DC’s latest nightclub is elevating the look of the music lounge.
Antonis Karagounis’s stamp is on nightlife venues around the city—including Echostage, Sound Check, and Ultrabar—so when he set out to launch L8 Lounge, an upscale hangout just blocks from the White House, he wanted something different. He envisioned a small, intimate space with an emphasis, he says, on “sexy and sophisticated décor.”
By tapping design architect Josh Lee of Josh Lee Designs, he got just that. The 3,000-square-foot underground space has a futuristic feel with a nod to ’90s retro—think polished concrete flooring, tufted white leather walls, and shiny vinyl against a palette of dark blue, crimson, purple, and black. Details like the bubbled ceiling, minimalist furniture, and custom fiber-optic chandeliers add to the rave-of-the-future vibe.
“I think it’s more about the feeling that I have in the space rather than what’s bought or sold,” says Lee when asked about a favorite design element. “The buttons on the wall, the individual sparklers, the lighting from underneath the platforms of the VIP area, the DJ booth—by looking at it as a whole, there’s something very unique. When the entire place comes together and we fire up the sound system, you really start to envision yourself as a partygoer.” 727 15th St. NW, 202-506-7006