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.
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.
When it first opened in March of 2001, Tsunami Sushi & Lounge was on the vanguard of local businesses and shops to settle and thrive in the 14th street corridor near Thomas Circle. Today, the ultramodern lounge relishes in its place as a nerve center for nightlife, treating guests to fresh maki and nigiri, as well as lip-smacking udon, steak, and tempura dishes. Strings of sparkling crystal globes form huge overhanging chandeliers that cast twinkling light upon brick walls, eggshell-white armchairs, and black leather benches. Guests follow a glass-lined staircase up to the restaurant's second story, gazing out upon the bustling streetscapes and poorly hidden bald spots on the sidewalk below.
Pulsing rhythms and potent cocktails energize the long, narrow space inside Bar 7, keeping crowds entertained until as late as 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Surrounded by a sleek combination of brick walls and flat-screen TVs playing muted CSPAN coverage, DJs keep patrons' hips swaying and toes tapping with infectious dance beats. Meanwhile, bartenders stay busy by mixing complex cocktails such as the Lemon Skittle Sorbet and Diddy's Peach made with Cîroc peach. The kitchen crew then sates drink- and dance-fueled appetites with plates of hearty comfort food, including crab cakes with homemade rémoulade sauce and pan-seared shrimp with a jalapeño-spiked honey sauce.