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.
Teal, purple, and pink lights wash the club in a festive atmosphere, encouraging up to 175 celebrants to drink and dance as a DJ spins tunes in an elevated booth. Depending on the night, visitors to Modern might shimmy to house, hip-hop, rock, or funk as the dance floor fills up. A sunken circular bar winds around a column of bottles, and ottomans provide seating so revelers can catch their breath between dance moves or impassioned speeches about their perfectly mixed drinks. A look around shows chainmail-style curtains that separate the main floor from ivory-hued VIP booths, lending an air of semiprivacy. After getting on the guest list or uttering the entry password, friends can catch up and party until 2:45 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights; other evenings wind down at 1:45 a.m.
Far more than just a lounge, the multifaceted MIA Lounge is a spot that transforms each night. Evolving from a dinner destination and lounge to an energetic club with a colorful, lively dance floor, the interior is awash with colorful flashing lights and thumping music curated by a live DJ. Make a reservation in advance for a booth where bottle service is available, which includes a variety of mixers and a butler statue made out of ice to chip away at.
Red Lounge Bar & Grill’s two levels pulse with energy, both on the dance floors and behind the kitchen doors. There, head chef Marcus DiJon directs a culinary crew as they fold fresh ingredients into classic American appetizers and entrees with international twists, such as the chicken-piccata pasta or the curry shrimp with grits. Out in the lounge, patrons chat over meals in semiprivate booths, order cocktails from one of two bars, and boogie on the wooden floors surrounded by crimson walls. The lounge plays host to many live events throughout the month, including open-mic nights, standup-comedy performances, and regular appearances by the world’s biggest celebrity, air.
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.