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“Lobbyists, lawyers, and the politically influential as well as DC’s thriving creative class and professionals, will all enjoy St. Yves social atmosphere”

by Prince Of Petworth May 12, 2017 at 10:30 am 77 Comments

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From a press release:

“St. Yves, a newly opened clubhouse, presents an intimate setting steeped in sophisticated glamour. Owned by David Chung and Ki Jun Sung—the team behind some of DC’s most defining nightlife venues of the last two decades including Capitale, Chinese Disco, Mason Inn, George, K Street Lounge, and Daedalus—St. Yves is an instant, Instagramable stunner.

The 150-seat, two-story, historical landmark located at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Jefferson Street, assumes a hybrid occupation of daytime corporate happy hours and special events with evenings and weekends taking on the energy of a late night hot spot. “We have learned so much about the nightlife culture of the DC metro area and have pivoted in a unique way. We present an intimate, elevated social setting that is not a waitlist-restaurant or crowded, delirious bar. It’s providing a place where everyone wants to be,” says co-owner, Ki Jun Sung.

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courtesy St. Yves

The team collaborated with Swatchroom to restore the building’s 12-foot soaring arched windows and classic vestibule with period mosaic tile. The 5,000 square foot space boasts an impressive quartz-topped main bar, a grand chandelier made up of half a mile of custom gold chain links, and a dramatic staircase leading to the exclusive second floor.

A sprawling lenticular image fills one of St. Yves main walls, using the illusion of depth to change and move when viewed from different angles. Tucked away in the corridor of the private bar, a soft and voluminous custom tulle sculpture can be discovered on the ceiling. Guests will look up and marvel at the dream- like artwork, immediately trying to capture it on their phones. These unique installations double as art and as forms of interactivity, a necessary design factor in current social media brag culture. Photography is absolutely encouraged.

“We are honored to be working with such an incredible space. As trusted operators for the last two decades, and with long, respected careers as attorneys, we are ecstatic to bring this historically restored, prime location to life,” says co-owner, David Chung.

As for food and beverage, the menu features caviar service with fine Osetra, Beluga, Sevruga, and salmon varietals. The caviar is served with toast points and classic accompaniments. Pick-and-choose specialty cheeses and house- cured charcuterie are also offered with toast, housemade jams and pickled vegetables. Irresistible bar snacks complete the menu with a rotation of seasonal dishes including spiced marcona almonds, housemade patés, and roasted chicken salad on baguette. St. Yves’ cocktail menu is comprehensive with drinks inspired by the classics and the seasons. The wine list boasts some of the finest champagnes and releases served at the proper temperature for maximum intensity of flavor.

Lobbyists, lawyers, and the politically influential as well as DC’s thriving creative class and professionals, will all enjoy St. Yves social atmosphere. St. Yves is open Tuesdays through Fridays for happy hour at 5:30pm. Friday and Saturday evening hours are 10pm-3am. For the first three weeks of opening, May 5-26, St. Yves will be open Fridays only from 10pm-3am. For reservations call (202) 466-2582.”

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1220 Connecticut Ave, NW

  • timmyp

    Um……No!

  • ANON

    Sounds like a real house wives type of hang out, not for the plebes like me.

    • Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams

      But “DC’s thriving creative class and professionals” are also welcome! I can’t believe they used “class.”

      • anon

        that creative class is REALLY thriving if they are eating caviar at this joint.

        • AnonV2

          I think “creative class” these days is pretty much synonymous with “trust fund young adults without much direction in life”

          • ANON

            i wanna be that

          • John

            Sounds like me minus the trust fund.

  • James W.

    At least they recognize their target market.

    • dcd

      I am (apparently) in their target market (if I shave off 10 years and XX pounds), and I wouldn’t be caught dead here.

    • GreenMonster

      Their target market is people who think that the idea of lobbyists, lawyers and the politically influential is cool; not actual lobbyists, lawyers and the politically influential.

  • MadMax

    “Guests will look up and marvel at the dream- like artwork, immediately trying to capture it on their phones.”
    Shoot me in the face if I ever suggest we go here.

