A lounge, with its sophisticated yet inviting atmosphere, is the ideal setting for springing the news of your decision to pursue a career in interpretive dance. With today's Groupon, break the news to your BF, GF, BFF, or FDR at Lounge 201 in Capitol Hill. For $10, you get $25 worth of eats and sips at the comfortably swanky lounge that was named an editor's pick by the Washingtonian.
Inside the comforting confines of Lounge 201 lies a cozy escape from the traditional bar scene. The social atmosphere is constantly abuzz, without becoming unbearably loud or conversationally intrusive. Large leather booths line the walls for ample chatting space, while a central bar creates a focal point for the eyes and an irresistible draw to bar hummingbirds, the classier cousins of bar flies. A formidable drink list includes wines (glass pours $8–$11), specialty martinis ($9–$13), specialty cocktails ($9.50–$11), and beers of the micro and macro varieties. All spirits are brand name or top shelf, unfortunate for purveyors of Sleeping Gerbil brand vodka, but fortunate for everyone else.
A simple but effective menu of edibles features a number of New American tapas and selection of flatbreads. Tapas are between $6 and $11 (save for the $15.75 cheeseboard) and include such sharable bites as two crab sliders with remoulade and romaine ($10), black-bean hummus with ancho chile cème fraiche and tortillas ($6), and New Zealand lamb lollipops with cucumber yogurt and lemon confit ($11). Flatbreads are $13 apiece and range in toppings from plain cheese to the New Orleans with trinity, andouille sausage, Creole sauce, and shrimp.
You can put 10 Groupons toward a private event booked and contracted in advance. For $100, you would get $250 off, provided you have at least 30 guests and are planning to spend at least $1,000.
The Washington Post lists Lounge 201 as an editors' pick:
- Capitol Hill has plenty of bars packed with interns and low-paid staffers seeking cheap beer at happy hour. For something a little more refined, there's Lounge 201, a swanky Senate-side hideaway with fishbowl-sized martinis, pool tables, a sweeping bar and large leather booths. – Fritz Hahn
The 201 Bar
When the owners of Lounge 201 decided to revamp their business, they wanted to move toward something that looked more like a “modern tavern.” Their efforts yielded The 201 Bar, which has more than 50 bottles of craft beer, 30 bottles of small batch wine, and bartenders who mix cocktails by hand. The drinks complement a mix of seafood dishes and delightfully referential sandwiches such as the Elvis’ Peanut Butter Sandwich with bananas and bacon. The spirit of the old business wasn’t abandoned altogether, however. The best parts are still in tact, such as the private rooms available for all manner of party, gathering, or celebration.