Rock Your World at Tattoo Bar in Washington, DC

March 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – Remember “glam metal”? The rock music phenomenon of the 1980s juxtaposed a gritty masculine aesthetic (leather, tattoos, motorcycle gear) with slick packaging (big hair, rhinestones, heavy makeup). That combo of edgy and polished we found so delicious in bands like Poison and Mötley Crüe is enjoying a kind of revival at Tattoo Bar in Washington, DC. Just call it the Bret Michaels of the DC nightlife scene.

Though it’s not a biker bar or anything like that, the motorcycle theme at Tattoo is unmistakable. A full-sized bike dangles above the bar, and décor accents like bike chains, black leather, and tire-tread accents complete the look. Images of tatted ladies and gents line the walls. Of course, the music on the sound system is rock ‘n’ roll.

While the bar has got serious muscle, it’s also slick and glossy in a way “hair bands” could appreciate. For your viewing pleasure (if you can peel your eyes away from the DC music scenesters and off-duty Hill staffers blowing off steam), there’s a 90-inch projection screen and seven high-definition TVs playing throughout the bar. If you’d rather survey the scene at a remove, opt for one of the several VIP rooms or a seat on the balcony, where bottle service is available.

Whether we’re in the mood for grit or glamour, we love how Tattoo Bar is effortlessly hip. It’s got a trendy, cool vibe and crowd yet manages to be laidback at the same time. To blend in with the rocker regulars, throw on something that’s slinky-without-really-trying, like dark wash jeans, a studded top, and killer heels. If you really want to rock, check out Rockstar Saturdays, when DJs play the best of ’80s and ’90s guitar-driven hits. Get ready to belt out some power ballads!

Our one complaint is that the space itself is pretty narrow, with no dedicated dance floor. Given the emphasis on music, it would be nice to have more room for dancing and, er…, headbanging. But we can deal with it. As Bret Michaels himself would say, every rose has it’s thorn.

Read more about Tattoo Bar in our Washington, DC Guide.

Tattoo Bar
1413 K St., NW
(1) 202-408-9444
Washington, DC

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