    • timmyp

      I think I might have uttered the exact same words.

      • FridayGirl

        +1

  • stacksp

    Awesome. Just put my ascot in the cleaners….

    • SaraEP

      actual lol

    • textdoc

      Hahaha!

  • hillyeah

    “These unique installations double as art and as forms of interactivity, a necessary design factor in current social media brag culture.”

  • BigD

    I didn’t know Ivanka Trump wrote press releases.

  • chai_town

    When will people realize scenes that may be popular in NY just do not work with the crowd in DC.

    • neighbor

      This is not popular in NY.

      • chai_town

        In the right crowds, it absolutely is. This place will have the same fate as STK.

        • Elvis’s Mom

          In New York they would be called the bridge and tunnel crowd. What is it here?

          • said it

            Woodbridge residents.

          • chai_town

            The across-the-Potomac crowd? (Kidding….)

      • Sydney

        Might be, among the sort that would think Trump Tower is “classy.” (Russian mobsters and tourists from the Midwest.)

  • anon&confused

    oh boy.

  • TX2DC

    *Cringe*

  • AnonV2

    “I say we wait until a Saturday night when the place is full of their target demographic, then take off and nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

  • SaraEP

    I really did laugh out loud… Hard PASS on this one.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Ugh! I hate everything about this.

  • Brooklyn Brawler

    Taking bets on how long they will be open.

    Also looking forward to Laura Humphrey’s selfies under the lighting when she writes about the place :HARD eye roll:

  • Windom

    Come on guys just give it a chance. It sounds like it’s been put together by really nice people who want to help the genuinely good people of DC.

    Just kidding fuck this place.

  • Carey

    “Instagramable stunner” NOPE. And the “thriving” creative class of DC that I know doesn’t have the cash to spend on this sort of extravagance.

  • ST21

    Man, I was hoping this would be a cool spot since I work nearby. Def gonna be closed by the end of the year. Maybe next time.

  • Jay

    I kind of want to go to this place, if only to troll the other customers by acting like I belong here…

    • Bort

      Let me know if you want to go and do a terrible re-enactment of the fancy restaurant scene in Blues Brothers.

      • lisavfr

        Lol. How much for d little girl?

    • ET

      The equivalent of like hate watching some TV show that you wonder how it ever got on air.

      • MadMax

        This is 100% the “Flava of Love” of DC restaurants.

    • CathedralHeightsMetro

      I absolutely plan to troll it.

  • annny

    corny

  • alsdj

    They really shot themselves in the foot with this press release because the space itself does look pretty cool; 18th street lounge-esque?

  • Kingman Park

    “St. Yves is an instant, Instagramable stunner”. So I assume only the fakest of social climbers will be welcome.

  • northeazy

    The people behind this have several successful enterprises to their name. They don’t waste money. Sadly, this place will do well with the princlings, diplomat brats, and wanna-bes that inhabit our city. Good for David Chung and Ki Jun Sung for boldly identifying a wealthy target market from which they can extract cash from.

    • anonymous

      I’m kind of ok with this. If they’re all here and at the Trump Hotel then the rest of us don’t have to deal with them

    • wdc

      “this place will do well with the princlings, diplomat brats, and wanna-bes that inhabit our city”
      That’s exactly what people said about STK.

    • Anonymous

      But will they make you move your bag if you set it next to you on the couch?

  • U st.

    Whoa. Trying WAY too hard. Any finesse is cancelled out by that press release.

    Do I have to bring my bar card to show I’m a lawyer?

  • Moe

    Lobbyists don’t venture that far north/west.
    -A lobbyist.

  • Pebels

    The real genius of these guys is that they sell off their flimsy businesses as soon as the hype & cash dies down to one of the endless supply of utterly clueless wanna be bar owners in DC. Hats off to them for being good at business I guess but it’s just another douche bar de jour.

  • pcat

    Back in the day the River Club in Georgetown provided this kind of atmosphere and a place for over-20 somethings to dance and meet folks. It would be really great if this place would do that — although I’m guessing it won’t.

