CLOSED: Buddha Bar DC

By admin in DC Nightlife
Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 4:38pm. (Updated: 1/23/15 at 4:20pm) Add comments

ATTN: Unfortunately, this venue is no longer open.

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  • Venue Type: Restaurant/Lounge
  • Estimated Size: 300+
  • Amenities: Large Saki and Signature Drink Menus; Complimentary lounge setting, Giant Buddha
  • Cover Charge: None
  • Hours: Lunch:
    M-F 11:30 – 2:30
    Dinner, Nightlife:
    M/Tu 5:30 – 11, 12
    W/Th: 5:30 – 12, 2
    F/Sa: 5:30 – 1, 3
    Su: 5:30 -12, 2
  • Dress Code: Clean and Stylish
  • Age Requirement: 21+ to drink
  • Neighborhood: Gallery Place – Chinatown
  • Address: 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001. (202) 377 5555
  • Website:
  • Atmosphere: The Buddha Bar chain is famous for its intimately lit, posh interiors. Patrons tend to be an upscale 25-45 more akin to sitting with friends than mingling at the bar or dancing. There are plenty of table/lounge areas with couches. A dance floor exists where the lounge, dinner and bar areas meet but is not a focus. The first time you walk into Buddha Bar you will be blown away by its eclectic elegance.
Venue Overview

The Buddha Bar chain is famous for its posh interiors inspired by Asian Temple, Portuguese Estate and Santa Fe influences with colonial style mahogany furniture. The décor consists of Chinese and Japanese artifacts, magic lanterns, elegant chandeliers and light fixtures housed under high ceilings in a large, airy room. In the back sits a giant Buddha, the signature of every Buddha Bar.

Each zone is meant to instill a feeling of weightlessness. Buddha Bar is lit as perfect as a lounge can be with its amber shading. The wood panels, ancient vases, oriental statues, mosaic, golden fabric and lacquer wood add to the prestige.

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Gorgeous decor, dimly lit and an intimate ambiance, Buddha Bar is geared towards professionals in their late 20’s and up.

On the left hand wall of the venue, raised far above the floor sits an illuminated DJ booth where the bouncing flow of house music is mildly channeled through the lounge’s system. The space opens up towards the back and holds a dining room and the chain’s signature, a massive statue of The Buddha, sitting in the back.

Once extremely popular in NY, LA, Paris and throughout the world, recent years have seen Buddha Bar lose its trending status. There are exceptions, such as Barcelona and Lisbon, where actors, athletes and models come together.

Although the nightlife may be subpar when compared to her contemporaries, Buddha Bar DC’s menu features choice Asian fusion cuisines including amazing sushi, hot and cold dishes and an impressive saki menu.

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Buddha Bar Washington DC

A view from the lofted DJ Booth shows the entrance beyond the back right wall, the lounge to the right, and dining room to the left. The bar and kitchen are straight ahead


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Here we see the dining room and signature of every Buddha Bar across the globe.

Video Tour: Buddha Bar in Washington DC

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Friday Janaury 27, 2012

1008 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

(202) 347-8601

Table reservations: (202) 271-1171
Doors at 10pm, Ages 21+

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Monday, January 16, 2012, 4:16pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 6:00pm) Add comments

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33 Patterson St NE # A
Washington D.C., DC 20002-3349

(202) 842-3401

Doors at 10pm, Ages 18+

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DJ Pauly D makes his triumphant DC nightlife return! The Providence resident-turned MTV reality star-turned international DJ success drops a little bit of everything – house, top 40, hip-hop, mash up and more! Get the champagne ready baby – DJ Pauly D gives DC events a run for their money!!!

DC Area Best Live Music Venues

By peter in Dc Nightclubs, DC Nightlife, Get in Style
Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 8:29pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 6:01pm) Add comments

Washington, DC is not only the most powerful city in the world… it’s a capital of great live music! While often overshadowed by bigger cities, it has produced its share of incredible musicians, including conductor John Phillips Sousa, jazz pioneer Duke Ellington, and soul singer Marvin Gaye. The birthplace of Go-Go, a bastion for hardcore and punk rock, and home to a huge electronic scene, Washington, DC really does have it all!

Below is our list of the best live music venues in DC and the metropolitan area.

9:30 Club

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The 9:30 Club is a DC tradition!

815 V Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 265-0930


Hours: Check calendar for concert showtimes

The 9:30 Club has long been a staple of DC nightlife, first opening its doors to the public in 1980. Historically a rock venue, the 9:30 Club has featured plenty of legendary acts over the years, including Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the Beastie Boys. For years, it has been regarded the best places to see live music in DC.


