Ultrabar nightclub quietly bans all douchebags

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Friday, April 1, 2011, 10:51pm. (Updated: 1/16/14 at 12:54pm) Add comments
Ultrabar Nightclub DC

Ultrabar Nightclub DC

WASHINGTON DC — Earlier today, Ultrabar Nightclub became the first nightclub in the United States to take a stance against douchebags by specifically banning all douchebags from their premises, much to the excitement of clubgoers in the DC area. While common practice in European nightclubs, especially in France, the trend of formally banning douchebags has only recently gained traction in the United States.  Most likely brought on with the surge in Jersey Culture and Guidos brought on by the rise of The Jersey Shore.

Darren Watkins, Chairman of the United States Clubber’s Association applauds Ultrabar‘s bold stance against douchebaggery, stating that “douchebags have always been a problem in nightclubs, and hopefully this will start the trend across the United States.”

Ultrabar made its stance very clear with an update to its club policies page, which states:

Effective 4/1/11: Management also reserves the right to refuse admission to any/all douchebags.

In a statement released earlier today, Ultrabar social media director Mark Maskell explains that this move was absolutely necessary to protect the interests of the customers, and to maintain the comfortable, and inviting atmosphere that Ultrabar is known for.

A March 2011 study commissioned by the DC Hospitality Group of 1,000 random female club patrons in DC indicated that nearly 35% of all female clubgoers top complaint is Douchebags.  This is a spike from two years ago where the study showed that only 19% of clubgoing women in DC had problems with douchebaggery.  Many respondents also wondered why the clubs just don’t ban them outright.

Survey of Female Nightclub Patrons in Washington DC, March 2011.

Survey of Female Nightclub Patrons in Washington DC, March 2011. Courtesy: DC Hospitality Group

Alarmed by this sudden spike, Ultrabar decided to take immediate action, even though their club had the lowest douchebag count in all of the DC Nightclubs, at a very tolerable 1.14%.  Maskell explains that the reason for this low number is that Ultrabar had quietly been turning douchebags away at the door for years.  However, with the increased popularity of the club, douchebags were showing up in record numbers, just to be turned away.  “It created quite a traffic jam, and wasted a lot of our staff resources that could’ve been spent on better customers.”
Ultrabar regular customer, a student from Sweden, supports Ultrabar’s decision.  “I have been clubbing all over the world, and its nice to see that the anti-douchebag sentiment has spread to the United States as well, especially to my favorite club.”

Nightclub Douchebags

However, despite the growing popularity worldwide, it has been difficult to get it moving here in DC.  Many club owners are hesitant to turn douchebags away, for fear that they won’t have any customers left.  Another local nightclub owner, who declined to give us his name for fear of losing his business, said “I wish we could ban these douchebags, they’re arrogant, they bother girls, and their strong cologne makes people vomit.  But without them, I wouldn’t have any customers at all.”

And indeed, Ultrabar has already received some backlash from the DC douchebag community, with douches planning to boycott all DC nightclubs, not just Ultrabar.  Brian Campbell, president of Douchebags United was outraged.  “This discrimination is absolutely intolerable, especially here in the Nation’s Capital where so many millions have fought for their freedom from discrimination and hatred.”

Campbell explains that douchebags have the right to hit on everything that moves, grab girls butts, act like they are superior, start fights, tip poorly, and act like a baller.  Campbell comfirms this saying “We do whatever the hell we want, and the constitution protects it.”

Two ladies celebrate a toast to Ultrabar's formal ban on Douchebags

Two ladies celebrate a toast to Ultrabar’s formal ban on Douchebags

My interview with Campbell was interrupted at that moment when an attractive young lady walked in to Barcode, the restaurant/lounge where we were talking during their infamous Extended Happy Hour.  He raced over to her, grabbed her by the waist, threw down a pathetic pick-up line, flexed his muscles, and laid down his best rap.  When the woman’s husband walked in three seconds later, Campbell puffed up and gave the husband a dirty look and grabbed the wife’s behind defiantly.  When the husband shook his head in disgust, Campbell ran over to the bar, cut in line, elbowed a girl in the face, spilled his drink on two people, punched a baby, left no tip, and began clucking like a chicken at the husband.

Barcode Manager Arman Amirshahi had seen enough, and grabbed Campbell by the collar, lifted him off the ground, and literally threw him out.  Amirshahi just shook his head, “Douchebag.”

Perhaps this bold move will send a message to douchebags across Washington DC: You’re not welcome here anymore.