    • JMo

      Glad someone else here remembers the River Club!

  • Anonymous

    I hope they have valet for all the Potomac and McLean clowns that will drive here. Lots of half buttoned shirts with copious amounts of protruding chest hair *gag*

    • northeazy

      What’s wrong with chest hair?

      • Vered

        The hair itself? Nothing. It the protruding that’s gross.

  • anon

    I have a long list of people who I think would be very interested in going to this place. Unfortunately they are all the people I intentionally avoid in DC.

  • CathedralHeightsMetro

    Nothing screams, “I’m not actually rich but want to pretend I am by doing what I imagine rich people do” than hanging out in place with “a grand chandelier made up of half a mile of custom gold chain links” and “caviar service.”

    Also it reminds me of Entertainment 720 from Parks and Rec.

    • timmyp

      Yes!!! Maybe instead of getting Detlef Schrempf to hang out they can pay Big George Muresan to be the former NBA celeb.
      Admittedly I would go to this place is Jean-Ralphio were a real person and hung out there.

      • Old

        +1. I love a good Parks and Rec reference and a good reference to 1990s NBA basketball.

  • occasional DJ

    “the team behind some of DC’s most defining nightlife venues of the last two decades including Capitale, Chinese Disco, Mason Inn, George, K Street Lounge, and Daedalus” — I don’t even recognize most of those names.

    • timmyp

      I was thinking the same thing. Know Mason Inn which is fine and K St. Lounge, which I was dragged to twice for birthday parties when I was younger, and wanted to slit my wrists within 5 minutes. The rest I’ve never heard of.

      • skj84

        I’ve been to George as a stop on a pub crawl. My group got there right at open and it already smelled like puke. As the night went on I quipped to my friend “this is where fun goes to die”. I do know the others, not my speed at all.

      • northeazy

        No offense at all, but the fact you never heard of these places is because you aren’t their target demographic. I know some people that go to George. It is basically just a club to keep certain, shall we say, undesirables, out. You probably do not mind mixing it up with a diverse crowd (I do not necessarily mean race) so you not look for places like George. But there are many people who like to be around their own type so these places thrive among a certain sect.

    • MadMax

      Clearly you’ve been missing out on the most defining happenings in DC nightlife.

    • divebar311

      Daedalus closed a while back, like early 2000’s I think.

      K Street lounge was popular back when the K Street club/lounge scene emerged in the early 2000’s when Lotus, Lima, Tattoo, Josephines and Park and 14th were all open and doing well.

      Not sure why the press release would mention bars that are closed..bad sign, no?

      • occasional DJ

        Exactly.

  • Elvis’s Mom

    I had to look up “lenticular” and there is one definition that related it to being shaped like a lentil. If, in fact, this place has made a giant lentil into art, then and only then will I go.

    • ANON

      bro didn’t you know, lenticular is the new oblong!

      • Elvis’s Mom

        Oh, of course it is. Heh.

  • CPdude

    Wasnt this place supposed to be a bourbon bar? There goes my excitement.

  • FJ

    The serfs, thralls, proletariat, indigent, untouchables, and individuals temporarily experiencing housing insecurity will thrill to stand outside the iron gates, basking in the warm glow of their betters.

  • Vonnie

    I thought the creative thriving class came to DC for the grunge, gritty factor.

  • Ooops

    Lenticular Lenny’s is right by the Mayflower Hotel so it will be draw for tourists who will then return home and talk about their authentic DC experience.

  • Vered

    It looks and sounds so deadly boring and oppressive. I can’t imagine what kind of conversation could be generated in that vast, glittering hall.

  • Garrett Sean

    How about the fact that Alex McCoy has failed multiple times on Georgia Ave, and Crisp hasn’t had a menu update in a year. This dude gets a free pass for being on TV? GTFO

  • StupidFactsDC

    Ironic that this was the late 90s address of a little company called The Polling Company – owned by the one… the only… “Alternative Facts” Spinstress Kellyanne (Fitzpatrick) Conway – well that was her name back then.

  • Catalyst

    LOL!

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