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remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Palermo FC ()
Date: March 14, 2012 11:35PM

just saw a thread about worst bars in VA. how about the old school clubs we used to hit in 90s - 00s?

Anastasia's - in Georgetown on the corner of M/Wisconsin, above where the Banana Republic is. that place had a fair amount of jarheads up in there back in early 90s.

Fifth Column - F st, down by Zola's/Spy Museum. location has bank pillars on outside, went through a bunch of different names (The Bank, Home, etc). Great techno back in the day but then all the filthy foreigners started coming.

Babylon - right next to Fifth Column. Same scenario. They had a night where the showed porn movies on the wall with the hard trance. I'm wondering how chicks didnt feel totally skeeved up in there. Also eventually overrun by filthy foreign types, complete savages.

Tracks - down in SE where the stadium was. place was both seedy and scary outside, and was for jam experts most nights. They had a straight night that was pretty clutch though where they brought in some solid DJs. Saw the Prodigy there before they blew up, back in early 90s.

Buzz - both locations were also in sketchy SE, but some of the best ever electronic acts played there. defined the DC electronica scene.

Rasputin Lounge - right across street from Urban Outfitters in DC, on M st. i worked at this joint back in mid 90s, it was mostly early Taliban types, but had some good Eurodance tunes going.

Dragonfly - Connecticut Ave, mid-town. next to Lucky Bar. when this place first opened in late 90s, damn it was clutch. All minimal, drum/bass tunes, cool as hell bartenders. i miss that place a lot. much better than 12-Twenty-Taliban a few doors down.

Red - Corner of N/Connecticut, around corner from 18th St Lounge and Andalu. Might have been the best deep house venue for late night the city has ever seen. Didnt get crowded til 3am, good til 5am. Best place to end a night.

Andalu - Under-rated house/electronic underground venue right next to 18st Lounge. small, narrow, but had some good local djs and hot chicks.

Gazuza - Connecticut ave in Dupont. Open air onto connecticut patio, plus live bongos with the house tunes, made for a solid night.

Now, its all these s-holes on K st with savages and filthy animals. I miss those old days.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Warhawk ()
Date: March 15, 2012 12:24AM

I was never in to the clubs, but I remember going to the 5th column and Anastasia's. Is LuLu's still around? An ex girlfriend liked going there. I haven't been to a DC club in 15 years.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: oc ()
Date: March 15, 2012 12:51AM

was an absolute regular at Tracks back in the day...Jay the bartender would make the strongest drinks imaginable every Thurs. between 9 and 10:30 when it was $5 cover and free drinks...ah, those were the days. :D
Also frequented Fifth Column and even went to that male strip club across the street called Wet, heh. Ah, youth... /wistful

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Nogoats ()
Date: March 15, 2012 12:53AM

I remember tracks, saw the bad brains there.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: oc ()
Date: March 15, 2012 12:57AM

They had like a goth side and a club kids side...got sucked into the Club Kids side one time, and barely escaped...so many platform sneakers... /shudder

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Nogoats ()
Date: March 15, 2012 01:01AM

Nogoats Wrote:
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> I remember tracks, saw the bad brains there.

yup, 1995 http://www.hardcoreshowflyers.com/2009/06/25/bad-brains-tracks-washington-dc-5-9-95/

Anyone remember Fri night at Nations, when they had buzz? Some cunty fox 5 producer lead to that getting shut down around 1999.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: miss those ()
Date: March 15, 2012 03:03AM

hahaha miss those places....kinda... had fun in there I remember on night in the 90's I pissed on a girls feet w/o her knowing when I was drunk at a foam party at Buzz and got a BJ from her like 10 minutes later LOL, and been in all those places shit, I am getting old!

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Hey Palermo ()
Date: March 15, 2012 03:30AM

Hey Palermo, just exactly how gay are you? Because you sound pretty gay.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Leonard ()
Date: March 15, 2012 04:50AM

Now all youse got is So Addictive in herndon?


