Can someone tell me why Play nightclub is drawing huge crowds? On Friday night I walked by and the four-deep line stretched all the way back to Dragonfly. It made both Dragonfly and 1223 appear quite pathetic.
I have been to Play once on a Friday night (they let me in because I went with someone who had VIP connections). The music was decent but the crowd is made up of implants from Spank, Indeblue, Blue Gin, and whatever other club that used to be hip for three months. Same people, different venue. Why is this place going to be any different? It must be stressful owning a club, to know that your place will probably be dead soon unless you pay promoters to bring in a generic crowd (remember when K Street Lounge was hot for two weeks?). Though at Play I did like how the bouncer encouraged the males to go through a side door and urinate outside against the wall.
Also I’d like to make a complaint to Dupont Circle Fuddruckers management for running out of hamburger buns two out of the last three times I’ve been there. That’s like a brothel running out of whores.
Postscript: Fritz Hahn of the Washington Post has recently added a review of Play.