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Echostage’s Owner Has a New Nightclub Celebrating at Least Three Recent Decades

Echostage’s Owner Has a New Nightclub Celebrating at Least Three Recent Decades
Decades, DC's newest themed club by Antonis Karagounis. All photos by Alex Martin.

From Soundcheck and EchoStage, to L8 and Ultrabar; Antonis Karagounis is known for nightlife venues that cater to a variety of audiences.

Inspired by the music and club scenes dating back to the 1980s, Karagounis and his business partner, Arman Amirshahi, are opening a new night club tonight called Decades.

“We were looking for a name that described what we were trying to do,” says Karagounis. “Which is to try to bring different decades of music. It’s a name that can go beyond this decade because in 2020 for instance,  you can do 90’s, 2000’s, 2010’s and you’re still retro.”

VIP area of Decades 2000 floor.
VIP area of Decades 2000 floor.

Each of the club’s four floors reflects a different decade. The 10,000-square-foot venue will feature music and drinks from times recently gone by—think Orange Crush cocktails, Jell-O shots, Goldschlager, and a frozen-drink menu.

“I’ve been doing this for three decades, so in a way this is my take on what clubbing has been [and] my take on my experience,” says Karagounis.

Interior of Decades Hip Hop Floor.
Interior of Decades Hip Hop Floor.

The first floor immerses guests in the 2000’s with songs by artists like Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé; and décor featuring a CD-covered DJ booth and murals of artists such as Diddy and Rihanna.

The second floor will have a more 80’s feel with open-faced brick, Rubiks Cube furniture, pinball machines, and a stage for live performances.

The third floor celebrates hip-hop, incorporating graffiti and portraits of legends like Tupac Shakur, Eazy-E, and the Notorious B.I.G.

Hip Hop floor of Decades, Antonis Karagounis and Arman Amirshahi's new venture.
Hip Hop floor of Decades, Antonis Karagounis and Arman Amirshahi new venture.

Overall, Karagounis says, “it’s kind of like a tribute to the clubbing era and the DC clubbing era as well.”

Decades is located at  1219 Connecticut Ave., Northwest,  and is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 PM to 3 AM.

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