Ultrabar Refuses Admission to Douchebags

Ultrabar refuses admission to douchebags

DC Nightlife jon deke has an enormous wang DC Nightlife: Catch the master of Electro House bang out a special guest set this Friday Night at Ultrabar down in the exclusive vault!  Just have a listen to this bangin 45 minute mix!

Jon Deke is a resident DJ at Glow Washington DC, and has played for in the DC nightlife scene for dozens of major DJs including: Calvin Harris, Joachim Garraud, Bob Sinclar, Antione Clamaran, Pleasurekraft, Dave Dresden, Morgan Page, and so many more.

He is currently collaborating with Glow resident Roberto Gonzalez on a new bangin’ electro track that’s set to release in late Summer 2011, but maybe you’ll get a sneak preview on Friday (if you’re lucky).

DC Nightlife.

Washington DC nightclubs, bars and lounges are a playground for recording artists, politicians, students, athletes, tourists and more. Overshadowed by destinations like NY, LA and Miami, it’s easy to see how DC nightlife has flown under the radar. However, many of the world’s biggest names party in and return to The District.

We’ve popped bottles with Drake, done shots with FC Barcelona, had David Guetta name Glow the best party in the world, gotten ‘Lost’ with Miles and Frank Lapidus, done happy hour with Donald Rumsfeld, the list goes on. With the third largest college population in the nation, the DC crowd knows how to get down.

In no particular order:

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Echostage is an all-purpose concert venue built to host large-scale productions. The venue is one massive room with elongated bars, VIP mezzanines, a photo pit, etc. Everything you would expect at a live venue. It’s the largest nightlife concert hall in DC.

With its doors opening in September 2012, the Echostage schedule has already featured the top 3 DJs in the world in Armin van Buuren, Tiesto and Avicii as well as Hip-Hop and Dancehall stars Big Sean and Beenie Man.

See our complete overview of Echostage

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From happy hour to dinner, cocktails and beyond, Barcode caters to DC’s young professionals.


Minted in the fourth quarter of 2010, Barcode is a venue that moves with the customer. A typical day goes something like lunch, happy hour, dinner, party. The kitchen is open every day until midnight and features trusted American classics with a twist. The bar features extensive beer and wine menus as well as specialty drinks balancing homemade syrups, fresh citrus and floral essences. Barcode is geared towards young professionals (and older) who aren’t quite ready to let go of the care-free life.

See our complete overview of Barcode

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Famous for it’s ‘come as your are’ mentality, U-Hall is famous for underground dance parties and indie rock and hip-hop shows.

U-Street Music Hall

U-Hall, as it is affectionately know, is an underground DJ and concert venue that focuses on the music. No bottle service, no state of the art light system, no bells, no whistles. The sound system is one of the best in DC nightlife. Featuring DJ acts in the evening spinning techno, dubstep, moombahton and underground house; and live acts early doing indy, punk, samba, rap, big band and more; U-Hall caters to the ‘be yourself and let loose’ kind of crowd.

See our complete overview of U-Hall

Josephine DC lounges

Patrons of Josephine include Donovan McNab, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Ronaldinho and more.


Named after Napoleon’s wife, Josephine is a study in VIP grandeur. The K-Street hot spot’s pampered party-goers enjoy first-class table service, the infamous Pit (a sunken dance-floor with VIP tables lining the edges) as well as the Gold Room in the back.

Whether it’s a Latin, Nightlife Industry, Hip-Hop or EDM crowd, one thing is certain – the people look good and the liquor flows like water.

See our complete overview of Josephine

Public Bar DC Bars

DC’s #1 Sports Bar is so much more than a place to go on Sunday.


Public is the king of DC sports bars. The former club Five space has been artfully transformed to a sports lover’s paradise. With a reckless amount of TV’s, projectors and various floors, Public is the choice to watch NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, boxing, UFC and NCAA events.

It’s also a great place to go out too, with DJ’s spinning dance and top 40 long after the game has ended. Hungry? Public offers a varied menu and a great selection of beer, plus a monthly rotation of 4 new regional beers on draft.

Combine all that with a great rooftop patio, and you have a bar heavyweight! There’s no way that your group won’t have a good time; day or night.

See our complete overview of Public

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The 9:30 Club is a DC tradition

9:30 Club

The 9:30 Club has long been a staple of DC nightlife, 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.

Recent acts include Passion Pit, Major Lazer, Rusko and more.

See our complete overview of 9:30 Club

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One of DC’s hottest nightlife venues!


A hot choice amongst the DC club crowd. Catering to the higher-end of the 21-30 crowd, Eden has a reputation for excellent table service and quality music.

