If an EDM fanatic, the genres and culture surrounding dance music are currently literally included in every aspect of our lives. From the mall, to the gym, even the muzak in the elevator as we’re headed into the office in the morning could feature tunes by Krewella, Zedd, Avicii and more. If you’re like me, there are people in your life who are either curious or dismissive of EDM related venues in DC until they inevitably find a song that gets them interested in learning and/or hearing more. Thankfully, if in the DC Metropolitan area at the moment, there a diversity of nightspots that – given the characteristics of the person who’s interested – will entertain them and possibly win them over as new fans of electronic dance music and electronic dance music culture. From U Street to Northeast, Downtown and more, there’s certainly something for everyone.

Person #1
Your boss is in her early 40s and awkwardly stops by your cubicle every time she sees you silently raging to that Dada Life mix. As well, she always brings up raving in high school while listening to Depeche Mode, and she name drops “Voodoo People” by The Prodigy as the song that set off her college parties. Currently, she doesn’t listen to much on the radio, but she definitely scores tickets for Moby whenever he’s in town.

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The best DC nightlife spot for Person #1Send your boss down to U Street Music Hall’s bass heavy black box venue. Though she definitely has seen her fair share of bright lights and glowsticks, she’s going to want to take some time before jumping into the deep end of the EDM pool. Nights when electronica-era acts like techno king Plastikman play, it’s typically a reminder of everything old with a teaspoon of new material. Or, have her check out local DJ/producer and club owner Will Eastman’s Bliss parties. Known for less raging and more vibing, it may become her favorite monthly DC night on the town.

Person #2
So, there’s this woman you see in Zumba class when you walk by that giant glass window that is on the way to the men’s locker room. She never misses a step, looks like she doesn’t mind getting sweaty, and guess what, you have her phone number and you are supposed to be going out on Thursday night. Is there a club in town that can satisfy her funky, percussive dance needs? Of course there is!

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The best DC nightlife spot for Person #2 – Tropicalia’s name matches the vibe of what happens so often in the club. On the corner of 14th and U and built beneath Lost Society and Subway, for what Tropicalia lacks in being particularly eye-catching, it more than compensates for in the heavy Afro-Latino funk vibes of the DJs regularly spinning at the club. Definitely check the calendar for local DJs Mista Selecta and Mane Squeeze keep things drum-heavy and diverse.

Person #3
So, your college roommate is moving into town. He was always a bit off the beaten path, and may enjoy science and a night with Dr. Who on Netflix after a day of working as a web coding specialist over pulse pounding electro rhythms. However, you two haven’t seen each other in five years, and he wants to have “a different night on the town.” It just so happens that the DC area has one of America’s best nightclub experiences for the “non-EDM person.”

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The best DC nightlife spot for Person #3 – Echostage. Between a mammoth LED wall, enormous ground-level dance floor, second-level VIP seating, and a system that is calibrated well enough to allow for music to be loud and not quite grating against the senses. A sensory overload in the best way possible, Echostage is probably an experience in the Nation’s Capital that a non-EDM aficionado would be willing to have over and over again.

Person #4 (and 5)
Your best friend’s mom and dad are in town and they’re certainly known for being the “adventurous” sort. Though appearing very straight laced on the surface, the mother sky-dives, paints and has traveled the world, while the father knows five languages, brews his own beer and does Crossfit. While at dinner, with you and your friend, they want to “let their hair down” and “dance.” Where to take them?

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The best DC nightlife spot for Person #4 (and 5) – To give those crazy lovebirds the night they likely want to have, check out Eighteenth Street Lounge. Eclectic, yet fun, the main room and outdoor patio specialize in all manner of house and disco. For parents looking to bump a bit while dancing cheek to cheek, or maybe feeling something a bit more adventurous, yet house-driven with DC-area legend Sam “The Man” Burns in the back room.

Person #6
The guy who sits next to you on your uptown to downtown Metrobus ride every morning listens to 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar while he sees that your iPOD is filled with Kaskade and Dillon Francis. His girlfriend digs “your music” though, and he needs somewhere to take her where he can hear a bit of things they both like.

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The best DC nightlife spot for Person #6 – Tell your Metrobus buddy that the best bang for his bucks can be found at Ultrabar. Five levels of different types of partying absolutely ensures that from A$AP Rocky to Steve Angello, they’re going to hear a solid mix of everything they both require to have a quality night on the town.

Life in Color “The World’s Largest Paint Party” Presents:

The 2014 Unleash Tour

Washington D.C. – Baltimore

Saturday September 20, 2014

Merriweather Post Pavilion Grounds

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS 

DC:BALT Square FULL Lineup

 

DC nightlife went hard in the paint last year for Life In Color‘s first festival ever! The festival featured a ferris wheel, zip lines, air bungees, gallons of paint, and massive DJ’s including Afrojack, R3hab, and Nicky Romero.

