Nightlife impresario David Chung’s high-tech, high-budget vision for his new lounge in Dupont Circle is now complete. Abigail, Chung’s gold-lined lounge, is ready to party.
Chung first unveiled signage for Abigail in the space formerly occupied by failed sports bar Buckeye + Bear (1730 M Street NW) earlier this year. But that was just a taste of what was in store for the venture, which recently completed $1.5 million renovation to take advantage of all 5,000 square feet. Partners also include local nightlife vets Wayne Johnson and Tony Perry.
After a quiet opening this summer, Abigail closed for renovations and re-opened for an official unveiling in late October. Since then, Sunday night industry parties have already attracted Redskins and Wizards players happy to drop serious cash on bottle service.
The glitzy overhaul, done by local designer Taylor Baskin who is now with luxury conglomerate LVMH, included adding a new bar and DJ booth, updating bathrooms with shimmering graphic wallpaper, and splashing electronic artwork across the club — including a trippy, immersive light wall near the entrance. Neon letters spelling, “Abby if you’re dirty,” frame the DJ booth.
Bottle service features Ace of Spades selections — Armand de Brignac’s popular Champagne brand that’s popped up across clubs everywhere since Jay-Z back bought it in 2014. A rose bottle runs $1,499, and a magnum will set back clubbers $2,700. There’s also lots of cognac, an increasingly in-demand spirit in D.C., with Rémy Martin Louis XIII commanding a $7,000 price tag. Here’s a full list of bottle service:
Abigail also plays host to La Boum — a boozy brunch on steroids that features DJs and bottle service — on weekends from 12 p.m to 3:30 p.m. Chung formerly threw the Vegas-style day party at his other venture Capitale, which closed in 2017 after a 14-year run.
Sunday night nights (11 p.m. to 2 a.m.), Chung claims, host the “best industry night in Washington,” adding, “it’s often attended” by players from D.C. United, the Washington Wizards, and the Washington Redskins. Across the street, Eighteenth Street Lounge also commands big crowds for its long-standing Sunday night party.
Chung’s other Dupont nightclub, second-floor newcomer Saint Yves, is a fan favorite amongst Washington Capitals players. It was a stop on the team’s epic party circuit following their Stanley Cup win.
Chung and his partners pulled the plug on Georgetown hangout Chinese Disco this year to focus on expanding their Arlington Japanese grill Gyu-Kaku.