The Science Club Where The Washingtonian Geeks Will Be Very Disappointed
January 12, 2010 Leave a comment
It is time to cover another awesome Washington landmark. Well, this one is not really a landmark, but a pretty cool lounge with awesome happy hours and wonderful ambiance. The place is Science Club – a pretty cool restaurant, lounge, and bar right at 19 & M St. NW in downtown, DC. Depending on the number of people inside the place, you could also dance, but not really a dance place.
I like the concept of Science Club – a vegetarian lounge, situated in downtown DC to attract office-types, with small plates and music. However, I’m not sure that vision is executed properly there. The “science” aspect of the place is lost. I guess, because I come from a nerdy background and that is the first thing I was expecting to find in the place. I was also little bit disappointed for the lack of a science theme . Their Website has one. The club doesn’t. After spending some serious time on Science Club’s really well-done website, I was super excited for the science theme. It wasn’t carried out in the actual bar. All I noticed was a microscope business card holder. You will not find anything science or geeky related in this place. There is a blackboard in front of the bar where, supposedly, back in the day, a bunch of professors used to scribble the complex formula to score with hot chicks. They’ve long since erased this magical equation, but if you spray the board with lemon juice and place it under an ultra-violet light, the secrets will reveal themselves!
Although the place is only 10 minutes walk from where I live in Dupont Circle, I have been visited the place only six or seven times past three years. Science Club seems to be the current hipster-hang out of choice in Dupont Circle. The atmosphere’s alright, a bit crowded, though; gloomy, even. The service has always been very friendly and nice. Very vegetarian-friendly. They have a fantastic all-vegetarian menu, very reasonably priced. I had the veggie burger and fries with vegan aioli. Yummy! The homemade veggie burger is truly awesome, with perfect French fries. Vegan aioli on the side. Vodka tonic and a good friend to dine with, made for an awesome dinner. No idea how they made the aioli so good,
What I always feel strange about the Science Club, every time I am in there, it feels at the same time small and large. I think it has to do with because it is often crowded when you walk in, but there is also a back room and a large basement bar. There is also a pretty interesting mixture of people hanging out there. In all my trips to Science club, it seemed like the upstairs was dominated by pretentious types and the downstairs was mostly normal people. When it isn’t winter, they have a great outside area where it is a lot of fun to sit and chill. The beer selection is decent and not overly priced and I remember the bar service being surprisingly good.
As for the layout, Science Club is set up to be so laid-back drinking establishment in DC, without being so boring it will put you to sleep. Its a “cozy” building with low lights, wood and brick theme, and some funky lounge beats in the background. The bar and the main dance floor downstairs, some quieter areas with tables upstairs. Science Club has heavy wooden tables, low lighting to set the mood, and a DJ pumping out unidentifiable jams. If you are looking for a place to dance, this “club” really isn’t it, but it’s a laid-back place to drink with a very chill vibe. There is a good amount of room so you can invite a big group, but it’s divided into rooms that are narrow and cozy so there’s not a big warehouse feel. The main floor dining room is super mellow and relaxing – it’s a great spot for a date.
Your usual crowd is intellectual people just looking to sit, have a wine, mixed drink, or beer including organic beer :-) , and have a nice conversation. You won’t see the frat-boy crowd, and you won’t see your divas. Attitudes are checked at the door, so don’t bring one!
1136 19th St NW Washington, DC
Nearest Transit via Metro:
Farragut North (Red)
Farragut West (Blue, Orange)
Here is a video of the place I found on youtube. Hope you understand it :-)