I definitely don't consider myself someone who is "of the scene". Hell, I don't even know what a scenester is and, if I could even fathom a definition, would probably get it wrong. I am decidedly uncool and am alright with that most of the time. That said, I did come to the realization that I need different bar scenes depending on how social I'm feeling.
My all-time favorite bar scene is the cozy bar. This is the dark, yet
well-lit bar with comfortable couches and potentially a fireplace. The comfortable bar is where you can easily kick back with friends for a drink and talk the night away. One of my favorite comfortable bars in DC used to be Ozio.
Then there's the music bar where you can go to hear the really good (or passably good) live music. Maybe you'll meet someone, maybe you'll socialize but you're really there for the music. I actually can't think of any places like this in DC that I favor. There's a place in Georgetown that isn't bad, and I supppose the Black Cat could be this place (just haven't been there enough). 9:30 club I don't consider a bar.
Lately, I've been trying to make a swank place called Blue Gin (a new DC place we all love) into one of those bars where you go to meet people. Last night I came to the conclusion last night that, for all its coolness, it wasn't that kind of place and couldn't be made into one. I love dancing on its tiny dance floor and like the atmosphere, but it is a place for couples and cliques. Even if you wanted to go there in an
attempt to meet men, you'd find the men decidedly stuffy (it is
Georgetown). Budding young politicians looking for their first
I honestly don't believe you can really "meet someone" in a bar, but sometimes it's just nice to talk to new people. Not that we're on a quest, but I continue to keep my eyes open for a place to hang that doesn't turn my stomach or make me feel like I'm in some covert episode of America's Next Top Model.