Bar-goers visiting Players’ Club won’t be relegated to the basement for much longer. The retro arcade bar located underneath the Shake Shack at 1400 14th Street NW is a couple weeks away from introducing a rooftop venue, dubbed Skybox, with a ‘70s sports theme and sky high views of surrounding Logan Circle and Thomas Circle.
Skybox will open Monday, April 15, according to representatives for the bar. Washington City Paper reported today that customers will only be able to access the rooftop by using an elevator inside Players’ Club. When people get tired of playing Turtles in Time or accept the futility of fishing for sex toys with the bar’s claw machine, they can take a ticket (deli-counter style) and wait their turn to ascend to a second location.
Local restaurateurs Eric and Ian Hilton (American Ice Co., Satellite Room, Marvin) picked the name as a nod to high rollers at the Capital Centre, formerly the home court of the Washington Capitals and Bullets. The Landover, Maryland, arena opened in 1973, closed in 1999, and was imploded in 2002. It was the home court for Washington’s NBA team during a heyday that included three NBA Finals appearances — and one championship — from 1974 to 1979.
At the Skybox in Logan Circle, people can buy cocktails including the “Red Hot Chili Pineapple Batida” (reposado tequila, red chile pepper, pineapple, milk, and nutmeg) and a “Papillon Highball” (12-year-old rum, sweet vermouth, banana liqueur, bitters, lemon, and club soda).