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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Kittie ()
Date: March 15, 2012 05:13AM

Palermo FC Wrote:
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> just saw a thread about worst bars in VA. how
> about the old school clubs we used to hit in 90s -
> 00s?
>
> Anastasia's - in Georgetown on the corner of
> M/Wisconsin, above where the Banana Republic is.
> that place had a fair amount of jarheads up in
> there back in early 90s.
>
> Fifth Column - F st, down by Zola's/Spy Museum.
> location has bank pillars on outside, went through
> a bunch of different names (The Bank, Home, etc).
> Great techno back in the day but then all the
> filthy foreigners started coming.
>
> Babylon - right next to Fifth Column. Same
> scenario. They had a night where the showed porn
> movies on the wall with the hard trance. I'm
> wondering how chicks didnt feel totally skeeved up
> in there. Also eventually overrun by filthy
> foreign types, complete savages.
>
> Tracks - down in SE where the stadium was. place
> was both seedy and scary outside, and was for jam
> experts most nights. They had a straight night
> that was pretty clutch though where they brought
> in some solid DJs. Saw the Prodigy there before
> they blew up, back in early 90s.
>
> Buzz - both locations were also in sketchy SE, but
> some of the best ever electronic acts played
> there. defined the DC electronica scene.
>
> Rasputin Lounge - right across street from Urban
> Outfitters in DC, on M st. i worked at this joint
> back in mid 90s, it was mostly early Taliban
> types, but had some good Eurodance tunes going.
>
> Dragonfly - Connecticut Ave, mid-town. next to
> Lucky Bar. when this place first opened in late
> 90s, damn it was clutch. All minimal, drum/bass
> tunes, cool as hell bartenders. i miss that place
> a lot. much better than 12-Twenty-Taliban a few
> doors down.
>
> Red - Corner of N/Connecticut, around corner from
> 18th St Lounge and Andalu. Might have been the
> best deep house venue for late night the city has
> ever seen. Didnt get crowded til 3am, good til
> 5am. Best place to end a night.
>
> Andalu - Under-rated house/electronic underground
> venue right next to 18st Lounge. small, narrow,
> but had some good local djs and hot chicks.
>
> Gazuza - Connecticut ave in Dupont. Open air onto
> connecticut patio, plus live bongos with the house
> tunes, made for a solid night.
>
> Now, its all these s-holes on K st with savages
> and filthy animals. I miss those old days.


Dragonfly is now called Current and it has a nice rooftop. Gazuza is still around..I've only been there for happy hour though.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Palermo FC ()
Date: March 15, 2012 07:25AM

fri @ buzz was the seminal electronic night for DC in late 90s early 00s - scott henry and crew did it right.

other places:

The Edge - also in SE, very gritty but good hard techno

Five - next 18th St Lounge/Andalu on Connecticut, had some good djs come through but also too many mainstreet/hathead/savages

The goth/industrial section of Tracks was pretty solid - played Front 242, Ministry and the likes. DJ Mohawk Adam was a character, i remember him working at the old Smash which was down very close to Key Bridge on the other side of M st back in late 80s/early 90s.

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Re: remember these clubs in d c
Date: June 14, 2012 01:00AM

I do not remember any of those clubs. I am old school. I grew up in thr 1960's - 1970's. The 1980's was cool also. Down to earth. Disco and old school rap & r&b.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: 18th&Conn ()
Date: June 14, 2012 06:42AM

Just in the off chance anyone is interested, there's a Red Reunion party this Friday night (tomorrow 6/14/2012) at U Street Music Hall w/ Sam Burns, Doug Smith, Tom B, Kostas & Master Kev.

$10, free before 11pm

Should be a stone cold gas

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: bars to remember ()
Date: June 14, 2012 08:12AM


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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Bozodog ()
Date: June 14, 2012 05:36PM

When the drinking age for beer was 18.. they served beer in paper cups (can't hurt anyone hitting them over the head with a paper cup) and your feet stuck to the floor..

