El Centro D. F.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 5:39pm. (Updated: 1/28/15 at 1:45pm) Add comments
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El Centro DF, Washington DC

  • Venue Type: Restaurant/Lounge/Tequila Bar
  • Amenities: Full Lunch/Dinner menu, tequila bar, happy hour, rooftop bar, Saturday and Sunday brunch
  • Hours
    • Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
    • Dinner: Monday – Friday: 4:00pm – 11:00pm
      Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
    • Late Night: Thursday: 11:00pm – 2:00 am
      Friday – Saturday: 11:00pm – 3:00am
    • Rooftop: Monday – Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
      Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
    • Happy Hour: 4-7pm Daily (only available at the bar)
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Location: U Street
  • Address: 1819 14th Street Northwest
  • Contact: 202.328.3131
  • Website: www.richardsandoval.com/elcentrodf/

 

Overview

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Enjoy quality Mexican cuisine? Love a lively atmosphere? Do you like tequila? Featured recently in The Washingtonian, Washington City Paper, on ABC 7, and Food Network, this Zagat top-rated bar is a must see. With over 200 different tequilas and mezcals at the ready, El Centro is sure to be the new home of your favorite hang out.

“Chef Richard Sandoval invites you to gather, dine and raise a glass at El Centro, D.F. Authentic Mexican comfort food and fine Tequilas are served in three vibrant spaces.” (from richardsandoval.com/elcentrodf) And let me tell you: Rich knows what he’s doing. Big portions of delicious and perfectly prepared food, paired expertly with a variety of mixed drinks and cocktails.

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All images courtesy of richardsandoval.com/elcentrodf.

The Gryphon

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 4:42pm. (Updated: 1/28/15 at 1:37pm) Add comments
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The Gryphon, Washington DC

  • Venue Type: Restaurant/Lounge, more specifically: a Meat & Raw Bar Social House
  • Amenities: Full menu, full bar, private events, Sunday brunch
  • Hours
    • Tuesday -Friday : 4:00PM to 1:30am
    • Saturday-Sunday: 11:30AM to 1:30am
  • Dress Code: Dressy Casual
  • Location: Dupont Circle
  • Address: 1337 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
  • Contact: 202.827.8980
  • Website: www.thegryphondc.com

 

 

Overview

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The Gryphon, Washington DC

Created by the founders of Lost Society, a swanky steakhouse on 14th and U, The Gryphon promises a new take on socializing and eating. “Just as Lost Society changed the traditional perception of a steakhouse, the Gryphon is designed to change the perception of dining with friends, family and neighbors. ” (from thegryphondc.com)

A self-proclaimed “Social House”, it offers a menu specializing in finely cooked meats and one of DC’s best raw bars. And, as far as nightlife goes, they also offer a wide variety of specialy cocktails and wines in addition to a full bar.

If you want a night to sit back, relax, and enjoy a few high quality drinks with the company of good friends in a comfortable yet modernly stylish atmosphere, The Gryphon is definitely the place for you.

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Images courtesy of thegryphondc.com and yelp.com.

Manor

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 2:36pm. (Updated: 1/28/15 at 1:36pm) Add comments
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Manor, Washington DC

  • Venue Type: Restaurant/Lounge
  • Amenities: Full menu, full bar, private events, Sunday brunch, happy hour, DJs, specialty drinks
  • Hours
    • Restaurant Hours:
      Monday thru Friday: 3pm – 12am
      Saturday: 5pm – 12am
      Sunday: CLOSED
      Sunday Brunch Coming Soon

      Happy Hour, Dinner & Late Bites until 12am

    • Lounge Hours:
      Monday: 10pm – 2am
      Tuesday: 10pm – 2am
      Wednesday: 10pm – 2am
      Thursday: 10pm – 2am
      Friday: 10pm – 3am
      Saturday: 10pm – 3am
      Sunday: CLOSED
  • Dress Code: Dressy Casual
  • Location: Dupont Circle
  • Address: 1327 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Contact: 202.506.7776
  • Website: http://www.themanordc.com/

 

 

Overview

Manor, Washington DC

The Manor DC, located in the heart of Dupont Circle brings glitz, glamour and the most talented DJ’s to cozy up with in your very own loft hideaway.

A Restaurant and Lounge by day that transforms to a modern, sleek nightclub by night.  The Manor is the newest D.C. spot to enjoy lunch, delicious happy-hour specials and dinner later accompanied by your favorite beats and cocktails created by one of DC’s top Mixologists.” (from themanordc.com)

Manor has everything you could ask for in a lounge: Delicious menu, great drinks, cool atmosphere, and a great location (not to mention the awesome view of Connecticut Ave out the 2nd story floor-to-ceiling windows).

