Dirty Martini keeps spirits high throughout Dupont Circle, welcoming patrons to a setting that "is as much restaurant as it is nightclub," according to Gayot. The doors remain open until as late as 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, which provides plenty of time for guests seeking to unwind with quick bites or celebrate with potent mixed drinks.
Using small-batch spirits and seasonal ingredients whenever possible, the bartenders shake, stir, and mix a number of signature cocktails. Small touches such as housemade ginger syrup or rose petals can lend flavorful or aesthetic flourishes to the drinks, although the selection also includes neat pours of everything from single-malt scotches to crystalline vodkas. For the food menu, the chefs also use local and seasonal ingredients to create unconventional interpretations of classic standbys. They flash sauté otherwise traditional shrimp ceviche, and spring rolls brim with braised oxtail.
Brazilian-hardwood accents and a wall of whitewashed brickwork lend a hint of rustic spirit to the lounge-like space's modern ambiance. Semicircular banquettes and custom-upholstered booth seating line the main floor's wooden floorboards, catching the light of the cylindrical pendant lamps and lamp-like fixtures. Up a short flight of stairs, the mezzanine level includes a handful of tables and plenty of open space for games of full-contact charades.