2125 Queens Chapel Road, NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 503-2330


Hours: Saturdays, 10 pm – 4 am

Echostage is Washington DC’s largest, dedicated concert venue. The new home of Club Glow, Echostage primarily hosted the world’s largest DJs during its 3 months of being open. Renovations in the first quarter of 2013, coupled with some exciting new partnerships will provide DC with a nightlife-oriented concert experience for all tastes.

Eighteenth Street Lounge

The front door of ESL DC

18th Street Lounge... located above Mattress Discounters!

1212 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-3922


Tues-Thurs: 5:30 pm – 2am
Fri: 5:30pm – 3am
Sat: 9:30pm – 3am
Sun: 9:30pm – 2am

Set in an 19th Century Victorian mansion formerly owned by President Theodore Roosevelt, Eighteenth Street Lounge is one of DC’s swankiest nightlife landmarks. Home to live DJ act Thievery Corporation and anything from jazz, funk bands, reggae, Brazilian acts, and more, this lounge is hopping with live vibes!

Learn more about Eighteenth Street Lounge

U Street Music Hall

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Not many photos exist showing the inside U Hall!

1115A U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-1880


*Live shows: 7 – 10 pm
>(check website for calendar)
*DJ nights: 10 pm – 2 am, 3 am on weekends

U Street Music Hall has been setting the bar for underground dance clubs in Washington, DC. Owned by DJ/producers Will Eastman and Jesse Tittsworth, the venue was designed with dance music in mind, boasting perhaps the most heavenly sound system in town. Its no-photo policy and lack of a dress code suggests its customers should be more concerned about the music than with the door policy. “UHall,” as it is popularly known, is also home to numerous live bands and performances.

Learn more about U Street Music Hall

The Kennedy Center

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The Kennedy Center: an American landmark!

2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 416-8000


Hours: Check calendar for full performance listings

The Kennedy Center is one of the world’s most premier venues for the performing arts. Comprised of three main theaters (the Concert Hall, Opera House, and Eisenhower Theater) and a handful of smaller stages, the Kennedy Center’s live music selection ranges from popular, classical, jazz, folk, and more. The Kennedy Center also regularly hosts theater, dance, and ballet productions.

The Fillmore

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The Fillmore is one of the area's newest venues.

8656 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 960-9999


Hours: Check calendar for concert showtimes

Opened in September 2011, The Fillmore is one of the best new venues in the DC area. In spite of its youth, huge names like Mary J. Blige, Deadmau5, LMAFO, Moby, Black Star, and more have graced its stage. With a great sound system, plenty of floor room, and great balcony views, The Fillmore is a great place to catch a show.

Learn more about The Fillmore Silver Spring

Jiffy Lube Live

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The biggest music venue in the area!

7800 Cellar Door Drive
Bristow, VA 20136
(703) 754-6400 ‎


Hours: Check website for concert showtimes

Jiffy Lube Live, formerly known as the Nissan Pavilion, is an outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of nearly 25,000 people, making it the largest music venue in the Washington Metropolitan area. With pavilion seating for 10,000 fans and a huge sprawling lawn, Jiffy Lube Live is a  popular stop for big-name performers and music festivals during the summer. In early 2012 to many fans’ delight, the venue announced it was lifting its tailgating ban.

Wolf Trap

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The Filene Center at Wolf Trap

1551 Trap Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-1900


Hours: Check calendar for concert showtimes

Located on 13o acres of national park land, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts features numerous indoor and outdoor music venues. Performances are incredibly diverse, ranging from anything between popular rock acts to jazz, ballet and classical music!

Merriweather Post Pavilion

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One of the area's hottest summer venues

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-5550 ‎


Hours: Check website for concert showtimes

Located in Columbia, Maryland, Merriweather Post Pavilion has seen an incredible assortment of live acts over the years, ranging from Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead to Kid Cudi and Katy Perry. Perhaps best known in recent years as the home to the Virgin Mobile Free Fest at the end of every summer, this 19,000 person outdoor venue’s calendar is always lined with huge names.

DC Nightlife Going Out Guide Part 2: Picking the Right Venue

By Peach in DC Nightlife, Get in Style
Friday, January 6, 2012, 5:57pm. (Updated: 5/13/15 at 3:52pm) Add comments

Location! Location! Location!