In 2014, its all about the “Unleash Tour”! “The Unleash Tour represents a lifestyle, a culture. Something that allows you to let go of all worries and just be yourself! It symbolizes freedom. There is no need to worry about labels, how you dress, or how you look. We want our fans to come to Life in Color and just be themselves…we want you to UNLEASH with us”

Join us as we transform Merriweather Post Pavilion into a massive paint party on September 20th. We can promise you an unforgettable experience!

“The World’s Largest Paint Party” tours around the world with the biggest names in electronic dance music (EDM), thousands of people, unique aerial acts, contortionists, stilt walkers, fire dancers, and of course……. massive amounts of PAINT!

Formerly known as DayGlow, Life in Color was founded on Florida college campuses in 2006 and quickly gained recognition nationwide as an unparalleled magical experience. “The World’s Largest Paint Party” unites thousands of fans with high-energy music, art, dance, and paint for an unforgettable adventure.

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Summer is well underway and the heat is not the only thing pouring into the city. DC brings some of the biggest names in music, and this summer is no different. Whether you like tailgating in the sun out in Bristow/ various Maryland Pavilions or raging in DC’s nightlife, we have the details on the summer shows you’re looking for!

 

Daddy Yankee

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When: July 18th

Where: Echostage

Echostage.com: GA $58

Daddy Yankee helped coin the term Reggaeton when his singles began to top on the Billboards Top 200 chart. His ability to fuse Latin music with Hip-Hop is a favorite in the Clubbing Nightlife and always gets the party going.

 

MGK

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When: July 25th

Where: Echostage

Echostage.com: GA $29

Machine Gun Kelly is the voice of this generation; his lyrics will attribute not only the party lifestyle in “Wild Boy”, but a deeper side to this artist. That doesn’t mean his ability to hype up any crowd won’t be there; MGK will always bring a show.

 

 Dave Mathews Band

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When: July 26th

Where: Jiffy Lube Live

Ticketmaster: $40- $89

A favorite of all ages, Dave Mathews Band will bring a mix of new and old rock to this performance. It will be a family fun show and maybe bring back some blasts from the past.

 

Wiz Khalifa
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When: July 27th

Where: Jiffy Lube Live

Ticketmaster: $33.50- $94.65

Rapper, Song-writer Wiz Khalifa is performing with Young Jeezy and Tyga in Bristow this July. The pavilion will be well lit at this show.

 

Rascal Flatts

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When: August 2nd

Where: Jiffy Lube Live

Ticketmaster: $25- $255

A country favorite, Rascal Flatts is back again at Jiffy Lube Live for their annual show and a day of tailgating and music.

John Legend

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When: August 5th

Where: Pier Six

Ticketmaster: $50- $105

This 9 time Grammy winner is notable not only for collaborating with other artists but his own #1 chart topping album. 

 

Moonrise Festival

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When: August 9th & 10th

Where: Pimlico Race Course

Moonrise Festival: $125

This two day event will feature four stages hosting a wide range of international, regional, and local EDM talent and live acts as well as visual artists, a vendor village, a Ferris wheel, and of course a massive audio and lighting production bigger and better than any we’ve done before.

 

One Direction

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When: August 11th

Where: Nationals Park

Washington Nationals MLB ticket page: $95+, prices vary for tiers, suites, and packages 

They are back again at Nationals Park by popular demand! These young performers became a global through X Factor, have released multiple chart topping singles and are still on the rise.

 

Linkin Park

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Where: August 13th

When: Jiffy Lube Live

Ticketmaster: $35- $315

Linkin Parks is not just playing throwbacks at this one, their back with the most recent album ‘The Hunting Party’, they will continue to put on one of the best shows with a mix of past and present hits.

 

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon 

When: August 15th

Where: Jiffy Lube Live

Ticketmaster: $29.50- $85

Kings of Leon are an amazing live rock show; with a good mix of American Rock and vocals. With old favorites like “Sex on Fire” and new favorites off their new album “Supersoaker”, definitely check this show out.

 

Jimmy Buffet

Jimmy Buffet 

When: August 16th

Where: Jiffy Lube Live

Ticketmaster: $36- $158

Calling Parrot heads everywhere, Jimmy Buffet is back and timeless. It’s the perfect summer event to attend with a margarita in hand, this country favorite is praised everywhere.

 

J Alvarez

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When: August 21st

Where: Echostage

Echostage.com: GA $23.20

Up and coming Reggaeton artist is bringing the biggest bash to end this summer. He will definitely bring you a hot night at Echostage with his Latin hits.

