I’m not entirely sure what an ultra-lounge is but I suppose Spot would fall into this category.  I tend to stay away from the cluster of clubs on 18th Street but the buzz surrounding Spot has been good so far so I figured it was worth a looksee.  Built on the ashes of Andalu in the cluster of clubs on 18th Street, Spot immediately distinguishes itself from its neighbors – how much of that it sustainable only time will tell but in the meantime they have put together a nice little lounge.

Cost – $$

Service – A
Unlike some of the other ultra-lounges in DC, the guys working the front door are extremely friendly.  Immediate bonus points.  Secondly, Carol is quite possibly the coolest bartender in DC (and not hard on the eyes).  More bonus points.  They also enlisted the help of a great promoter in Jamie Hess.

Decor – B
I honestly couldn’t tell you the difference between the decor in Spot and any of the other lounges that have popped up in the past 12-months (with the exception of Josephine, which really does have a unique look).

Feel – A
Drawing a crowd upon launch seems to be the easy part and Spot still has a very fresh vibrance.  What’s more, I think the club’s management has been shrewd in their approach to staffing and promoting the club.  I’m not completely sold on the music (they could do with a top-shelf local DJ) but all the other pieces seem to be in place for Spot to have a healthy, sustainable life.

What’s the Buzz:

July 20, 2009 – Spot Lounge DC (DCSocialite) – So Spot is so new I did not even know it existed.  I actually went there because a guy that lives in my building is the owner.  Spot is located where Andalu used to be which I only went to once or twice.  All I remember about Andalu was that it felt similar to a dungeon.  Well Spot changed this. Full Article

15 Responses to “Spot”

  1. dccityblog July 17, 2009 at 1:23 am #


    I’m not entirely sure what an ultra-lounge is but I suppose Spot would fall into this category.  ..

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  2. washingtonfood July 17, 2009 at 1:38 am # Spot:

    I’m not entirely sure what an ultra-lounge is but I suppos..

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  3. Brandon Green July 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    Glad you enjoyed it–sounds good, but the name doesn’t work for me.

  4. B.Price July 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    You didn’t manage to snap any pictures while you were there did you? I ask because it looks as though they don’t have a website and that building they were in I believe was an Italian restaurant before, right?

  5. admin July 24, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    Hey B,

    Thanks for the comment. We didn’t get any photos this time around but but the website is

  6. Garry the Guido August 27, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    When I went it smelled like urine!
    Also it took 20 minutes to get in and when I got in realized it was an artificial line!
    Only 50 people in the place!
    Stayed long enough to realize I wanted to be somewhere else!
    Won’t go back!

  7. Kat September 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    THIS PLACE WAS DISGUSTING. I am NEVER going there again. The crowd was wack and rowdy. The girl-guy ratio was 4-1, with not a decent guy in sight. Pictures posted on the internet about this place are DECEIVING. The interior was cheap and dingy with pipes exposed and water dripping from the air vents. The bathrooms were tiny and smelled like complete ass.

    The bartenders were extremely rude and wouldn’t let my friend close her tab early in the night. They were very snippy about it and told her that they were “too busy” to do that. Bullshit.

    Not to mention how I was groped by a guy in the VIP section who then tried to get into a fight with MY GIRLFRIENDS… And what did the bouncers do? Hustle US out of the VIP. NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN WHATSOEVER IN THAT ESTABLISHMENT. Really shabby treatment of customers and I really recommend trying one of the other places on the Conn. Ave that doesn’t look as cheap, offers better clientele, and respects their customers.

  8. Jay June 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Has anyone been recently? I wanted to get a feel for how it is now….maybe some info in 2010 would help.


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