Hola! Hope everyone had a great Cinco de Mayo. After last weekend, I made sure to do everything possible to prevent that tequila hangover today. I’m going to accredit Ben’s Chili Bowl cheese fries and then my drunken cooking (fried egg sandwich) – even if it meant that I woke up this morning in a slight panic that I forgot to turn off the stove…don’t worry, roommates, all is fine :-).
Yesterday’s ventures took me to an Arlington party, followed by a DC party that then headed to U Street. I know all you haters out there would question my attendance at the Arlington party, but with offerings of beer pong, corn hole, a rooftop of awesomeness, food, and a piñata, how could this be turned down?? After a few hours of embarrassing myself at these bar games and trash talk with volleyball teammates, it was time for the piñata. Yes, I may have had quite the pitiful/bashful swing, haha, but just keep in mind this childhood game is quite different when tipsy. Following the piñata, we promptly negotiated candy trades, gobbled it down like 3rd graders, and made it on our way to party #2.
While we were slightly late to party #2, the host was very gracious in welcoming us. Without a drink in hand, my friends were quick to resolve this with a strawberry margarita…as I reminded them that this week was my turn to be the responsible friend ;-). After some catching up with friends and playing with fake mustaches, we made our way to U Street. It was quite the busy night on U Street, much unlike the week before. Our initial stop at Policy was vetoed due to crowding, so we walked up the street with the intention of going to Lost Society. However, I believe some gentlemen were wearing shorts and/or flip flops that were turned down by the bouncers. Next I mentioned to friends wanting to try Patty Boom Boom – the reggae bar next door. Unfortunately by the time I was done quickly freshening up in the bathroom, my friends were already coming down the stairs from the dance floor and ready to leave. I will legitimately attend here sometime soon, I promise. At this time, everyone was tired of ping-ponging and it was settled to just go back to Policy.
With more of my senses upon me this weekend, I feel comfortable reviewing this establishment. While there are two floors, the first floor was dominated mostly by those waiting in the ridiculous line to get upstairs to the dance floor. This floor offers a bar and several tables /booths so with a line of people running through it, it felt quite constricted. After waiting in line for a significant period of time (it had to be at least 30 minutes), using some flirtatious methods finally got a friend and me upstairs. *Yes! Of course, my name is Shelly and I’m in your party! Just lead me up the stairs, haha. * Upon reaching upstairs, I reminded my friend of my wing girl status and my willingness to make a fool of myself/approach anyone without fear, haha. Making our way across the floor, we stumbled upon a nice group of Minnesotans. Anyone who offers up a free tequila shot to me is not too shabby in my book 🙂 even if the salt was missing. After some mingling, we sought out to find our friends. They were not so lucky with getting upstairs (read: they gave up on waiting and headed to Lost Society/elsewhere). Conclusions: It is quite crowded and if you do not time it right, the wait to get upstairs can be annoying. I wouldn’t recommend bringing a large group here unless you are early to arrive or get bottle service/a table. The cranberry vodka I bought for my friend was moderately priced at $7 – definitely could have been worse. Overall, I would give Policy a good rating for dancing and meeting people (even if that’s only because it’s so crowded that you are forced to be friendly).
Our next stop brought us to Lost Society to catch up with friends. Apparently the no shorts/flip flops rule is ignored if you’re a female – typical double standard :-). This time we ventured up to the top floor. I really don’t have much to add to that review. The upstairs was at least twice as loud; there was no dancing, just more mingling of people in groups. There were also tables upstairs that appeared to be reserved by people if you’re looking to have a seat instead of just stand around. It is largely just a crowd of people talking though. Quite the different atmosphere from the other floor, the top floor may be able to hold larger groups, but the other floor holds all the ambience.
To end the glorious night, we ventured to Ben’s Chili Bowl and gave in to a final indulgence. All in all, it was a great night. I may be getting too much of a U Street reputation though – time to switch up neighborhoods.