Nightclubs can be many different things, but usually there are several traits all of them share. Most are packed from wall to wall with hardly anywhere to move, serve greasy, unmemorable finger food, and have pushy bouncers. For partygoers seeking a respite from the typical scene, there’s a new game in town, Adams Morgan’s District, which officially opens on January 16th.
The four owners of District noticed that there was something stagnant about the DC nightlife scene. Owner Randy Taylor points out that a lot of the places in DC hotspots like Adams Morgan and Georgetown “have the same kinds of small lounges run by the same kinds of people.” Taylor and the other owners realized what we’ve all been thinking: “It’s time for something special.” He is quick to acknowledge how much character the area has, and points out, “It deserves a club that strives to portray this.”
District is in the space formerly occupied by Chloe, nestled next to Pinkberry-inspired CaliYogurt, and rock and roll lounge Asylum. But upon entry, you won’t recognize the old nightclub. Everything has been revamped by owner Patrick Dildine, and a team of fellow Catholic University Architecture students. What’s the result? State of the art lighting, a floating DJ booth perched on the wall between floors, a heated roof deck, and an overall airy, loft-like space. And if you aren’t the club-going type in spite of all this, you can still appreciate District. The club was designed to look good in the daytime as well. Soon, they will be open at 5 p.m. to provide dinner to patrons.