Indulj visitors soak up the mellow party vibes of nightly musical acts, including the eclectic "psykédélique soul" sounds of Future on Friday nights, and customers are sustained by the innovative southern cuisine emanating from the kitchen. Near the sleek bar, patrons gather on modern, boldly colored furniture and savor reimagined soul-food staples such as catfish nuggets and ground-turkey spring rolls. Those who report to the second floor discover DJ Supa Scotty unleashing his propulsive beats and promises of free hand sanitizer to get the bodies on the dance floor. Indulj keeps meals, music, and table service shaking until 3 a.m. on weekends.
Las Vegas was the main inspiration or Shadow Room, a city the team felt set the bar for hospitality in the nightclub industry. But a carbon-copy of a Vegas club wasn't the endgame here; as CEO Swaptak Das told Metromix, "We wanted to build something that doesn't exist anywhere in the world." And in their K Street club, far from the neon lights of the Vegas Strip, they've certainly upped the ante—Shadow Room is outfitted with novel technologies designed to enhance the clubgoer's experience.
One example: you're on the crowded dance floor. You're warm, and there's nothing but ice cubes left in your drink. You look over to the bar, where there's a crowd waiting to put in their orders. But instead of joining the queue, you take out your cell phone, log into your Shadow Room account, and order (and electronically pay for) a drink. They'll text you when it's ready, and in the meantime, you can just keep dancing.
For those who have reserved tables, the club's Nteract touchscreen table order system takes this idea even further. According to The Washington Post, each table's tablet can be used to "order a drink, request tunes from the DJ, pay a bill or ask a valet to retrieve your car." Though these do-it-all devices would seem to be enough of a draw, tables have loads of other features as well, including HD televisions, digital surround sound, two computers, and Xbox 360.
When not enraptured in the club's digital ambiance, revelers can get back to that aforementioned dance floor, where DJs spin an eclectic mix of hip-hop, house, Top 40, rock, and ironic recordings of fax-machine transmissions.
Dirty Martini keeps spirits high throughout Dupont Circle, welcoming patrons to a setting that "is as much restaurant as it is nightclub," according to Gayot. The doors remain open until as late as 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, which provides plenty of time for guests seeking to unwind with quick bites or celebrate with potent mixed drinks. Using small-batch spirits and seasonal ingredients whenever possible, the bartenders shake, stir, and mix a number of signature cocktails. Small touches such as housemade ginger syrup or rose petals can lend flavorful or aesthetic flourishes to the drinks, although the selection also includes neat pours of everything from single-malt scotches to crystalline vodkas. For the food menu, the chefs also use local and seasonal ingredients to create unconventional interpretations of classic standbys. They flash sauté otherwise traditional shrimp ceviche, and spring rolls brim with braised oxtail. Brazilian-hardwood accents and a wall of whitewashed brickwork lend a hint of rustic spirit to the lounge-like space's modern ambiance. Semicircular banquettes and custom-upholstered booth seating line the main floor's wooden floorboards, catching the light of the cylindrical pendant lamps and lamp-like fixtures. Up a short flight of stairs, the mezzanine level includes a handful of tables and plenty of open space for games of full-contact charades.
French Emperor Napoleon is best remembered as a fighter, but his letters to his wife Josephine show he was also a dedicated lover. The historic correspondence with Her Imperial Majesty was filled with smoldering passion?a passion that the owners of Josephine, a lounge named in her honor, seek to capture at their sleek nightclub. Filled with color-shifting accent lights in harlequin patterns, opulent chandeliers and plush leather benches, and illuminated floral patterns on the front of the bar, the two sprawling rooms seem as elegant as her royal rooms might have been. Despite this elegant look, though, the club is anything but stuffy. Visitors mingle with cocktails and spirits while house, hip hop, and electronic music fills the dance floor and darkened corners nearly every night of the week.
Though they hail from different corners of the world, business partners Aaron McGovern and Arturas Vorobjovas and their shared passion for food begat Russia House. Raised in Lithuania on his father’s traditional Russian recipes, Arturas works with executive chef Andrew LaPorta to pack Russia House’s bill of fare with authentic offerings such as line-caught sturgeon, plump pelmini dumplings, and a selection of caviar. These rich Russian staples grace white tablecloths and elegant place settings inside Russia House's stately interior. Here, mirrors reflect light that bursts through large windows. In the upstairs lounges, plush booths cradle diners and occasional live piano music permeates the airwaves.
Under the gentle light of curvaceous sconces, Tangier Restaurant and Bar's guests can indulge their taste buds with an assortment of Moroccan-inspired tapas and entrees from the menu. In addition to plating fresh pita bread and traditional Moroccan–style lamb sausage, the cooks also stir chickpeas, onions, and raisins into steaming orders of couscous or glaze chicken with a homemade harissa sauce made from hot peppers. To accompany meals, belly dancers occasionally perform in the dining room, traveling between diners' tables with the controlled, fluid grace of an Olympian swimming in a lap pool of maple syrup.