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Good scene in DC

scootzpsu Nov 18, 2010 06:09 AM

Hi all. I'll be in DC with a group of close friends and we are looking for a restaurant with good food, and a good scene. We are all in our early 30's, and like to have fun. Any suggestions?

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    Raids Nov 18, 2010 12:32 PM

    Another idea: dinner and Birch and Barley, drinks upstairs at Churchkey.

    Or, has anyone ever had the food at Russia House? I've never been to the restaurant, but I like the rest of the place.

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      mjhals Nov 18, 2010 09:58 AM

      I've never been, so I can't personally recommend it, but I've heard good things about LIMA, and I believe it does turn into a lounge/club after hours.

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      1. re: mjhals
        Elyssa Nov 18, 2010 10:43 AM

        There is a restaurant upstairs on the top floor and then bar/lounge/dance club on the bottom 2 floors.

      2. erikschwarz Nov 18, 2010 08:05 AM

        Busboys and Poets, at 14th and V Streets, a short block off the very happening U Street Corridor. Busboys scene is more outstanding than its food, which is not a knock against the latter. See http://www.busboysandpoets.com/

        Busboys & Poets
        2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

        U Street Cafe
        1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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        1. re: erikschwarz
          Elyssa Nov 18, 2010 10:43 AM

          Maybe go to dinner at Cork or Creme first and then head over to Busboys for drinks.

        2. d
          dining with doc Nov 18, 2010 07:00 AM

          cuba libre

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          1. re: dining with doc
            Raids Nov 18, 2010 08:43 AM

            Just wanted to second all four of those suggestions.

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            Elyssa Nov 18, 2010 06:12 AM

            I would check out Masa 14 or Central. Both should fit the bill.

            Masa 14
            1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

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            1. re: Elyssa
              scootzpsu Nov 18, 2010 07:01 AM

              Thanks so much Elyssa. Central looks great. Do you happen to know if either of these places has a good lounge scene as well. In a perfect world, we are looking for a fun restaurant, good scene, and somewhere that we can just stay the night and party at. I know thats asking a bit much, but any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

              1. re: scootzpsu
                Elyssa Nov 18, 2010 07:43 AM

                Central has a bar area with tables and chairs/sofas...but I wouldn't necessarily call it a lounge. Instead you might want to go to PS7. It's a great restaurant with a lively lounge scene (and some of the best drinks in town).

                I also really like the bar area at Poste....you can also take your drinks out to the comfy lobby (it's in a hotel) and hang out there. I don't know if it's as much as a "scene" though. It's still a cool place to hang out.

                PS7 Restaurant
                777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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