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All images courtesy of themanordc.com.

Dining Area
Main Dining Area
  • Venue type: Restaurant/ lounge
  • Amenities: Happy hour, Sunday brunch, Full menu, Happy hour menu, Full bar, Private events, Bottle service.
  • Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11pm- 2 am Friday- Saturday: 10 pm- 3 am
  • Cover charge: None
  • Dress code: Fashionable
  • Age requirement:  21+ on the weekend
  • Location: McPherson Square
  • Address: 1300 I street NW Washington DC 20005
  • Contact: 202-682-9500
  • Website: www.richardsandoval.com/torotorodc/

 

Overview:

Richard Sandoval’s newest DC hotspot is an upscale Latin restaurant serving authentic cuisine during the day, with full bars in both the dining and downstairs lounge areas. Everything in Toro Toro is perfectly Latin themed, from the furnishings to the Day of the Dead bottled beers. Boasting burning amber onyx walls, lush black leather couches, a lit-up bar, glowing orange countertops, and state-of-the art lighting system, Toro Toro creates an ambience of pure elegance.

On the main floor, you can enjoy the quiet, classy atmosphere at the bar, or candle-lit table to unwind from a long day. The happy hour includes reasonably priced and tasty appetizers and cocktails, featuring Latin-inspired dishes such as their chipotle hummus and smoked guacamole.

Located on the bottom level, the 5,000 sqft late night lounge provides an intimate and vibrant setting for guests to dance and converse.VIP tables are placed conveniently by the dance floor with comfy and chic couches for guests. Candles are lit next to plush booths to enhance the intimate ambience. Another notable aspect of this floor is the state-of-the art lighting system, with its beautiful array of bright colors and patterns. The flashing lights are perfectly timed to create a high-energy and sensual vibe on the dancefloor. The beautiful upscale interior is complimented with tasty, Latin-inspired drinks, exceptional service, and uplifting house music.

I would recommend Toro Toro for private events and celebrations. Tables provide an intimate setting for guests to enjoy delicious drinks and for you to have a great time with friends. They also come with excellent service. The VIP hostesses were very attentive and made sure to keep our table stocked throughout the night.

For bottle service specials and rates, call 202.682.9500. Toro Toro is also available for private events.

Written by Roma Moradian and Sana Alloo

 

Toro Toro Bar

VIP Seating

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Upstairs Cocktail Lounge

Mari Vanna

 

  • Venue Type: Restaurant/Lounge
  • Amenities: Full menu, full bar, house-infused vodka, DJ, bottle service, private events, brunch, happy hour
  • Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 1:30am, Saturday: 12:00pm – 2:00am, Sunday: 11:30am – 1:00am
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Age Requirement: 21+ after 9:00pm
  • Location: Farragut North/Dupont Circle
  • Address: 1141 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Contact: 202-783-7777
  • Website: www.marivanna.ru/washington
Venue Overview:

Located close to the Farragut North metro and just outside of Dupont Circle, Mari Vanna is an essential stop for anyone in the DC area. Serving up delicious authentic Russian homestyle cuisine during the day and supplying D.C. with an impressive selection of over 70 house-infused vodka’s by night, Mari Vanna boasts an ambient atmosphere that gives its patrons an eclectic “tea party-meets-grandma’s-house” vibe. The D.C. location is its biggest one yet, and for good reason – this place has a lot to offer.

If you like dancing, good music, great food, and vodka that you don’t need a chaser for, then I would say Mari Vanna is the place for you. The cocktail lounge upstairs is perfect for a night out with friends. It’s got an intimate atmosphere but you’ll never feel like you’re being overcrowded. The crowd stays pretty steady all night, usually a mix of DC natives, tourists, and people from all around the world. Bottle service is available upon request. I would definitely recommend ordering some of their house-infused vodka if you have a group of people with you. Another perk of Mari Vanna is the keys. You can ask the bartender upstairs for a key, which you’ll need on most Monday nights to get in (or be with someone who has one). Bottom line: whether you decide to start or end your night here, going to Mari Vanna is always a good idea.

View their menu here.

Photo Tour:
Store Front

Store Front

First Floor

First Floor

Mezzanine Level

Mezzanine Level

Top Floor Cocktail Lounge

Top Floor Cocktail Lounge

Antonovka Cocktail

Signature Antonovka Cocktail: Russian standard apple liqueur, pear puree and lemon juice, garnished with a slice of granny smith apple

Salo Plate

Salo Plate: A traditional assortment of salt cured pork fatback with onion, garlic, rye toast and Russian mustard

Blinis

Blinis: Homemade Russian style crepes served with salmon caviar or sour cream

 *All images courtesy of Travis Vaughn and Mari Vanna.

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