The Sense of Pan-Asia in the Heart of Washington DC

Kamran Abdi

The long awaited Buddha Bar the Washingtonians have been waiting for finally opened  its doors last week.  The joint is located at 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW right across from the Verizon Center.

The bar/lounge/restaurant features the traditional Pan-Asian cuisine with  French influence with a full dinner menu open till 2 am.  Certainly, the place will be an addition to the Washington nightlife.

Everything inside is designed to overwhelm, in terms of opulence, aesthetic and even sheer size.  You  won’t miss the  tall black onyx finished Indonesian Buddha statue welcoming everyone to the place. Their visually  murals of Asian-inspired tattoo art is absolutely breath taking.

The dining room seats about 170 people for a menu that will reflect the Pan-Asian influences of its global predecessors with sushi, hot entrees and a sake list that will blow you away.

Many of you maybe familiar with their popular series of music compilations.   Buddha Bar has put together more than a dozen of them in the lounge that will totally puts you in the mood for a relaxing evening till dawn.  Well, till 2:00 or 3:00 a.m.  which is good enough. Here is one:

They will feature a DJ booth that has been outfitted with the intention of attracting international talent to spin here in DC.  To further sweeten the deal, they’ve even stocked it with a system that allows DJs to play both vinyl and digital albums on the same console.  There may not be an official dance floor, but like most other lounges in DC,  don’t be surprised to see people taking over the restaurant space to dance as the evening wears on.

More than 40 bottles of wine available in addition to the extensive wine list and even an impressive list of beers available on tap and by the bottle.

With all other awesome restaurant and bars in DC, it will be interesting to see how Buddha bar  stacks up against them.  Given Buddha traveled over 10,000 miles from the jungles of Indonesia to serve as the backdrop, I think his restaurant will do good in DC too 🙂

I think with the $10 million investment that was put into the decorations, it’s a pretty safe bet that Buddha Bar will find a sizable niche within the Washington night life community.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

A clip from their opening

More of their albums:

I am sure most of you know remember this one:

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

3 Responses to The Sense of Pan-Asia in the Heart of Washington DC

  1. Jenave Ca says:

    An what makes it so sexy inside?!

  2. Farshid Cage says:

    The food is amazing too.

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