18th Street Lounge

1212 18th St Nw WashingtonDC20036
Closed
Sunday
9:30pm-2:00am
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
5:30pm-2:00am
Wednesday
5:30pm-2:00am
Thursday
5:30pm-2:00am
Friday
5:30pm-3:00am
Saturday
9:30pm-3:00am
Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
Average Rating
4.5
Total Reviews
(33)
Recommended 0
Not Recommended 0
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Description

Eighteenth Street Lounge does not advertise and there is not much of a sign over the sliver of a door. But despite the lack of marketing, the place is full of beautiful people dancing, singing and drinking. There are two floors of live or DJ-spun tunes. Newcomers should be sure to wear their best threads or risk rejection at the door. The interiors are upscale and antique-looking, with Middle...
by cityseekr on December 18, 2015 from cityseekr

Tips

Save Money:
There is a cover charge on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday starting at 10pm that ranges from $5 to $15--get in early to avoid the fee.
by Citysearch on January 19, 2010 from Citysearch
Where to Sit:
Vie for a spot next to one of three fireplaces in winter, and hit the sizable deck for happy hour in the summer.
by Citysearch on January 19, 2010 from Citysearch

Editorial Reviews

"Show off those dance moves" or sip "pricey" cocktails on "antique sofas" at this "melting pot of DC cool", a Dupont Circle townhouse-turned-lounge whose richly painted walls, candlelight and "beautiful people in beautiful clothes" create a "swanky", "sexy" vibe; true, the place "hasn't changed in 10 years (for better or worse)", but it's still "one of the real treats on Connecticut Avenue";...
by zagat on January 15, 2014 from zagat
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...
by concierge on September 15, 2012 from concierge
This place maintains its "hot" status. First you have to find it, and then you have to convince the bouncer to let you in. So here's what you need to know: Look for the mattress shop south of Dupont Circle, then look up. "ESL" (as those in the know call it) sits above the shop. Wear something exotic and sexy, anything but preppy or jock-ish. If you pass inspection, you may be surprised to find...
by frommers on October 12, 2011 from frommers
Washington music parlor attains cool creds on par with Paris, London, New York. Plush velvet, varnished wood, roaring fireplaces, and effortless style mean you've arrived without even trying. Except you're wearing $500 shoes and your bar tab's not far behind. Famed birthplace of Thievery Corporation who you just might hear live. Devotees gather to worship, eager for whatever strange drum gets...
by blackbookmag on September 16, 2011 from blackbookmag

Information from the business

18th Street Lounge does not advertise and there is not much of a sign over the sliver of a door. But despite the lack of marketing, the place is full of beautiful people dancing, singing and drinking. There are two floors of live or DJ-spun tunes. Newcomers should be sure to wear their best threads or risk rejection at the door. The interiors are upscale and antique-looking, with Middle Eastern...
by yahoolocal on November 27, 2013 from yahoolocal