January 26, 2023
4 House Cocktail Lounges Made for Entertaining
4 House Cocktail Lounges Made for Entertaining
A Logan Circle “trendy classic” lounge has unique uncovered brick and ground joists. {Photograph} by Jennifer Hughes.

Fashionable-Classic Speakeasy Vibes

When a pair moved into this 1885 rowhouse on Logan Circle, they have been overwhelmed by the greater than 6,000 sq. ft of area. “It was virtually like, ‘What do you do with all of those rooms?’ ” says DC architect Colleen Healey, who labored on the challenge alongside builder AllenBuilt. One resolution: a lounge on the decrease degree the place the spouse may have pals over for drinks—what Healey calls “the anti man cave.”

As with the remainder of the home, the lounge’s aesthetic is “trendy classic,” says Healey; she stored the supplies uncooked to emphasise the house’s uncovered bones and its preserved parts. Heated concrete flooring, honed black granite counter tops, and black ash cupboards complement the area’s unique brick and unique ground joists within the ceiling. Healey centered the sink towards a former chimney and repurposed an vintage gold tub filler from one of many unique bathtubs as the tap. The island’s wood countertop is product of reclaimed ground joists from one other part of the home.

Lighting within the onetime chimney and between the ceiling’s joists retains the vibe loungey, as does a inexperienced velvet banquette nestled within the bay home windows. A separate outside entrance into the lounge amps up the speakeasy factor. “You’re feeling such as you’re going out to a bar, proper?” Healey says of the area. “It doesn’t really feel to me like going to sit down in somebody’s lounge.”


A Tone-on-Tone Gem

This McLean tone-on-tone whiskey-and-wine room is anchored by Benjamin Moore’s “Rocky Coast.” {Photograph} by Greg Powers.

McLean designer Tracy Morris’s purchasers knew they needed a whiskey room from the beginning. “After I first met them, that’s all they talked about,” she says. The husband and spouse, who’ve two kids, are whiskey and wine lovers and needed their newly constructed McLean house to have a sipping area with a darkish, moody, grownup vibe.

The room is anchored by the suede-wrapped brass Equipment Studio chandelier and the French Accents rug: The high-gloss enamel partitions, which Morris calls a “deep slate-teal” (it’s Benjamin Moore’s “Rocky Coast”), decide up the rug’s blue shades, and the satin-brass {hardware} and lighting on the customized cabinetry mirror the chandelier. The tone-on-tone room offers an enveloping vibe and in addition attracts the attention as much as the ceiling, which is roofed in a geometrical Phillip Jeffries wallpaper. Two of the built-ins have marble counters and shelving for displaying whiskey bottles, with further bottle storage by way of roll-out drawers within the cupboards beneath.

The 4 Bernhardt chairs swivel so visitors can simply chat, and a bench seat overlooks the yard pool—all of the seating is upholstered in the identical slate-teal shade. An ebonized-walnut espresso desk rounds out the dramatic area. “It undoubtedly is a particular gem,” says Morris.


Not One other Residing Room

This Northeast DC lounge has a customized banquette and cork-and-gold partitions. {Photograph} by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

When creator Jason Reynolds purchased the unit above his residence in late 2020—which means he now owned all the townhouse in Kingman Park, simply northeast of Capitol Hill—he didn’t need to duplicate the identical structure. So DC designer Annie Elliott, who additionally designed Reynolds’s unique residence, helped flip the world right into a homey-meets-luxe lounge for entertaining. “The look we went for was informal however subtle,” says Elliott. “He needed every little thing to really feel very heat and welcoming and lived-in, and to inform a narrative.”

A customized blue faux-leather banquette strains one wall, with small cocktail tables for consuming and ingesting. Layered vintage and classic rugs cowl the ground, and beanbag chairs come out for film nights. A projector and retractable display imply no TV plus more room for Reynolds’s artwork assortment—a collection by Congolese photographer Maurice “Pellosh” Bidilou graces the cork-and-gold wall above the banquette, and close by, [email protected] and KAWS collectible figurines stand guard. An old-school-style arcade recreation and an upright piano that belonged to Reynolds’s father spherical out the area.

Within the former kitchen, Elliott eliminated the cupboard doorways and lined the open cupboards with mirrored tile to create a glam liquor cupboard; a foldout walnut tabletop could be positioned on the island to create dinner seating for 4.

The area is now HQ for Reynolds’s pals—some even have their very own keys. “Persons are at all times coming out and in,” he says. “It’s just about an open space for everyone.”


Sensible Meets Glam

The cigar lounge in a Vienna house. {Photograph} by Robert Radifera/Fashionable Productions.

The homeowners of this newly constructed Vienna house, a household of 4, needed to make use of their basement for household gatherings and grownup cocktail events. So DC designer Mariella Cruzado married practicality and glamour: Concrete espresso tables in the principle lounge gained’t flip over if ran into by crawling children, and the rug and white membership chair’s efficiency material can face up to spills. “I like for my purchasers to get pleasure from their houses and never fear,” says Cruzado, who collaborated on the area with Christina Simon of CS Design Studio.

Dramatic touches such because the darkish partitions and gold {hardware} are balanced with natural parts such because the stone fire, wood built-ins, and back-to-back leather-based sofas. The bar’s gold lighting fixtures match its customized gold metal-and-glass cupboards, which look into the walk-in wine cellar behind the bar. A cigar room’s dark-gray Romo wallpaper has gold accents that decide up gentle from the gold sconces and pendant lights. And the customized wingback chairs, couch, and card-table seating are all leather-based—no retaining smoky smells.

A vault door alongside one wall is a James Bond–like strategy to disguise storage. A close-by theater room with a furry sofa (full with its personal comb) gives further storage by way of a secret door behind the built-ins.

A powder room off the bar, with black crocodile wallpaper from Schumacher, purple-­veined marble flooring, and Josh Younger portraits, mirrors the remainder of the vibe, says Cruzado—“dramatic, however traditional and timeless.”

This text appeared within the November 2022 problem of Washingtonian.

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian

House & Options Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s written for The Washington Publish, Backyard & Gun, Outdoors Journal, Washington Metropolis Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Initially from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.