An “Apocalyptic” Spinoff of San Francisco’s Dirty Habit Is Coming to DC 

Dirty Habit inside the Hotel Monaco will channel an edgy, noir vibe. Photograph courtesy of Dirty Habit

The replacement for Poste inside Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco DC is the opposite of an airy French bistro. Dirty Habit will take over the indoor/outdoor space in the fall—a “gritty” bar and restaurant with an “apocalyptic vibe,” according to a press release. Former Poste chef Kyoo Eom will continue to lead the kitchen, which will specialize in eclectic share plates (because nothing signals the apocalypse like more share plates).

The new venture is a spinoff of San Francisco’s Dirty Habit; both are owned by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, and share a designer, Dawson Design Associates (Kimpton is no longer involved with the West Coast branch). Though affiliated, representatives say the chef, food, and cocktail menus will be entirely different. The DC version seems to be gunning for an Armageddon-chic atmosphere, complete with noir accents, edible skewers, and other touches to make guests feel “pleasantly uncomfortable.” There will also be bar carts.

Dirty Habit is one of three new bars/restaurants for Washington’s Kimpton hotel properties. The group recently debuted Ashlar inside Alexandria’s remodeled Morrison House, and Radiator for the new Mason & Rook Hotel.

Dirty Habit. 555 Eighth St., NW

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.