The popular nightclub will reopen in Blagden Alley.
After closing at the height of the pandemic, Eighteenth Street Lounge is bouncing back into DC's nightlife scene. Last week, owner Farid Nouri signed a lease for the club's new residence in Blagden Alley, the neighborhood in DC's Shaw district with plans of opening within four to six months. Prior to shuttering last year, the lounge joint had been in business for 25 years in Dupont Circle.
Pandemic restrictions and an inability to settle on a lease with its former landlords were the main factors in closing its doors.
In a statement from Monument Retail, the firm representing Eighteenth Street Lounge, Valerie Mnayarji commented on the challenge of tracking a suitable replacement for the nightclub that would remain relevant to its core demographic as well as within the frame of the city's current housing market. “With its new location, nestled in a vibrant and dynamic community driven by a high-end restaurant scene, ESL will be a revamped version of its original successful concept, capitalizing on the shift towards the eastside of the district."
The revamped lounge will reside in a two-story building at 1230 9th Street NW, which previously housed the French fusion establishment 1230 Restaurant. Within its 5,000 square-foot walls, visitors will find the amenities that have come to define the lounge: a bar space on each floor, a rooftop deck, and designated areas for live music, and DJ sets. New to the mix is a food menu, which Nouri hopes to have prepared by local chefs.
According to Nouri, the building's proximity to similar cocktail bars and restaurants, like the Columbia Room, made the neighborhood an ideal setting for his business.
“Being in Blagden Alley means ESL neighbors complementary establishments, including Michelin-starred restaurants,” Nouri said in a statement. “We were able to identify this location as the most appropriate new space for our updated concept to cater to the demographic that is the base of ESL.”
What do you think of Eighteenth Street Lounge's move into the Shaw neighborhood? Will you grab a drink from them when they open? Sound off in the comments.