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Posted at 2:33 PM ET, 08/12/2008

The Current Clubbing News

By Fritz Hahn

After being shut for renovations for more than a year, the former Dragonfly lounge and sushi bar on Connecticut Avenue -- will open to the public as Current tonight. "We're eight months behind," says manager Mood Bacho, adding that costs soared way over budget and that some pieces aren't finished yet, including the back deck.

No matter. The sound system is in, the sushi bar is ready, the custom-made aluminum chairs are in place, the bar is stocked, and everyone's invited to see the place for themselves. The first floor is similar to Dragonfly, at least in spirit, with a sushi bar and all white walls on which images will be projected. (Dragonfly, for those who don't remember, used to show anime and kung fu flicks.) There's no cover to hang out on the main floor any night of the week.

Upstairs is the "nightclub" area, where DJs will spin and patrons can reserve tables for bottle service: $500 minimum for eight people, up to a huge "Captain's Table" for 20 that requires a $2,000 tab. There will be a cover charge to get to the second floor, which depends on that evening's promoter.

Bacho says that unlike many new lounges, Current won't take a hard line with the dress code. "Dress cool," he advises. "Trendy cool is what I'm looking for, more than just a collared shirt. Jeans are okay, Pumas are okay. No hoodies or sweats or athletic wear."

Doors open at 5, and there's an open bar from 8 to 10. Can't make it tonight? There are a series of opening parties this week: Absolute Addiction is hosting on Thursday, offering free admission between 10 and midnight, Jetset Mafia is launching Friday, and the DC A-List promotions group is handling Saturday. (See those Web sites for more information on guestlists, etc.)

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | August 12, 2008; 2:33 PM ET
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sounds like a great club

Posted by: ecafeht | August 12, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: MNMNT | August 14, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Went a few times to soft openings...Absurdly expensive drinks. 15 dollar long islands, 10 dollar weak mixed drinks. Cool atmosphere, but the music was also quite banal (poppy house, 80s housey mashups and hip hop top 40 mix). The club shouldn't be aspiring to be Josephine, but look more towards what Dragonfly used to be, an Oasis in a desert of Dupont Club Scene...

Posted by: DCer | August 19, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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