Cost – $$$
Service – B+
The door policy at Josephine has been something of a debated topic (see the conversation below). They definitely have a more exclusive door policy than most other clubs in the area and this rubs some people the wrong way. The filter does result in a pretty good crowd once you do get in. Once you are in the staff couldn’t be friendlier and it certainly doesn’t hurt that every single waitress in the venue is a hottie and Jill, the beautiful blonde who is often at the front door, is one of the stars in the DC nightlife industry.
Decor – A-
The interior of Josephine is pretty cool. I heard some people refer to it as ‘bland’ but I sort of like it. Fritz Hahn from the Washington Post refers to it as “retro-chic French” and I believe that is fairly accurate. The space is actually fairly substantial and accommodates several different areas with different feels.
Feel – A
Josephine has managed to bring something completely new to the DC area and I commend them for that. I know that many people have a problem with their door policy but they should ante up with their friends and buy a table or find some other way to get on the list. Exclusivity equals a hotter crowd. If you want a laid-back experience with no guff at the door then go to Marvin or Eighteenth Street Lounge. If you want hot girls, expensive drinks and a sexy ambiance – then figure out how to get into Josephine.