Now, more than two years later, the high-energy, neon-drink-infused concert hall that can accommodate 450 revelers has finally arrived. Conveniently located on the tourist-heavy Penn Quarter strip, the 6,000 square foot party area opened on Saturday, November 19 (900 7th Street NW). The menu’s main item – buckets of booze that double as take-out souvenirs – hopes to make the rowdy addition near Capital One Arena a draw for foreigners, college students and bachelorette parties.
With bars in 15 US cities (the closest is Philly) and an at-sea program with Norwegian Cruise Lines, Howl at the Moon is known for its dueling piano show, where two pianists take turns answering song requests. a crowd. There are also often guitars and drums.
“You can go from Bruce Springsteen to Doja Cat in no time, and they do it so well,” DC sales and events manager Kara Lally told Eater.
Clubs also invite live cover bands to play a variety of upbeat party anthems. Traveling tribute shows “Howl2Go” (think Billy Joel and Elton John impersonators) also make appearances from coast to coast.
Technicolor, oversized alcoholic beverages are the main menu attraction at Howl locations. Highlighter-tinted “Party Drinks,” like the Rum Hurricanes, come in 12-ounce glasses (as well as 32- and 86-ounce buckets for $24 and $36, respectively).
The “Sex on the Moon,” billed as its “most popular” bucket, is made with tropical vodka punch, peach schnapps, pineapple and orange juice, and grenadine. “Hot Girl Summer” blends lemon and coconut rums with watermelon and coconut and Red Bull berries.
Howl at the Moon is not a restaurant and does not claim to be. Instead, the venue hopes to fill a nighttime void in a neighborhood that’s already packed with top-notch dining options.
“Where we are located precisely, there are not really many clubs around us”, explains Lally.
She claims this place has a more “upscale” and “professional” feel than some of the other Howl at the Moons in order to better appeal to DC residents. While food isn’t a priority at Howl at the Moon locations, Lally says Howl DC will eventually serve some kind of bar snacks. For now, events will be supported by an outside provider.
Shots ($10) include sweet concoctions like Bartender Howl’s “Strawberry Shortcake” (whipped cream vodka, strawberry puree, whipped cream), “Morning Skrew” (peanut butter whiskey, apple, orange juice) and “Cinnamon Toast” (rumchata liqueur, fireball). An Instagram logo next to some drinks on the menu indicates which ones would be most photo-worthy (a tropical “trash can” constructed with blue curacao is one).
If its list of sweet cocktails ($13) isn’t your jam, customers can also request just about any mixed drink under the sun.
“You want that specialty cocktail, we’ve got it for you. We’ve got all the ingredients for pretty much anything anyone could ask for,” she says.
Sunday through Tuesday nights are available for buyouts, and the public is welcome the rest of the week — with a $10 cover charge — from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and on Saturday.
The bar also offers canned seltzers and cocktails and a wine list suitable for the ultimate non-connoisseur (everything is Barefoot and Sutter Home). The beers ($7-$8) show some love for locals like Atlas and Dogfish Head.
There are also holiday-themed drinks, shots, and buckets like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Years, plus free happy hour giveaways. Its first big party is scheduled for Friday, November 25, with Black Friday deals like $3 Miller Lites, $5 Cinnamon Apples, and Honeycrisp Harvest Buckets.