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Posted at 6:43 PM ET, 06/16/2005

NV Fridays Jumps Ship

By Rhome Anderson

Over the past year, Bar Nun found a smart niche that kept its bar registers jingling consistently. Friday night promoters realized that not everyone wants to suffer through the social engineering of upscale clubs, yet folks still want to be around attractive people and a nice atmosphere. With mainstream hip-hop jams courtesy of DJ Jealousy on the bottom floor and thespian soul-hipster W. Ellington Felton dropping underground exclusives upstairs, Bar Nun's NV Fridays turned into a best-of-both-worlds situation. There was so much to look at, listen to and sip on that the $10 cover seemed like an afterthought.

The behind-the-scenes machinations of the club biz can be fickle, though, and two weeks ago the event jumped ship and moved across U Street to Republic Gardens.

From our observational perch, we've seen that the Gardens has been hungry for some event that will give the once proud club some drawing power. In recent months, the club's schedule seems more like a carousel as various promoters rotate in and out of the space. The Gardens must have made the NV folks a good offer to lure them to a club known more for its dress codes and champagne, and it remains to be seen whether NV will be allowed to stick to the formula that made it so attractive at Bar Nun: a relatively low cost, a variety of music and low hassle. The past two Fridays have seen the deployment of the old starpower tactic to drive patronage (guest hosts Lil' Mo and David Banner) but it also seems to have driven up the cover charge.

The quest for the middle ground between a grimy dive and high-end exclusivity in a clubbing experience continues, but it's up in the air on U Street.

-- Rhome

Update: After we posted this, new details came in about NV at The Gardens. They're pulling out the big guns that made the spot legendary in the '90s: a premium open bar from 6 to 8 p.m. and a setting out a free soul food buffet (catfish, jerk chicken, etc.) at 7 p.m. and again at midnight.

By Rhome Anderson  | June 16, 2005; 6:43 PM ET
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Bring back the Kaffa House!

Posted by: Anon | June 17, 2005 9:26 AM | Report abuse

What's happening with AIR? That was a fun evening and the weather's been perfect for it.

Posted by: Kristin | June 17, 2005 12:29 PM | Report abuse

AIR is long gone and doesn't seem to be ripe for a resurgence. Would be nice though.

Posted by: Rhome | June 17, 2005 12:41 PM | Report abuse

If you liked air you should check out the rooftop party at the Hilton on fridays...way better music/dj's, just bring a crew with you.

Posted by: Jess | June 21, 2005 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I second the Kaffa House!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2005 3:48 PM | Report abuse

what's the address for the hilton... and what's the crowd & music like?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2005 4:38 PM | Report abuse

What is going on with This is usually an excellent website with regular postings on local happenings and events. However, it seems that web publisher stop posting events for the summer. The most recent event posting are for June '05. In addition, they don't have "Contact Us" link which makes it difficult to inquire. Has anyone heard the status on what is going on with this website? Thanks.

Posted by: Don | July 21, 2005 11:31 AM | Report abuse seems to have a LOT of the DC area promoters on it. They have passes on there too...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2005 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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