The Bayou
The Keg
The Roundtable
Macs
Nwe Macs
The Celar Door
The Tombs
After to Little Tavern

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Dabootybandit ()
Date: June 14, 2012 07:03PM

monday night was the best night at Fifth Column it was college night great music and crowd there was always a line stretched down the block if it was your first time going there good luck getting in lol.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: buzzzzzzzzz ()
Date: June 15, 2012 12:11AM


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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: semiauto ()
Date: June 15, 2012 01:03AM

I remember a place called the vault that was next to the fifth columm,it was a blast.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: allivant ()
Date: June 15, 2012 06:42AM

buzz was a staple in my youth. i got 2nd in a halloween costume contest as optimus prime one year. netted me free entrance for a year. i always stayed in the dnb room.

five was fun, although we joked it was called five because that's how many girls were there.

tracks was great. ah the days of downing 40s in the car, underaged.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: BB*X ()
Date: June 15, 2012 03:35PM

"Anyone remember Fri night at Nations, when they had buzz?"

I remember seeing shows at Nation when it was still called Capitol Ballroom. We stumbled out of there one night and could not for the life of us find our one buddy. We looked for him for a half hour before this homeless guy comes walking up with our buddy hanging off his shoulder. He told us he found him laying in the gutter passed out and recognized him from when we parked so he helped our buddy get back to the car. Who does that, especially in SE DC at 3am.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: ahh, back in the day ()
Date: June 15, 2012 09:02PM

I remember Poseurs nightclub in Georgetown.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Oldskewl ()
Date: June 15, 2012 09:43PM

I was an underage doorman at The Vault in '89. It became Babylon (as referenced in OPs post) a couple years later. As I recall their was a fatal shooting on the dance floor when it was Babylon. It's had several name changes since and I believe it's presently known as Ultrabar.

Best perk working their was being able to walk across the street and go into the original 9:30 Club for free anytime. In fact, "club courtesy" was granted anywhere around the city back in those days. Tracks, Fifth Column, Cities, Chief Ike's Mambo Room, Z Club etc etc. Shit was so cash.

Another side note about The Vault.....famous actor/musician Jared Leto was an underage doorman there too, just before I started working there. He was still hanging out there all the time.

It's probably just me being an old fuck now....but in recent years I've found DC clubs to be extremely lame.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Useless() ()
Date: June 16, 2012 09:19AM

This thread is useless without a mention of Sports Fans down on M Street. That place was the shit back in the early 90's. Thursday night all you can drink ( Draft Beer ) was like $10 bucks or something and if you need some high octane, you could get $2 test tube shooters. Believe it went under after a fight spilled out into the street and resulted in a shooting.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Butsa Rhymes ()
Date: June 19, 2012 04:07PM

Used to Frequent

"The Ritz"
"Quigleys"
and "Chicagos"

I was getting in DC clubs at 16....so by the time I was old enough, I didn't really care for it...I had more fun hitting local bars. Drinks were much cheaper too...lol.

Had some good times in DC though. I remember we were chillin in the same lounge as Boys to Men and Salt n Pepa in THE RITZ...wow....took a brotha back..lol

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Hank Moody ()
Date: June 19, 2012 05:07PM

Red was cool. Seemed there was always a snow storm in the rest room.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: x666x ()
Date: June 20, 2012 07:20AM

Fuck Red and all the losers that frequented it.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Back ()
Date: June 23, 2012 09:12AM

who cares

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: gggg ()
Date: June 27, 2012 12:11AM

Odds!

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: @gggg ()
Date: June 27, 2012 07:30PM

GGGG

Didn't that place have a killer all you could drink special mid week. If I'm thinking of the same place they had these cheap ass plastic disposable pitchers that were about 3/4 the size of a gallon size paint can but with a handle. It had a front area with maybe high tables and a big open area in the back for dancing.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Gggg ()
Date: June 28, 2012 08:56AM

@gggg Wrote:
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> GGGG
>
> Didn't that place have a killer all you could
> drink special mid week. If I'm thinking of the
> same place they had these cheap ass plastic
> disposable pitchers that were about 3/4 the size
> of a gallon size paint can but with a handle. It
> had a front area with maybe high tables and a big
> open area in the back for dancing.

