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An Early Look at the Satellite Room (Pictures and Menu), Opening Tuesday

Boozy milkshakes, burgers, and tacos for pre- and post-concert cravings.

The Hilton brothers big burgers and adult milkshakes to the 9:30 Club. Photographs by Andrew Propp.

Nightlife impresarios Eric and Ian Hilton seem to know exactly what DC revelers want: a moody speakeasy (the Gibson), sprawling rooftop bars (the Brixton), and beer in Mason jars (American Ice Company). With the Satellite Room, opening Tuesday, October 9, they add another winning concept to that list: 1960s-style diner.

Since it’s tucked directly behind the 9:30 Club, you may be able to hear sound checks through the exposed-brick-and-concrete walls as you grab a booth or one of the ’60s-style tables. Edit—the design firm behind American Ice and the Brixton—channeled retro diners in Los Angeles for the aesthetic, though the industrial building still feels more U Street than Bob’s Big Boy. The lineup of comfort dishes reads more classic, with plates of meatloaf, fried chicken, patty melts, and chicken-fried steak, and sides like mac and cheese and tater tots. Other nods to California comfort food: huevos rancheros and four varieties of taco—grilled skirt steak, chicken, roast pork, and fried fish, all served in corn tortillas.

While the weather is quickly becoming too cool for comfortable outdoor drinking, you can head to the covered back patio year-round, which is kept toasty with the help of industrial-strength heaters. There, you’ll want to grab one of the ten booze-infused milkshakes, which range from traditional (the Vincent Vega, with vanilla ice cream and bourbon) to unconventional (the avocado-and-tequila A.C. Slater). In true Hilton style, both shakes and food are on offer until last call.

Satellite Room. 2047 Ninth St., NW. Open Monday through Thursday 5 PM to 2:30 AM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM until 3 AM.

  • 12 Street

    Satellite Room:

    If you are a GW student that is coming here to get drunk before a 930 club show- 5 stars. If you live in the neighborhood, and are looking for good food and atmosphere, look elsewhere. To properly describe: Combine the crowd of Chadwick's on a Friday night, with the hubris that only seems to come with bearded or mustachioed "mixologists". Other ways Satellite Room is 5 stars:

    -Your K street law firm is celebrating the overturn of Seals Law, the prohibition of seal clubbing for sport. (Repeal the seal!)

    -Your Polo team just beat up a homosexual.

    -You're celeberating the release of the backside of a backside of a deep track Shins Album.

    -You're upset because your parents cut off your $500/wk spending cash, because they found a marijuana cigarette in the Acura they bought you for Christmas.

    -You just got a job unreated to your $200k major due to nepotism, and you beat out a career minded, hard working, state educated individual.

    -You gave a handy and made out with the bouncer once at a house party in Shaw that was totally crunktastic! (You are white)

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