Five is definitely not the hippest spot in town. The people range from well-dressed hotties to the dorks from your office with whom you'd rather not socialize, but if you're attitude is right, you'll have a fine time.
There are two areas at Five. The first, on the second floor, is houses the main dance floor and a fairly large bar. Upstairs on the third level, there is a semi-enclosed roof deck. Pretty cool. On a recent Friday night, it was hip hop on the main floor, reggae on the deck. We spent time on both levels. It was nice to be able to mix it up.
By the time we got there, it was kind of late and we'd already switched from cocktails to beer so I can't comment on the bartenders' skill except to say they were very friendly and swift.
Five is conveniently located in Dupont Circle, sharing a doorway with Andalu to the south and Sesto Sento (do I have that in the right order??) so if the spot's not what you're looking for, it's very easy to move on.
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January 3, 2007
As soon I reached earshot I was psyched, this was the music I wanted to hear. We met a few employees who were great and went out of their way to make us comfortable. All was well until my friend tried to get some water. What place does not take credit cards?! The bartender was rude, since we had no cash there was no reason for her to be nice.
When leaving a bouncer blocked my exit path via the stairs. He was right behind my friend barking, literally, as she was leaving down the stairs. I said "Excuse Me" and he screams "No, Excuse You". He was very confrontational. He got within inches of my face while spitting and screaming at me. I screamed because he physically pushed against me while I stood at the top of the staircase. The bouncer threatened to fight me. This was my first and last experience with Five. It's hard to believe Primacy Companies would employee workers so unprofessional. This is unfortunate because the music was superior, but not worth the misery.
From journal Club Five
Washington, District of Columbia
March 12, 2002
From journal New to Washington, DC