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

 

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As technology approaches seeming to move at a pace faster than the rotation of the Earth, hiccups occur along the way that have potentially seismic consequences. If a DC club-goer and nightlife fanatic in the DMV, the recent banning of Uber and Lyft in the state of Virginia is one of these unintended consequences of technology moving faster than the laws can change. Sadly, this issue ultimately may affect  how hard you party and how much you go out, with the hurt potentially extending to the income of the very clubs that we enjoy in the DC Metropolitan area. If the state of Virginia cannot solve its issues with the developing ride-sharing economy, the impact on nightlife culture, though not immediate, will be significant.

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The issue for Uber and Lyft is an issue that ride-sharing faces nationwide. Taxi and limousine services are heavily regulated and feature a series of licenses and insurance regulations that Uber and Lyft do not require. Thus, while Uber and Lyft succeed alongside taxis and limousines because they can serve all communities in an efficient, clean and comfortable peer-to-peer manner, they have also in theory been operation unlawfully since starting operation.

As a partygoer, imagine it like this. Say, as a DMV area partier, your favorite style of dance music is drum and bass, and while you like trap and electro, you want more drum and bass in the mix. Since traditional and well-regulated DC nightlife locales aren’t playing what you want to hear, you instead find a very unregulated warehouse rave that plays what you want, how you want it, and oftentimes exactly when you want to hear it, too. Let’s say that said warehouse gets very popular, and government regulators become aware of a) illegal partying, and b) a loss of potential revenue from licensing fees for the space. This is exactly what is happening with Uber and Lyft’s issue with the Virginia state government.

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A statement issued by Lyft to In the Capital regarding the issue said the following: “many of the current regulations surrounding taxis and limos were created before anything like Lyft’s peer-to-peer model was ever imagined, we’re committed to continuing to work with state officials to craft new rules for this new industry. We truly believe that if we approach situations like this positively and collaboratively, we can work together with local leaders to greatly improve transportation access, safety and affordability.”
Of course, in a manner similar to our theoretical DC partying situation, Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner Philip Holcomb replied by saying, “I urge the citizens of Virginia to protect their families by using only companies that appear on DMV’s website as licensed transportation services. If it’s not on the list, it’s not recommended.”

The idea of potentially under or un-insured Uber or Lyft operators being involved in automobile accidents or other criminal incidents while transporting passengers is akin to going to said underground nightclub and being exposed to any great number of illicit activities or structural issues in the space. If the underground venue is not insured or licensed, the partygoer has no means by which to ensure that their legal recourse will be handled in a smooth and efficient manner. Thus, it’s not as if the state of Virginia is telling taxi service users to not use Lyft or Uber because they’re bad, they would prefer that people stick to better regulated means of transportation in the DC area.

Any regular DC nightlife fanatic that lives in Arlington County (or anywhere in Virginia for that matter) could tell countless horror stories about attempting to get back home from popular DC-area clubs like Northeast DC’s Echostage. DC-based cab drivers are fare-driven operators, and while one trip across the Potomac River can be a prosperous trip, it’s arguably much easier to pick up three separated fares (that could easily be worth more) in the same time it takes to cross the river and return to the city. Uber and Lyft’s peer-to-peer model almost assuring a driver service (more likely than not to suburban destnations) allows for a balance to occur in taxi services that actually benefits the existing cab companies who are oftentimes unwilling to transport someone to a relatively far-flung locale at a late – yet potentially high income – hour.

“Uber has been providing Virginians with safe, affordable and reliable transportation options, so the DMV’s actions today are shocking and unexpected,” Uber posted in a statement. However shocking these actions may be, the shock they may cause to DC”s developing nightlife economy may be more significant. If Uber and Lyft are taken offline in Virginia and an agreement is achieved that allows for a breadth and depth of taxi options in the DC Metropolitan area, then it’s likely the most worthwhile option. Just like as in dance music and potential DC partying options, when the underground and mainstream can unite, everyone benefits in the end.

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One of the best DC club events, Ladies Night at Ultrabar features 6 bars, 5 levels, 4 DJs and amazing DC nightlife drink specials!

Beach Party: 7.25.14 at Ultrabar

By Garrett Blakeman in DC Nightlife, Ultrabar DC
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 12:00pm. (Updated: 7/26/14 at 3:18am) Add comments
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Grab your shades, your string bikini, and bring the beach to the club!

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The Masquerade Affair at Ultrabar will be nightlife’s escape to the no-holds-barred party world. Party favors, balloon drops, confetti blasts and live performers will be endless!

World Cup 2014 Kickoff: 6.14.14 at Ultrabar

By Garrett Blakeman in DC Nightlife, Ultrabar DC
Friday, April 4, 2014, 12:00pm. (Updated: 6/16/14 at 10:23am) Add comments
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It’s that time of the year and futbol is in the air! Kickoff the most celebrated week in the world with us this Saturday, as we celebrate your teams journey to the World Cup!

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Don’t spend Memorial Day stuck in traffic on your way to the beach. Get your suit, sandals, tanks and shades. Then make your way over to Ultrabar!

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