The most popular spot in Eden is the rooftop. Featuring a massive LED-faced DJ booth at the head of the space, a long bar running the length of the room, heaters in the winter and high-demand VIP tables, Eden’s outdoor rooftop is one of the hottest spots in DC.

See our complete overview of Eden

The Park at 14th DC Nightlife DC Clubs

Enjoy happy hour, dinner and stay for the beautiful faces

The Park at 14th

The Park is a stylish, four-story restaurant and lounge where you can relish in the latest Americana fare prepared in view in the signature, open-concept kitchen on the first floor. Their happy hour starts early and the venue stays packed well into the evening.

Political movers and shakers, renowned celebrities and high-profile sports figures have all made appearances at Park.

See our complete overview of The Park

Ultrabar Nightclub Washington DC Clubs

4 floors, 6 bars and mayhem at every turn!


Ultrabar is one of DC’s most-frequented clubs week in and week out. With four floors, six bars, two mezzanines and 4 DJs; it’s no wonder the line is known to extend down the block and around the corner!

Free entry passes, a multitude of bottle service options, an intimate lower-level lounge and great drink specials make Ultrabar arguably DC’s #1 ‘party club.’

See our complete overview of Ultrabar Nightclub

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Cities is a restaurant/lounge that turns into an upscale nightlife hangout during the evening. To some the crowd may seem pretentious, though others would argue they’re simply people who enjoy being seen enjoying the high life. Regardless, Cities is one of DC’s hot spots.

The food is good, the concept is admirable and the setting extremely comfortable.

See our complete overview of Cities

Do you agree the above mentioned venues are the best in DC nightlife? Let us know what your favorite DC nightlife destinations are! Please leave your comments below.

DJ Enferno + David Berrie: Friday 4/22 [Pop at Ultrabar]

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Monday, March 21, 2011, 4:06pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 8:23pm) Add comments

dj enferno dj david berrie ultrabar dc pop fridaysPop Nightlife DC presents:

DJ Enferno

David Berrie

Opening Set by DJ Geometrix

Friday April 22nd
Ultrabar Nightclub DC
911 F st NW Washington DC 20004
Doors Open at 9pm | Ages 18+
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Enferno, Berrie

DJ Enferno (Main Floor)

dj enferno stockThe legend himself DJ Enferno returns to the place that started it all, ULTRABAR! Back in the day, Enferno was an Ultrabar Nightclub resident DJ, bangin’ out the best tunes every week and tearing up the dancefloor. His talents were noticed by some big names, and soon he found himself touring globally with Madonna as her official DJ on the Sticky and Sweet tour!

His mixes are killer, his productions are bangin’, and his skills are unquestionable. Enferno is the master of the beat, and electrifies the dancefloor wherever he goes. Whether is a small nightclub or a massive stadium with 75,000+ people, Enferno lights it up!

Now he returns to his old stomping grounds to rip it up once again! So get the old crew together and come out to party at Ultrabar Nightclub DC!

David Berrie (Chroma)

Just signed to Ultra Records, David Berrie has been blowing up the club scene across the United States and around the world! From his humble beginnings as a basement DJ, he’s come a long way. Today he’s playing at huge clubs like Tao, Webster Hall, and Liv Miami. He plays for major corporations like GQ and Vogue, and rubs elbows with Diddy, Kanyke, 50 Cent, and more.

The son of famous toy manufacturer Russell Berrie, David grew up with the opportunity to do anything he wanted… including nothing. He took piano and violin lessons early on, eventually landing at something a bit cooler, turntables.

Inspired by NY icons like Louie Vega, Danny T, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul; by 16 Berrie had honed his skills and was sneaking out of the house to spin at small clubs in Manhattan. From there it was cake.

Been There, Done That: Having performed events for Diddy, Giselle, GQ and Esquire, Berrie’s inner talent eventually came bursting out. With all that instrumental training and all that NY influence, it was only a matter of time before he traded the posh VIP scene for the infectious, let it all hang out world of electronic dance music.

Latest tracks by davidberrie


MainFloor: Geometrix

Main Floor at Ultrabar Nightclub DC

The Main Floor at Ultrabar Nightclub DC

dj geometrix at ultrabar nightclub dcMain Floor: DJ Geometrix
Top 40, Mashups, Hip Hop


Vault: Maskell

The Basement Vault at Ultrabar Nightclub DC

The Basement Vault at Ultrabar Nightclub DC

DJ MaskellPOP Floor (Vault): DJ Maskell
Pop Dance, Pop House


Bedroom: NV&Bomba

DJs NV and Bomba in the Bedroom

DJs NV and Bomba in the Bedroom

Bedroom (2nd Floor): NV & Bomba
Latin Music, Reggaeton, etc.


