Eighteenth Street Lounge, Dupont Circle
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202 466 3922
Concierge.com's insider take:
The unmarked entrance, long lines, and strict door policy (women: channel your inner Sienna Miller; men: come with those women) scream exclusivity, but inside, 18th Street Lounge is a pretension-free zone. Make yourself at home on shabby-chic couches lit by roaring fireplaces and ornate candelabra, catch the sunset on the back deck, or chat over a jazz combo in the upstairs lounge. Because it's home base for local DJ act Thievery Corporation, you can expect a mix of trip-hop, acid jazz, and Brazilian beats as well as a good-looking mixed crowd (the bouncer is there for a reason).
Open Tuesdays through Thursdays 5:30 pm to 2 am, Fridays 5:30 pm to 3 am, Saturdays 9:30 pm to 3 am, and Sundays 10 pm to 2 am. Closed Mondays.