Capitale (1301 K Street, NW DC), is set to take over Washington, DC nightlife as our newest, hottest venue since opening earlier this month. With a breathtaking and unique design scheme, the Hogwarts-meets-Hollywood inspired venue is the brainchild of Tony Hudgins and partners (the same men behind venues such as K Street Lounge, Play and Public Bar). With four massive, brass leaning columns taking center stage in the venue’s Great Hall, and commissioned art of celeb socialites like Scott Disick and Tuesday Weld, all of the pieces are in place to wow DC’s party scene this season.
The DC mavericks enlisted the help of local architects David Shove-Brown and David Tracz of studio3877 and designer/artist Maggie O’Neill with their new 4,700 square-foot venue (Maggie also designed SAX, Lincoln, and Irish Whiskey Public House, among others). Shove-Brown and Tracz are the masterminds behind DC’s Matchbox restaurant chain. Opting for a more regal vibe, the hotspot evokes the atmosphere of an old fashioned library with a touch of glamorous pop radiance. Paving the way for unconventional nightlife options in the nation’s capital, Capitale is an abrupt change from the typical modern DC club decor.
Upon entering Capitale, patrons find themselves in a smaller, art deco-inspired lobby with a long glass wall serving as a hallway to the main room, otherwise known as the “Great Hall”. The front room favors a Hollywood-regency vibe, a fascinating contrast to the country club feel of the main bar.
Capitale’s Great Hall features a black & white checkered floor which compliment its deep green walls. Floor-to-ceiling rustic windows play home to hidden leather-bound library books alongside the hustle and bustle of DC’s K Street corridor. A 40-foot wooden bar with four 55 inch TV screens allow for a comfortable backdrop to the multi-level table offerings. The venue has a capacity of 350 people, lending itself to intimate business happy hours, corporate parties, or a night out on the town with top DJ line-ups.
[photos courtesy Capitale]
Wednesday, May 22
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