Chroma: Lion L

Chroma at Ultrabar

Chroma, the 4th floor at Ultrabar

dj lion lChroma (3rd Floor): Lion L
Mashups, Dance, House



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Morgan Page: Thu 4/21 [Glow at Lima]

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Monday, March 21, 2011, 4:05pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:46pm) Add comments

Morgan Page at GlowGLOW Washington DC presents:

Morgan Page
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Opening Set by Roberto Gonzalez

Thursday, April 21 2011
Lima Restaurant & Lounge
1401 K St NW Washington DC
(202) 789-2800
Doors Open at 10pm, Ages 18+

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From: USA (Vermont)

Style: progressive, vocal house

Famous Track: The Longest Road, Fight for You, Nadia Ali – Fantasy (Morgan Page Remix)

Best Known For: Being a ridiculous engineer and a 2011 Grammy nomination for his Fantasy remix.

Fresh off a 2011 Grammy nomination for his remix of Nadia Ali – Fantasy (click the music tab for the music video!), American progressive dance master Morgan Page is back in DC to continue what he started in January. Glow’s first booking of the year, Morgan gave us the kick start we needed to head into an amazing 2011.

The highly sought after producer and remixer – whose recent remixes include tracks for Adam Lambert, La Roux, Madonna, and Katy Perry – has developed a style all his own, merging punchy beats with strong melodies and structure that connects with dance music veterans and newcomers alike.

With everything from La Roux to Avicii and Sebastian Ingrosso; Afrojack to Way out West and Dresden & Johnston in his set lists, Morgan Page brings a flare for the smooth, progressive, melodic style of dance music taking over the world!



With over 110 remixes to his name—including tracks by Madonna (“Miles Away”), Katy Perry (“I Kissed A Girl”), Tegan & Sara (“Back In Your Head”), and La Roux (“Bulletproof”)—Morgan Page has earned a solid reputation for transferring insatiable pop energy to the dance floor in the form of banging, progressive house tracks. High ranking spots on iTunes’ dance chart, Beatport’s progressive chart, and Billboard’s club charts affirmed his salability, while an ’09 Grammy nomination for Deadmau5’s remix of Page’s “The Longest Road” simultaneously bolstered his underground cred while spotlighting his skills as a songwriter.

Page released his first official full-length album in 2008. Entitled Elevate, it featured remixes of music by The Submarines, Dengue Fever, Nelly Furtado, Delerium, and others, along with a small handful of Page’s originals. It was the perfect calling card for a producer well steeped in vocal re-rubs, but eager to imprint his own unique mark upon dance music.

Earlier this year, Page released Believe, a powerful, captivating album that makes good on his International Dance Music Awards nomination as Best Breakthrough Artist, and typifies his journey from bootleg remixer to award-winning producer and world renown DJ.

“Believe took a year and a half to make, but it was worth it!” says Page. “I went to great lengths to make songs I felt will last a long time, and to create an album you want to listen all the way through. It’s easily my best work so far.”

As a college student and mix show radio DJ in Burlington, Vermont, Page learned to navigate the space between pop music’s accessibility and the heady minimalism of progressive house early on. At the age of 18 he was nominated for Boston Music Award, and early in his career produced a remix of “Angels,” a track by seminal trip-hop band Wax Poetic, featuring the vocals of one Norah Jones. The dance community was quick to catch on, and his first instrumental tracks were signed to taste-making imprints like John Digweed’s Bedrock, Satoshi Tomiie’s Saw Recordings, and James Zabiela’s Hearing Aid. In 2003, he made the move to Los Angeles.

“I was juggling remixes with a day job, then brewing coffee at midnight,” says Page, “burning the candle at both ends and saving money so I could write music full-time.”

The landscape dramatically shifted for Page when he released a now infamous collection of bootleg remixes in 2005 entitled Cease And Desist. Without the help of master tapes (or label permission) he extracted a cappellas and signature melodies from tracks by David Bowie, Coldplay, Imogen Heap, Esthero, and The Kills with surgical precision, then rounded out the sound with luminous instrumentation and blazing beats. His undulating progressive feel and strict attention to kit detail—never the same kick drum twice, ever—was a perfect compliment to the larger than life vocal hooks. Dance music blogs like Resident Advisor and Beatportal took note, and Page’s own server continually crashed under the weight of the mix’s download traffic.

