Unencumbered by the usual cover charge or having to answer the bouncer's cryptic riddles, you and a dapperly dressed dance partner will be free to waltz into Josephine and enjoy your choice of beer, wine, and rail drinks (roughly $6–$10) inside this luxuriously legalized speakeasy. Chandeliers drip ornately from the ceiling to eavesdrop on classy, candlelit conversations around mirrored tables, which give you an opportunity to practice your most debonair-looking spit take. Brocaded pillars will help conceal you from the eyes of nosy neighbors and bounty hunters. In between bursts of booty-shaking to the house, hip-hop, and dance music booming from Josephine's sound system, take breaks to lounge languorously on the regally upholstered banquettes that surround the sunken-level dance floor.
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.
Today's Groupon gets you $40 worth of perfectly prepared sushi rolls and drinks for half the price at Current, the Dupont Circle authority on sushi, sake, and electronic music. Current is known as a hip lounge where beautiful people sip sake cocktails and snack on spicy tuna until the wee hours of the morning. The Washington Post says Current is revitalizing nightlife around 18th Street and Connecticut Avenue NW.
Helix Lounge serves wine and champagne by the glass or bottle and deals in cocktailery with a refreshing roster of "Helixers." The Pajama Party ($9), Helix Lounge's signature martini, mixes raspberry vodka with lime juice, Sprite, and champagne. Or cross-pollinate your taste buds with the Curious Bee, a refreshing botanical blend of Hendrick's Gin, St-Germain, fresh lemon, and a touch of honey ($9). Lounge lizards can loaf on plush chairs and soak up evolving mood lighting or repose on the outdoor patio catching remnants of moonbeams.