Clubbing Paradise at Eden in Washington, DC
April 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, US – A jungle theme. Neon strobe lights. Thumping house music DJs. Sparkler-lit champagne bottles. Drop-ins by Drake and members of the Wu Tang Clan. Sounds like you must be smack in the middle of a hot South Beach nightclub in Miami, right?
Nope, you’re actually at Eden, a swanky lounge-cum-dance club that’s DC‘s answer to partying SoBe style. Tough door? Check. Ladies in bandage dresses and killer heels? Check. Cool kids lounging around on banquettes or at private tables? Check and check.
The tropical theme alone might be enough to transport you down Florida way. Lush hanging plants and bright green décor details create a kind of “rainforest chic” atmosphere. At the same time, there’s also an Asian vibe in the mix with the happy hour menu of gyoza, satay, and spring rolls (although, frankly, these bites are pretty meh, and the deals aren’t so great).
Each of the three floors in the club has its own bar, so we can get our drink fix no matter where in the club we end up wandering. The rooftop is winkingly named “Garden of Eden,” and there’s also the “Forbidden Room” on the third floor, so check any biblical irony at the door. In nice weather, DJs play up on the roof. The dancing crowds are pretty exuberant here, a nice change of pace from the sometimes uptight DC decorum.
Bottle service is pretty popular, and it’s a fun place to bring a big group. If that’s not how you roll, expect to pay a cover charge of USD 10-20 on most nights. However, check online to join the RSVP list and obtain free entry before midnight on select nights.
Aside from the occasional Drake sighting, the crowd is mostly made up of European and other expats and embassy workers and off-the-clock Hill staffers. But inevitably, the party-loving college kids show up, and…poof! Spring break in Miami!
Read more about Eden in our Washington, DC Guide.