THE HATCHET'S 2015 BEST OF NORTHWEST
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Location: 2317 18th St. NW
Runners up: El Rey, Shenanigans
Brass Monkey has long been a go-to for GW students looking to spend a night out dancing.
The multiple levels bring together all the components of a great, loud bar, including karaoke in the basement, a rooftop lounge and plenty of dance floors. The half dozen staircases can make the place seem like an endless maze that is impossible to navigate while intoxicated.
The ground floor of Brass Monkey has an Italian restaurant called Spaghetti Garden that’s open until 10 p.m. That’s when the whole building transforms into a dimly lit bar where you can dance until the wee hours to Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj.
On weekend evenings, all seven rooms are crowded with students and young professionals. If it gets too crowded or too loud, grab a slice of pizza at the nearby Jumbo Slice, or head to any of Adam’s Morgan’s other bars.
-Mary Ellen McIntire