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CLOSED: Current Sushi and Lounge

CLOSED: Current Sushi and Lounge

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Post Date: August 08, 2011

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Current Sushi and Lounge, Washington DC

  • Venue Type: Restaurant and Lounge
  • Estimated Size: 400 people
  • Amenities: 3 Floors, VIP Table Service, Rooftop, Patio, Private Events
  • Cover Charge: $10-$20
  • Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 5 pm – 2 am (dinner until 11 pm)
    Friday: 5 pm – 3 am (dinner until midnight)
    Saturday: 6:30 pm – 3 am (dinner until midnight)
  • Dress Code: Fashionable / cool but casual
  • Age Requirement: Tuesday and Thursday: 18+ Friday and Saturday: 21+
  • Location: Dupont Circle
  • Address: 1215 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036   202.955.5525
  • Website:
  • Atmosphere: Not your average sushi bar! Great food, good music, and stylish interior. Stepping into Current is like partying in a luxury yacht.
Venue Overview

Current offers a sophisticated combination of fine dining with a sleek lounge atmosphere. A staple for locals during happy hour and popular spot for after dark dancing and lounging, Current serves up both some of the city’s best sushi and nightlife vibes.

Conceived of as “an ultra-futuristic luxury yacht,” says partner Richard Koch, Current boasts two floors, fully stocked bars, an interactive sushi bar and cool atmosphere. Along with the artistic touches of portholes and overhead ribs, a projection screen adds to the lounge’s nautical vibe as it plays sweeping ocean views, as well as hit movies.

The delicacies of Head Sushi Chef Niki Shimasaki and kitchen of Toyaki Kitamura satisfy the appetites of Current’s hungry patrons until 11 pm on weekdays and midnight on the weekends. Climbing the floating staircase to upstairs, a rotation of predominantly local DJs keeps the crowd jamming into the night on the translucent dance floor or grooving along on the row of couches. Keep on going and you’ll hit the rooftop for some fresh air and more dancing. The music selection at Current covers a variety of genres and is anything from house and electronic to mash-ups, top 40s, and hits songs from the past 30 years.

current upstairs +patio

While table reservations are readily available, a seat at the “Captain’s Table” is the pinnacle of Current’s exquisite bottle service options. For $2,000 minimum, the Captain’s Table seats up to 20 guests, offers great views of outside, and has a private elevator that shoots straight to street level without having to wait in line.

Since Current isn’t a colossal venue but has plenty to offer, entry is best recommended earlier in the night. After working up a sweat upstairs dancing, be sure to also check out the chill outdoor patio in back.

  • Monday: Hip hop
  • Tuesday: Industry night
  • Wednesday: European night
  • Thursday: College night
  • Friday and Saturday: International
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Email Oscar Guardado at or call (202) 258-1567.


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