Over 20 years since first opening, ESL remains DC's coolest and most exclusive lounge. Housed in a former mansion, the space exudes a laid-back house party vibe (replete with vintage-inspired couches and sparkling chandeliers) that keeps locals coming back. Fair warning: The dress code is notoriously strict, so it's best to leave your flip-flops at home. If you manage to get past the doormen, you'll be treated to top-notch DJs and live bands playing traditional jazz, funk and reggae.
|Venue name:||Eighteenth Street Lounge||Contact:|
1212 18th Street, NW
|Cross street:||between M Street and Jefferson Place|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Thu 5:30pm–2am; Fri 5:30pm–3am; Sat 9:30pm–3am; Sun 9pm–2am|
|Transport:||Farragut North or Dupont Circle Metro|