Being outside has been a serious drag this season. All the more reason to explore indoor culture. With the weekend coming up, I recommend dancing! Here are some sweet spots I love. A guaranteed good time and a great way to turn up the heat.
Flash is new to the scene. Located on the corner of Georgia and Florida, you enter through a photo booth and then the dance party really starts. Den of Theives, the latest club opened by Eric Hilton is next door to Marvin and sure to be hot. BUT, If you want tried and true, 18th Street Lounge has 4 rooms and is a mainstay of the DC music scene with a different theme nightly per room as well as live music nightly Tuesday-Saturday. Come here for jazz, funk, reggae, and anything along the way towards house music and other electronic stylings. U street is filled with places to go dancing. The best venue hands down is U St. Music Hall, this DJ owned and operated space, has a world class sound system and intimate environment where you can hear everything from underground and local acts to living legends of the electronic music community. They frequently collaborate with the 9:30 club as well. Speaking of which … 9:30 club has two rooms (one on the side and one underneath) respectively called the Satellite Room and Backbar where you can hear great up and coming local DJ’s playing everything from Wu Tang Clan to Techno (depending the night). Everyone has heard of the Black Cat – one of the foremost live music venues in the DMV area- and there’s a reason for that. In addition to bands, the venue has helped set the stage for a number of longstanding DC dance parties. Genres range from 80s pop to hip hop and everything in-between.
Head to H Street for a night at the Rock and Roll Hotel. While their name may imply otherwise (RNR Hotel is frequently host to massive dance parties). The DJ’s are generally the top of the local supply and music is guaranteed to keep you dancing. They even have a Rock and Roll Spelling Bee on Fridays, code for an epic adult drinking game.