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The Scene Bisnow
 
   
September 15, 2008
 
       
 

K STREET
NIGHTS!


 

For that small slice of humanity that doesn't stay up until 3 in the morning trolling the byways of Washington, but has heard there's a whole new club scene out there by night, we thought we'd walk you through it. We start with the K Street corridor. When the sun sets and the lobbyists are fast asleep, comfortably tucked into their brimstone sheets, this now becomes a Mecca for Cristal, house music, and chest hair. These clubs take themselves seriously, even if they charge 300 bucks for a bottle.

 

LOTUS (1420 K ST NW)

 

If you like your parties jam-packed, Lotus is the place for you. Like all of Ibiza shoved into a shoebox, this nightspot likes its music loud and its dance floor crammed—which a lot do, of course, but it's so narrow somehow it seems even more so. The Asian inspired decor is perfect for the sushi bar, so work up an appetite before coming.

 

LIMA (1401 K ST NW)

 

Around for longer than others, and catering to an international crowd, this three-level Lounge feels like the UN General Assembly with house music pumped in. Be sure to bring a Berlitz pocket translator and high-value euros to ensure a good time.

 

TATTOO (1413 K ST NW)

 

As K Street's youngest child going through a rebellious stage, Tattoo courts the rock 'n' roll crowd. The bartenders are dressed like badass, sexy bikers and the d?cor is motorcycle-themed. Think Rock of Love with bottle service. Don't expect pure rock tunes, however, all the songs are meshed with hard techno beats.

 

JOSEPHINE (1008 Vermont NW)

 

We don't know who Josephine is, but she clearly likes her privacy. Unfortunately for her, the unmarked doors still attract massive lines with no guarantee of admittance for those who wait in them. Inside is a large, retro-French chic space with a sunken, rowdy dance floor. Leave grandma at home, stripper poles abound (unless grandma has a Frank Sinatra tatoo on her lower back).


THE PARK AT FOURTEENTH (914 14 St NW)

 

This four-story, hyper-upscale lounge run by the owner of mammoth pioneer Love opened this past year, and packs each wood-paneled floor. Note the opulent glass sculptures that hang precariously above partiers' heads. Take the stairs to shed the lbs needed to fit into those new, worn-in jeans.

 

K STREET LOUNGE (1301 K ST NW)

 

Don't let the name fool you, you'll be hard pressed to find a spot to kick your feet up at this popular nightspot. Leave the top three buttons to your favorite dress shirt at home, shine up your nicest kicks (although they are guaranteed to get scuffed by the roaming and vicious packs of high-heeled college girls), and don't stop spraying your hair until Al Gore makes a movie about you. Groups who spring for tables are sectioned off from the other patrons like quarantined Ebola victims on a regimented Grey Goose drip.

 
 
 
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