“Enough energy for a party, but also a place where people are able to socialize in an intimate environment” is what owner and Executive Creative Director Farid Nouri and his business partners felt Washington, DC needed at the time. After almost two decades of premiere house parties, Farid’s dream has created a legacy unmatched by any other venue in the District.
The unassuming entrance of 1212 18th Street NW is nestled between the established neighborhood of Dupont Circle and the power corridors of Connecticut Ave and K Street. The Eighteenth Street Lounge opened its doors in April 1995 and unknowingly changed the face of DC’s dance music culture forever. The Lounge has been independently operated, and its music programming curated under the auspices of Farid since its inception in 1995. Eighteenth Street Lounge is also the birthplace of the internationally renowned Electronic Music duo Thievery Corporation, and its affiliates record label, ESL Music.
Energy. Music. Culture.
ESL now includes five areas: The Main Room, The Gold Room, The Jazz Bar, The Studio Bar and Deck Bar. The Eighteenth Street Lounge, with the direction of Farid Nouri is dedicated to providing Washington DC with the greatest regional and world-class DJ talent as well as live music ranging from traditional Jazz and Funk, to Reggae and a hybrid of Latin sounds. They showcase live bands Tuesday through Saturday.
- 18th Street Lounge is a lounge/nightclub hybrid.
- There are five different rooms where each plays a different genre of music.
- Live bands play here Tuesday through Saturday.
- No photography is allowed inside.
Where is 18th Street Lounge located?
18th Street Lounge is located at Dupont Circle in Downtown.
How much is cover charge at 18th Street Lounge?
18th Street Lounge normally charges a cover of $0-10 at the doorman’s discretion.
How long will I have to wait at 18th Street Lounge?
Expect to wait anywhere from 5-30 min depending on when you arrive.
When is 18th Street Lounge open?
18th Street Lounge is open daily except on Mondays.
What are the best nights to go to 18th Street Lounge?
Weekends are the best but they have live bands Tuesday through Saturday.
What is the dress code at 18th Street Lounge?
Dress to impress! Collared shirt / jeans / dress shoes for guys. Avoid anything that can be considered sportswear (track jackets, jerseys, sneakers, hats, etc). Unless you’re a celebrity – in that case you can dress however you please.
How much do drinks cost at 18th Street Lounge?
Expect to pay $12-14 for cocktails.
What kind of music do they play at 18th Street Lounge?
18th Street Lounge features a different genre in different rooms, including house, jazz, hip hop and top 40s.
Where can I find a list of upcoming events / DJs at 18th Street Lounge?
You can download the Discotech app to see upcoming events, and book tables for 18th Street Lounge.