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.