Policy opened its doors in 2009 in the revived U Street Corridor area, proclaiming a renovation in D.C. nightlife; no velvet ropes, no expensive bottle service minimums to keep you and your guests from relaxing in one of their lounge areas. Hence the name Policy, the restaurant/lounge stays true to its open door policy as long as you arrive early enough to grab a seat upstairs in the lounge or come early to enjoy eclectic specialty cocktails at the main bar, sample from the unique menu, or enjoy the second floor outdoor patio.
The décor is sleek and stylish accented with art by street artist Andrew Funk and Drew Nussbaum. The ceiling is a gleaming black, which frames the first floors bright red vinyl booths, and glittering chandeliers, which give Policy a trendy, upscale diner, feel. The upstairs lounge and marble and glass bar is punctuated with art graffiti and has a cozy, relaxed vibe and outdoor patio.
With an extensive list of specialty cocktails like the Pearfect Martini an interesting blend of Grey Goose Pear, Orchard Pear Cordial, St. Germaine, and Champagne, to the Lychee-Lemongrass Mojito a mix of Bacardi, fresh citrus, lychee, mint, lemongrass-cane syrup, and soda water, and even a selection of Absinthe which the bartender presents in a slow drip Absinthe fountain in a grand display on the bar or at your table.
Policy chef Brian Murphy serves small, yet flavorful, plates which are meant to be shared like the grilled hanger steak with Shiitake mushrooms, green beans, and edamame puree, and the Madras Curry Lamb sliders with Gorgonzola, and mint pesto. There is also a vast selection of vegetarian dishes for those who prefer to avoid meat.
Fridays and Saturdays have live DJs spinning Old School, Hip Hop, Top 40s and Mash Ups starting around 10 PM.
Call 202.387.7654 or visit http://policydc.com/.
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