“It was like going to boot camp,” says Page of the arduous process behind creating Cease And Desist. “It was a great way of getting good at editing with limited resources, and it got out to so many people. You just didn’t know who was listening to it.”

Everyone from DJs and producers to managers, agents, and of course fans got their hands on the album, and its underground success helped pave the way for music future placements in television shows like Samantha Who? and Melrose Place, as well as cutting edge campaigns and in-stores for Bebe, Chanel, and Sephora. With his resume and repertoire quickly expanding, Page struck again with the release of Elevate, an album that KCRW DJ and electronic music pundit Jason Bentley described as “a breakthrough collection of original music and remixes” full of “subtle electronics and thoughtful songs.” Jo-Anne Greene from All Music Guide was even more forthright in her praise, referring to Page as “a man fast becoming a legend.”

Having long jettisoned his status as an up-and-comer, Page is ready to step into the next phase of his career, firmly joining the ranks of established “triple threat” DJs, producers, and remixers like Kaskade, Deadmau5, and Eric Prydz. It’s no surprise that the dance music scene is already buzzing about Believe.

“Fight For You” is the album’s first single, and is already being supported by world class DJs like Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Above and Beyond, Dave Dresden, and Hernan Cattaneo. Bolstered with impassioned lyrics and swift, clean guitars, the track embodies Believe’s fragile yet faithful feel, pushing through wistful cinematic shades to the promise of something better up ahead.

“Believe is very dark, but I’m not a dark person at all,” Page explains. “I just lean towards these specific chords and melodies. Melancholy with a little bit of hope.”

The Pete Yorn cover “Strange Condition,” a simple, spatial arrangement that highlights Page’s ability let his vocalists control the direction of a song, and not be driven towards emotional peaks and valleys by just synths and bass. Page uses a similarly subtle approach on “Tell Me Why,” featuring the velveteen vocals of Télépopmusik’s Angela McCluskey. Elsewhere, Page enlists the talents of Matt Alber on “Agnus Dei” and Gabriel & Dresden alum Jan Burton on “Traces Remain” and the raucous “I’ve Had Friends.” On the moody “In The Dark,” Page himself takes a turn on the mic at the urging of another G&D contributor, Molly Bancroft, who was initially tapped to provide the vocals. For Page, it was simply the next logical progression in his maturation as a producer.

“I want to work with singer/songwriters who have depth to their lyrics, and I’m trying to bring influences in from other genres,” says Page. “It’s tragic to see all the tracks on Beatport that are just made for clubs. They’re great for what they are, but it’s not necessarily something you want to have in your car on repeat, or listen to again in 10 years. This album is really a reflection of myself, and I want these songs to last a long time.”


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Robbie Rivera: Sat 4/16 [Glow at Fur]

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Monday, March 21, 2011, 3:58pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:46pm) Add comments
Robbie Rivera: Sat 4/16 [Glow at Fur]

His hit singles “Back to Zero,” “Float Away,” “We Live for the Music,” and “Closer to Sun,” shake DC nightlife every time he’s around. Robbie packs Glow like no other.

DJ Sinatra: Fri 4/15 [Pop at Ultrabar]

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Monday, March 21, 2011, 3:51pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 8:23pm) Add comments
DC Nightlife - DJ Sinatra pop fridays at Ultrabar Nightclub DC

Join DJ Sinatra at Ultrabar as we light the dance floor on fire, New York style. Hold on to your drinks, the mashups he plays will blow you away!

Roger Sanchez w/ Chris Moody: Thu 4/14 [Glow at Lima]

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Monday, March 21, 2011, 3:49pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:46pm) Add comments
Roger Sanchez w/ Chris Moody: Thu 4/14 [Glow at Lima]

Long sets, sexy crowds and hands in the air; 2010 saw a host of new high-profile collaborations with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Maroon 5, Natalia Kills, and… Danny from McFly.

Ladies night glow in the dark at ultrabar

Ladies night glow in the dark at ultrabarCome rock out at Ultrabar amid the Blacklights, Glowsticks, Techno, White shirts, Neon Colors, and more. Its “Glow in the Dark” this Saturday at Ladies Night at Ultrabar!

DJ Spider: Fri 4/8 [Pop at Ultrabar]

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 7:55pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 8:23pm) Add comments

He’s toured with Lil Jon, He’s played the playboy mansion, he’s rocked the WMC, and has rocked through hundreds of clubs worldwide. He’s DJ Spider, and coming to Pop at Ultrabar to blow it up!

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