Chill Clarendon

After watching vampires suck down blood for two hours, we needed some libations ourselves! I?m not really familiar with Rosslyn, where we were for the “Dracula” performance, but luckily I was with friends last night who are Arlingtonians, so it was off to Clarendon to the Eleventh Street Lounge.

The bouncer could stand a bit of talking down to keep the vibe more relaxed (please sir, you are not guarding the Taj Mahal. It?s a hallway in Arlington. Settle down…) but once inside people are happy, talkative, and friendly.

Eleventh is a long, seemingly narrow space, the front half dedicated to small tables and the back to the bar. Though it was extremely crowded at 10pm on a Friday night, apparently it?s a really relaxing lounge to stop by for food and drinks during the week. The scene was the usual – flutter-topped girls in flared jeans escorted by men in button-downs – everyone was clearly on the make and it seemed a prime place to meet people. The d飯r is punctuated by rich red walls and gold wallpaper accents, with little crystal chandeliers giving it a Russian Tea Room Light feel. It helps that the bartenders were on-the-ball and very nice. Overall, a fun lounge that I definitely want to return to on a mid-week night. I bet it?s very cosy in the winter…

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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