tap on the behind. They are there prevent aggressive or overly hydrated individuals from hurting themselves or others. Also, recognize that clubs do not make money having customers angrily wait in line. Anyone ushered past you, male or female alike, is more than likely to to have a table reserved for bottle service, which is quite different than what one could call “general admission.” Once you learn these things, and work on your punctuation, you will be better equipped to write a legitimate review. Do a little homework on how the club scene works, and pay a little more attention. Best of luck.

  4. Jiyan July 5, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Hey D, I know the bouncers aren’t “their” to be friendly to me but they are there to be professional and I know the difference between professionals and amateurs. I’m guessing by the angry tone in your voice that you must either be the bouncer in question or a friend of the bouncer in question. Don’t worry, we’re planning to go back to the club and provide a more comprehensive review in the next week or so.

  5. pari July 9, 2010 at 7:15 am #


    Ur venue is awesome had fun…I was there on the 4th of July and had some pics taken and am trying to locate them, if u could please point me int he right direction as to where (what site to visit , etc) to view pics…thanx

  6. Jiyan July 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    Hey Pari, you should visit their Web site at http://www.edendc.com/

  7. Jane August 4, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Thanks for the review, was thinking about checking this place out. Are there any other rooftop bars that you know of and recommend?

  8. TONY DAVIS September 14, 2010 at 2:57 am #


  9. Patron November 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm #

    Eden Rooftop is filled with complete asshole bartenders, this place is awful. DO NOT GO HERE.


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