ESL History

"Enough energy for a party, but also a place where people are able to socialize in an intimate environment"

"Enough energy for a party, but also a place where people are able to socialize in an intimate environment" is what owner, and Executive Creative Director Farid Nouri felt Washington, DC needed when he opened the Eighteenth Street Lounge in 1995. After almost two decades of premiere house parties, Farid’s vision has created a legacy unmatched by any other venue in the District.

The Eighteenth Street Lounge unknowingly changed the face of DC’s dance music culture forever. The Lounge has been independently operated and curated since its inception in 1995.

Energy. Music. Culture. 

The Eighteenth Street Lounge is dedicated to providing Washington DC with the greatest regional and world-class DJ talent, as well as live music ranging from traditional Jazz and Funk, to Reggae and a hybrid of Latin sounds.

"You’ll find a laid-back space and a welcoming vibe that keeps locals and visitors coming back"

"It seems as if everyone who has ever lived in Washington has found themselves on the vintage sofas at ESL at least once"

"A multilevel row house, with room after room of velvet couches and fireplaces, awaits you"

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