Après-Ski Chalet Nightclub to Open in Dupont Circle

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Introducing KABIN, which could be just crazy enough to work

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Sometimes, an idea is just crazy enough to work — and KABIN, the newest club to open in Washington D.C., just might be it. From a press release: 

Discotheque meets après-ski chalet at KABIN, due to open in Dupont Circle on Saturday, June 29. Nestled above bustling Connecticut Avenue, KABIN dares Washingtonians to step out of the everyday and into the alps. Owners Kunal Shah, Vinoda Basnayake, Dustin Huynh and Rajeev Subramanian will spearhead the new venue just south of the circle. ...

The 3,200 square-foot, 252-person lounge pays homage to alpine culture, both in mise-en-scene and mood. The KABIN concept and experience, say the owners, completely upends DC nightlife norms. "At Eden, we tried to bring Miami to DC, but at KABIN we want to create something more reminiscent of destinations like the French Alps and Aspen," Basnayake remarked. "It's unlike anything else in the District."

In addition to a full cocktail menu, DC partygoers will also have a chance to indulge in one very specific emblem of ski lodge culture: the Three Pins shot, named for the three pins telemark skiers used to lock their boots onto their skis, is a classic après-ski libation used to warm up after a long day on the slopes. The spirit is a traditional mountain villa herbal liqueur made with over a dozen herbs and flowers, most of which are found along the alpine trails and remote mountain passes that the Three Pinner calls home.

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The real question we have for everyone is, well, why open in summertime? Then again, we'll be curious to see how this nightclub plays out.