Concierge Picks at the Topaz Hotel

Nightlife, Travel Tips — By Zain Iqbal on March 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Sitting just south of Dupont Circle within the heart of shopping, restaurants, culture, and nightlife is the Topaz Hotel; a vibrant boutique hotel specializing in making hospitality and “spiritual” experience. We spoke with two front desk managers at the Topaz who team up to offer that hospitality and asked them in which direction they point their guests for some evening libations out on the town.

Only steps away from the Topaz is the popular bar and grill, The Front Page. Mingle with young professionals during a happy hour rated “#1 in the DC Area” and check out the unique selection of history-making front pages from newspapers that hang on the walls. Directly under The Front Page is Buffalo Billiards, an enormous, underground pool hall with 29 tables, 5 dart boards, shuffleboard, two fully-stocked bars, patio seating, and free Wi-Fi. If you’re looking for a casual place to watch sports, especially football (American) and soccer (European) Lucky Bar on Connecticut Avenue has lots of hi-definition flat screens as well as several bars, pool tables, and couches.

For more of an upscale scene, Current Sushi offers a an extensive selection of sake, beer, wine, and house-created cocktails. Enjoy your favorite drink while hanging out their super-sleek lounge, designed like the interior of a luxury yacht. Bottle service is available for those who want to stay into the late-night.

Right across from the Topaz Hotel is the Iron Gate, serving upscale Italian and French cuisine in a continental atmosphere. Take out that special date and peruse their extensive wine list together, which features vintages from France, Italy, and California.

Madam's Organ's famous burlesque mural

Several neighborhoods in DC have a cluster of drink spots, many of which operate as restaurants by day and then convert into bars and nightclubs by evening. The culturally diverse neighborhood of Adams Morgan on 18th Street has a bar for every scene. Live music lovers should check out the famous Madam’s Organ Blues Bar, often frequented by local DC celebrities. For a quieter, relaxed atmosphere, check out the coffeehouse/bar/lounge Tryst. The U Street Corridor is east of Dupont Circle, has seen a number of restaurants and bars open on its street, and is well worth exploring. Start with a drink at Chi Cha Lounge, a trendy dimly lit bar with comfy couches and head east. If you get hungry on the way, stop off at Ben’s Chili Bowl – a landmark DC institution serving up chili dogs and milkshakes to locals and sometimes the occasional celebrity visitor.

Guests at the Topaz Hotel need to go no further than their own hotel happy hour from 5-7, featuring complimentary wine and relaxing vibes.

[photos courtesy of NCinDC and krossbow]