Thats the one :)

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Sports Fans ()
Date: June 28, 2012 01:33PM

Sports Fans was the Shit...the cheap beer, the fights, the chicks...I got head in the the far corner near the old DJ booth by the boxing ring from some slut I use to bang back in the day......amazing I never got a DWI leaving that place on I66!

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Spen ()
Date: June 28, 2012 01:59PM

Nation was tight, but too many under aged kids rolling, and too many cuddle puddles for me.

Red was the best club I've been to in the DC area.Great music, great vibe, and what was best about it, it was so hidden that you could be standing outside of the doors and not realize it was there! Many nights were spent hitting up Five and then Red until 6 am.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Jeffrey ()
Date: April 19, 2013 06:13PM

Don't forget the Pier, the Club House, Cities in Adams Morgan and the Library In G town

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Ralph Pootawn ()
Date: April 19, 2013 06:46PM

I went to Tracks a few times in high school because my crazy g/f loved it. I never really had fun there - just ate acid and sat on the bleachers outside at the volleyball court. After high school a bunch of friends started going to Buzz and became those "candy-rolling" club kids with the glow sticks and all. That's about when I started to clean up.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Oldy Olderson ()
Date: April 20, 2013 03:39AM

Another Thursday night at Tracks regular here, goth side of course. Jay the bartender recently died. I thought I was special 'cause he always knew what I wanted, then I realized he knew what everybody wanted.

There was never a club called "Buzz". The club was The Capital Ballroom, then Nation. Saw so many punk shows there and was a regular at all the gothic/industrial nights as well. A few of my friends would go to Buzz there, but they couldn't drag me to go on Fridays.

Anastasia's? I think that might be the space that was Annie Oakley's in the 80's. Used to go there before Poseur's opened. After that Poseur's was the only bar I'd go to in Georgetown.

Anyone remember the old 9:30, or the new 9:30 Club back when it was still WUST Radio Hall? Saw my first real live punk show there back in '84 or so.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: kiki ()
Date: April 20, 2013 07:36AM

How about:
Insect Club
Z club ( lame)
15 minute Club - insdie a Chinese Restaurant...soo fun!
Lulu's was fun for Happy Hour

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: sdw2 ()
Date: April 20, 2013 12:43PM

Ahhh Z Club on Zei Street? That place was great hahah

Other places I recall from mid to late 90's:
-VIP Club (actually pretty decent place that closed when a developer came in to revamp the entire side of F street)
-Insomnia
-RnR Lounge (early 2000)
-Platinum/Bank
-Dream (before Love)
-Polyesther's (before the floor collapsed)
-Surf Themed Club they always advertised on Z104 (what was that POS place called?)
-Cities (in Adam's Morgan)

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: sd2w2 ()
Date: April 20, 2013 12:44PM

Golden triangle also had The Garage and Five in the early 90's

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Oldy Olderson ()
Date: April 20, 2013 12:51PM

kiki Wrote:
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> How about:
> Insect Club
> Z club ( lame)
> 15 minute Club - insdie a Chinese Restaurant...soo
> fun!
> Lulu's was fun for Happy Hour


I went to the Insect Club once. I remember they had chex mix with real crickets and meal worms.

Yea! 15 Minutes! I remember that place. Went there a bunch of times. They had a fishbone sign as I recall.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Dance club cafeteria? ()
Date: April 20, 2013 05:15PM

I have fuzzy memories of going into DC around 1993 to some huge club that was within a cafeteria. At midnight, everyone would put down their drinks and go thru a cafeteria line and get food. Weird, but fun. Anyone else remember this place?