How to pick the right venue for DC Nightlife

Only when the music is blasting, the crowd is hot and the drinks are flowing can all the stresses of normal life disappear. But picking the correct venue amongst a seemingly endless sea in DC nightlife can be a daunting task.

Fear not, nightlife novices, for after reading this guide you will be equipped with all the information you need to conquer the finest dc clubs, lounges, and bars.

Pick your real estate

Don’t waste your time stuck in traffic, looking for a spot and waiting in line only to find you’re in the wrong place. Every DC venue offers a different vibe – reflective of the neighborhood it’s located in.

Upscale neighborhoods have upscale clubs and lounges. College neighborhoods have college clubs and bars. Gay areas have, you guessed it, gay clubs. Decide what sort of atmosphere you’re looking for and focus on the corresponding area of DC.

Penn Quarter | U Street Corridor | K Street | Adams Morgan | Georgetown | Midtown | H Street Corridor

You can check out clubs by neighborhood above or go through our DC nightclub club guide to see if any of these clubs are right for you!

Age Requirements

It’s ok to be under 21. There’s a wide selection of DC nightclubs, DC lounges, and live music venues in DC that are at least 18+.

Check out our list for 18+ clubs in DC.


Avicii washington dc You always have to consider the what kind of music you like. If you’re into house music check out any of Club Glow’s weekly events, U-Street Music Hall, Sweet Spot or even District on occasion.

If you love hip-hop, Top 40, pop or Latin music check out some larger spots like Ultrabar, Fur, Love, The Park at 14th or The Lux Lounge that cater to specific crowds or have multiple rooms.

Dress Codes

groupWhat does dress code even mean nowadays? Some clubs say dress to impress, some say classy, some say casual, others don’t say anything.

Some places say no sneakers but let people in wearing pumas. WTF?! It works like this:

Wearing shorts or sandals out, in general, is never a good idea – the exceptions being giant festivals and college/dive bars.

Clubs don’t want trashy people that start fights, harass groups of people, and smell coming inside. If you look like you just stepped out of a dirty south hip-hop, raver, or death metal music video you probably aren’t getting in. There are exceptions – no dress code events, clubs catering to specific crowds – but if you’re just looking to go out and have a good time, why not look proper?

We made a men’s guide to dress code in DC clubs and a DC nightlife dress code guide for women just in case you had any questions!

Cost- Guest Lists, Cover Charges, and Drink Specials

Before choosing your venue, it’s wise to decide how much you are willing to spend. Nightclubs and lounges can tend to be pricier, but they often run free passes and drink specials.

It’s best to check out the venues website or Facebook for current offers. Guest lists usually run a special like ‘free before 11:30 for 21+’ or something like that. Sign up sheets are usually on the venues website.

The earlier you arrive, the more likely you’ll find a free/reduced, speedy entry with drink specials.


Transportation – Valet, Parking, Metro

 Washington’s metro and bus system can get guests to most popular DC nightlife venues and help to avoid expensive trips and parking nightmares.

Unfortunately, the metro closes at midnight on weekdays and 2AM on weekends, whereas most venues close at 2AM on weekdays and 3AM on weekends.

Most parking garages cost $10-$20 (make sure to ask about closing time). Valet is also available for around the same price at most places.

Be careful parking on the street – DC has crazy parking laws
Read the signs on both ends of the street and stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk ($250 if you don’t)!
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Pop Fridays at Ultrabar Nightclub: 01.13.12

By Ravi in DC Nightlife, Past Events, Past Pop Events
Monday, January 2, 2012, 8:58pm. (Updated: 1/14/12 at 2:40am) Add comments
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Top 40 clubs in Washington DC start with Ultrabar Nightclub. With 6 bars, 5 levels and 4 DJs, you can never go wrong – whether it’s Britney, David Guetta, Chris Brown or a mash up of all three!

Latin Wednesdays at Barcode Restaurant, Bar and Lounge

By Ravi in DC Nightlife, Past Events
Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 3:40pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:59pm) Add comments
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Latin Parties in Washington DC begin Wednesday nights at Barcode Restaurant, Bar and Lounge. The DC restaurant also features its weekly fish taco special!

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The best DJs in Washington DC nightlife open every week at Club Glow. Roberto is the favorite US Opener of Cosmic Gate, Kaskade and Markus Schulz! Matt Goldman is Avicii’s unofficial east coast opener!

DJ Logue - Thurs 01.05.12 [Glow at Lima]

By peter in DC Lounges, DC Nightlife, Past Glow Events
Friday, December 23, 2011, 4:40pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 6:00pm) Add comments

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