WASHINGTON – Owners Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund proudly announce the opening of The Huxley, Washington’s newest premiere destination for the city’s most elite and sophisticated crowd. Scheduled to open in mid-November, this luxurious 4,600 square foot nightclub and event space will provide an unparalleled nightlife experience in DC. The venue has been designed from the ground up using the latest innovations from Las Vegas and New York City nightlife and bringing them to the nation’s capital.
Seelbach, former Manager of Business Operations of TAO Group in Las Vegas remarks: “We took over an old TV studio space. It is extremely rare in Washington hospitality to be given a blank canvas to design your dream venue. Often times, operators just slap on new finishes and new names to old restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. Thanks to the strength of our management team and our investor group, we were able to build a completely new high-end hospitality venue in a very unique space that features high ceilings and an expansive ground level layout. The efficient design of our venue, coupled with a rigorous training program for our employees, will help us deliver true ‘Vegas-Style’ customer service. From how our doorman greets you at the entrance to how our bartenders and cocktail waitresses pour your champagne, it will be easy for you to see how much thought has gone into providing the very best customer service experience.”
“The Huxley will set a new standard for nightlife in this market with costumed performers, live musicians, celebrity DJs, and surprise entertainment,” says Lund, Washington’s top nightlife marketer. “At the end of the day, all clubs are selling the same alcohol products so the key is to provide value to patrons through a better overall experience. It’s all about ‘the show’ and it starts at the front door.”
The Ballroom (200 person capacity) – A stunning seven-foot gold plated grand chandelier surrounded by smaller crystal chandeliers welcomes guests to The Ballroom of The Huxley. The rich red wall-coverings and mirrors aligned with purple velvet curtains mimic the striking floor-to-ceilings windows often found in traditional ballrooms. The elegant hardwood dance floor is encircled by banquette-style seating with leather-tufted cushions and an elevated dance platform behind each table. All 11 “bottle-service” tables have great sightlines to the raised DJ booth which is located in the middle of the room. The Ballroom is perfect for over-the-top birthday and bachelorette parties.
The Study (80 person capacity) – With the words of literary greats resting elegantly on the bookshelf, The Study is a cozy lounge featuring an old-world library – and immaculate coffered ceilings and dimly lit candle chandeliers. Six spacious and elevated table alcoves, each crowned with its own glass and copper pendant lighting fixture, surround the room providing guests a much more intimate experience. Dark wood beams and beige wall-coverings offer a sophisticated contrast to the plush reds, purples, and gold coloring of The Ballroom. The Study has its own DJ booth and independent sound system, and is ideal for smaller groups who want to enjoy specialty cocktails and listen to great music.
Prior to his position at TAO Group, Seelbach served as a player contract negotiator and salary cap manager in the National Football League. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College, and recently obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School. The experience and expertise he acquired while working for the most prestigious nightclub owners in Las Vegas and for the most successful professional sports league in the world mean Seelbach brings a fresh and unique perspective to DC nightlife and entertainment.
Lund originally came to DC as a goalkeeper recruit for the George Washington University soccer team, where he played four years and captained his senior year. While earning his degree in business administration, he launched his career in event marketing and entertainment production. Fast forward a decade, Lund now produces the top nightlife events in the area with over 200 parties annually, including the popular “Adult Swim” pool party and “Champagne Campaign” brunch party. His deep knowledge of Washington’s hospitality landscape enhances The Huxley’s operations and its ability to attract high-profile clientele.
The Huxley also benefits from the experience and professional perspective of General Manager Logan West. A DC native, he received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from the George Washington University. West developed a wide-ranging and exclusive professional network as the former General Manager of George, a popular “members only” bar catering to the Georgetown social scene.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The Huxley was designed by architects Brian Miller and Lauren Winter, an award-winning duo who have designed local venues such as The Gibson, Marvin, The Brixton and U Street Music Hall. The builder of this venue is Potomac Construction Services, whose portfolio includes DC hotspots Estadio, Proof, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack.
10pm-3am Friday and Saturday only
Available for private events Sunday through Thursday
Admittance will be by guest list and table service only. Those who wish to request a reservation must send a text message with full name to 202-RESERVE (202-737-3783). The Huxley will maintain a strict dress code.
The Huxley will be available for private and corporate events and includes an onsite catering kitchen. With both the holiday season and presidential inauguration just around the corner, reservations are already limited. For more information about booking private events, please contact Glenda.Fu@HuxleyDC.com.
1730 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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