Welcome to Groupon DC! For our inaugural deal, $10 gets you a $25 voucher to Panache Restaurant at 1725 DeSales St. NW. That's 60% off Panache's extensive tapas menu, delicious drinks, and evening party atmosphere. You're probably thinking, "That sounds great, but I've never bought a car or a computer without first reading the Wikipedia definitions for car and computer—I'm not about to buy a Groupon either without a briefing." Since this is everyone's first Groupon, we'll briefly explain how it works.
How Groupon Works
Groupon is a combination of the words "group" and "coupon". Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of DC: restaurants, spas, theater, events, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power"!
If you want to get the deal, just click "BUY" before the offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people (20 for today's deal) sign up by the end of the day, you'll get a printable gift certificate in your inbox the next morning that you can use whenever you want (well, at least until the deal expires—today's expires on 12/01/09). If not enough people join, no one gets the deal (and you won't be charged), so invite your friends to make sure you get the discount!
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More about Panache
Panache is an intimate small plates restaurant by day and a cozy dance bar by night. Panache's menu features a vast selection of Spanish and Italian small plates. The tapas dining experience (sharing multiple small plates with your table) is great for bonding with new friends, or for getting your money's worth by quickly eating the majority of the tapas and then insisting it's the Spanish way to split the bill. If you happen to prefer slowly savoring the tapas however, try the amandia catalana, a Spanish-style antipasto with chorizo, Genoa salami, mortadella, olives, and imported cheese—it won't disappoint. Or if you’re the selfish type who likes an entree all to yourself, try the blackened Norwegian salmon: pan-seared salmon with Spanish rice, grilled tomato, and jalapeno okra compote. But entree eaters will have a harder time spinning their plates. Unlike normal and oversized plates, you can simultaneously spin one small plate on each of your fingers. Get 11 small plates spinning at once using only your body and the Panache staff will sing you a song and give you another free tapas plate.
After dinner, linger for drinks and dancing. Panache's manager, Chris Chambers, is an experienced mixologist with an array of creative cocktails. The Washington Post listed Panache as an Editor's Pick, complimenting Chambers' Italian ice drink "based around Grey Goose vodka and Limoncello, a lemon-flavored Italian liqueur". Combine Panache's cocktails with the beer and wine selection and there's something for anyone to get nice and loose before the nighttime dance party. From top 40 to classic 90s hits, Panache DJs spin hip-hop, rock, and indie tracks interchangeably like an iPod Shuffle that's on a roll.
If you need to consult more than just Wikipedia entries before purchasing something new, consult Yelp, where Yelpers have given Panache an average four out of five stars, including these rave reviews:
- "As the evening continued the atmosphere switched from restaurant to bar/club. The Saturday night dj played some awesome music. People were dancing and enjoying themselves." - Nathaniel L.
- "BEST Tapas ever in town! everything was delicious i can't even pronouce [sic] half of the dishes. just mouth melting, heavenly experience that you'll end up wanting more and more." - Sue K.
- "This is my favorite tapas place in the city. The calamari is great, and the dipping sauce they provide is outstanding. I've pretty much had all their tapas, another favorite is the petite fillet, it's a miniature version of a great steak served with mashed potatoes." - Annettka P. Get your Groupon!
The golden upholstery of the elegant chairs catches the eye when tucked beside a pristine white tablecloth. Blooms in bright, cheery colors sway in the breeze above a sidewalk patio, and the reflection of tomato-red chairs beams out from the polished bar. The bold hues that decorate Panache Restaurant match the bold flavors of its dishes. A menu of French, Spanish, and Italian tapas captures the stomach's imagination–the sweetness of dates mingles with prosciutto and arugula, crab croquettes rest atop a nest of sweet potatoes, and salsa verde lights up tender fried calamari.