After a decade of getting countless college kids and preppy young professionals drunk, Chinese Disco has closed in Georgetown.
“As our lease drew to a close, we assessed the changing climate of the neighborhood and ultimately decided that Georgetown was no longer a viable/friendly for our business,” partner Ki Jun Sung told Eater.
The bar (3251 Prospect Street NW) first opened in 2009 as George, a Founding Fathers-themed drinking destination with a tight invite-only list at the door that signaled last call by playing “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus. It later changed names to Chinese Disco and continued to host sweaty and packed DJ parties, in addition to throwing comedy nights into the rotation.
Sung says the bar doubled as a matchmaking site during its run, where “countless customers [met] their future spouses here.”
Partner David Chung (behind Dupont Circle’s Saint Yves and Abigail) says while the landlord offered to “significantly lower the rent” to stay put, the team ultimately decided to pull the plug and focus on expanding its Arlington Japanese grill Gyu-Kaku.
Sung says he isn’t sure what venture will be replacing Chinese Disco. Another Georgetown bar that peaked during the same era was Bo Blair’s Smith Point, which went up for sale last year.
“Georgetown students were really sad when they heard about the closing,” says Chung.
Chinese Disco’s block is looking super sleepy as of late. Neighbor Cafe Milano just closed for a renovation with plans to unveil the refreshed space on Sunday, August 19. And Morton’s The Steakhouse is calling it quits in December to reopen as a new French restaurant in August 2019, owner Hakan Ilhan tells Eater.