We arrived at the 18th Street lounge and it was BUMPIN’. Then I got up there and realized that they had my favorite room closed! Oh well, they can’t have live music in all four areas every single night. If you didn’t know, that is one of the huge draws about this place; four distinct areas of the club where they often have four different live performers on stage so there’s always something for everybody. I’d been here two or three times before in my early twenties and always remember being lit up like a Christmas tree when I left . . . or was it when I arrived? I can’t recall. Needless to say, I always had a great time at this place and tonight was no different.
It was a tough spot to feature on 24 in 24 because of the lighting. We went in there and couldn’t get a good shot anywhere inside save for the terrace (and that’s not really inside, is it?). Carlton was upstairs manning the bar and busy as hell. 18th Street Lounge wins my No Bullshit award for 24 in 24: DC. They’ve got a great space, respect the music and do a great job showing it, keep a relaxed vibe, and deliver drinks quickly. They’re owned by one of my favorite bands, the Thievery Corporation, and Carlton said I could use one of their songs to cut the video with. Woot.
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