Oh what a night…Saturday night was packed full of action. And yes, I will use that as my excuse as to why it’s taken me this long to write about it. For some reason, I was caught between three events, all of which I felt obligated to attend. The first stop of the night was my company’s annual party. Held at the lovely Palomar Hotel in Rosslyn, I rather enjoyed the relaxed mingling with my coworkers over some delicious food, drinks, and door prizes to start the evening. Fortunate for me, I won probably the most appropriate door prize I could – cooking supplies (a panini maker, a large pot, and other cooking utensils). Overjoyed about my winnings, I knew this would be a good night. Also lucky for me, a very kind coworker offered to take the winnings home with her so I wouldn’t have to lug them out to the bars for the night.
9:45pm – Time to leave the company party. The free food, liquor and goodies were great, but it was time to move on to birthday party #1 for one of my guy friends. I left the hotel and apparently was feeling pretty good because I decided to run to the metro in my heels and dress (I’m super classy). Next stop – Dupont Circle and Buffalo Billiards. Yes I have previous reviewed Buffalo Billiards, however that was a largely different experience. Being primetime on a Saturday night, Buffalo Billiards managed to have a packed house. I treated my friend to a birthday shot (liquid cocaine – $9 – cinnamon mint tasting) and then had one of my standard shots (Kamikaze – $8). These drink prices were certainly more expensive than I previously experienced during happy hour. Consider this an addendum to my first post about Buffalo Billiards. After some light conversation with my buddies, I decided it was time to jump ship and move on to the next party (I was also the only girl with 7 guys and as much as I love my guy friends, I wanted to get my dance on).
11pm – Leaving Buffalo Billiards for U Street. It was fairly mild on Saturday, but the temperatures definitely dropped in the evening time. I was not confident enough in my light jacket to keep me warm so I grabbed a cab to meet up with birthday party #2 at Local 16. This was my second time attending Local 16. The first time I went, the line was relatively short and probably only waited a minute or so. This time, I wasn’t so lucky (used it all up winning the door prize!). I even found my friends who had already been waiting in line and it still took about 20 minutes to get into the place. **Now before you judge me for “cutting in line,” I was traveling by myself and my presence in line hardly made a dent. Plus, I was pretty tipsy at this point and was very reassured to find some of my other guy friends in line then**
11:30 – Entering Local 16 I felt fairly proud that I could show my friends around the place. They were all from Columbia, MD and DC explorations are not very frequent with them. Despite it being only my second time there, I was fairly familiar with the layout. One of my favorite things about Local 16 is the fact that it has so many layers to it. It has two floors. The first floor is more like a typical chill bar with tables and cozy areas to lounge with friends. If you proceed up the narrow staircase that looks like it belongs in an old Victorian house, you will find a more intricate establishment than the bottom floor revealed. Upstairs there is an outside smoking area and a well lit long bar for chatting and masses of people to fill. There is also a dark dance floor for those with more active priorities and do not just want to stand around. As we have established, my priorities favor bars with dancing. On this particular night, I was disappointed to not get more dancing opportunities, but the music is of fairly high quality (a good mix of most genres). Representative of the line outside, this place can get pretty packed and getting a drink at the upstairs bar can be a challenge (my vodka tonics run $7 a piece here). Attending here for my friend’s birthday was a good idea. I really enjoyed knowing the people around me instead of being in a sea of strangers given the capacity. All in all, Local 16 is a great experience for those going with good friends that have the same agenda (dancing versus just chilling and talking). I like the versatility and options of lounging areas and the ability to get lost in all the nooks and crannies. Caveat- if you are looking for an exclusively chill place, I would not recommend coming here for that atmosphere. As long as you have the energy for the crowds and patience for a potential line, Local 16 is worth the wait. Amazingly, I survived the night of party and neighborhood hopping without any cuts or bruises. Sunday revealed a pair of very sore feet and some amusing texts though. Yes, there are juicier and more amusing details of this night, but I wouldn’t want to bore you all 😛