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Oldy Olderson ()
Date: April 21, 2013 02:44AM

Dance club cafeteria? Wrote:
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> I have fuzzy memories of going into DC around 1993
> to some huge club that was within a cafeteria. At
> midnight, everyone would put down their drinks and
> go thru a cafeteria line and get food. Weird, but
> fun. Anyone else remember this place?


Was it in a basement, like near Georgetown, but not quite in Georgetown? I went to some club like that in the 80's, but I forget the name.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: boxorox ()
Date: April 21, 2013 12:31PM

Vegas Lounge for some hot Go-Go. The chicks there could dance.

Kilimanjaro for the Afro-pop and Reggae, couldn't be beat!

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Gerrymanderer2 ()
Date: April 21, 2013 01:34PM

Babylon, Fifth Column were alright.

Zei Alley was the best. Nothing compared with Glow. I don't care what club in D.C. you reference. That was the climax.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Gerrymanderer2 ()
Date: April 21, 2013 01:36PM

Yeah, Nation was tight too. I saw Oakenfold and Madonna there. Good memories there too. Zei Alley/Glow was just off the charts, never will happen again type experience.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: cinerex ()
Date: April 22, 2013 09:10AM

Someplace Else Club

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: April 22, 2013 09:30AM

Oldy Olderson Wrote:
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>
> Anyone remember the old 9:30, or the new 9:30 Club
> back when it was still WUST Radio Hall? Saw my
> first real live punk show there back in '84 or so.

It was still open up until the mid-90s, at least. I saw Mudhoney there in summer of 95. It was the most stage-diving I've ever seen at a show, literally nonstop.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Pass The King Cobra ()
Date: April 22, 2013 07:44PM

Guards down on M street , Mad Hatters, What was the place at the end of the alley behind 3rd Edition ? Odd's was pretty good. Always had cheap draft beer pitcher prices and alot action on the dance floor area towards the back.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: blah blah blah ()
Date: April 23, 2013 06:13PM

To the OP...you must have went to Stuart, Falls Church, or maybe Annandale. We used to run Anastasias every Sunday and hit every other club on your list. At age 17 none the less lol. I shudder when I look at some of these 17 year olds and think did I look that young back then?

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Corona ()
Date: April 25, 2013 06:52AM

How many fights have you all witnessed at these clubs (Tracks, Fifth)? It seemed like there was one every week! It was great, b/c no one pulled guns on each other .. just fist fights and occassional beer bottles thrown.

This was my routine:
Monday - Fifth Column (Pangea)
Tuesday - rest day
Wednesday - can't remember the name, but it was in the same alley as Zei
Thursday - Tracks
Friday - Vault
Saturday - Fifth Column, Vault, or nudey bar

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: nrstrenth ()
Date: May 22, 2013 03:29AM

so it would be nice if someone could suggest where to go now in DC....

Back in the day I loved the Insect Club, 15 minute club, Red, Lulus. But especially Red. Anyone know good places similiar to RED now? Good deep house music?

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Keepie ()
Date: May 22, 2013 07:30PM

An interesting footnote on the Insect Club, I think the building was where Columbia Records started. I went there once, but I was more likely to be across the street at DC Space.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: el floor puncher ()
Date: May 22, 2013 09:43PM

The original 9:30 Club, hands down.

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Re: remember these clubs in DC
Posted by: Earic Patten ()
Date: December 11, 2013 04:16PM

I see that many of you are remembering the days at TRACKS D.C. where I spun in the main room from 89-96... Well I have some Great news.

1. I am moving back to D.C.
2. I will be playing New Years Eve @ Empire in Springfield...the old Jax
- This will be a retro NYE featuring MEGA Dance Hits from the 80's

https://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/messages/read/?tid=id.551090711589061&__user=760124688&soft=side-area

3. I will begin playing regularly in D.C. once again. Playing HOUSE Music
- follow me by clicking "like" on my Facebook page:
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I hope to see you all on the dancefloor!

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