Dupont Circle, Washington DC

    About Gazuza

    4214 1705

    The latest hot spot for Dupont Circle lounge lizards, this 'hookah bar' is brought to you by the team who started the magnificent Chi-Cha Lounge. With a fantastic patio overlooking Connecticut Avenue, expect to find suits, style slaves and Capitol Hill interns sipping martinis and cosmos in the open air while those who've come a little late look to pounce on the spare tables from inside. The interior is all modish glass and metal, with low-slung wood tables that are instantly eye-catching. True, it can be a little hard to lie back and relax, but the friendliest mingling is always done standing up anyway. Card swapping takes place over apple martinis and although a gay professional crowd tends to dominate, it's relaxed and stylish enough for all to feel at home, though it does get busy at peak times and the music can get a little loud if you're after a quiet night (especially later on, when they tend to ramp it up a bit). When it gets rammed the service may be less attentive than you'd like, though the staff do tend to be friendly and helpful even if occasionally they seem a little overwhelmed. Bar snacks are mainly sushi and similar (nobody really comes here for the food). The happy hour is also popular, offering some good deals if you're on a budget (though in fairness this isn't a particularly pricey spot even outside of happy hour, which goes a long way to explaining its perennial popularity with the twentysomething crowd).

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