Ready, Set, FLASH! DC’s Newest Club

New bars open frequently in DC, especially as various subdivisions are revitalizing themselves. It’s not often these new bars slip quietly under the radar, waiting to be discovered. However, the newest addition to Florida Avenue, Flash, did just that. Just opening its doors in June, this bar-club hybrid is slowly starting to make waves.


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If you walked by Flash on the street, you probably wouldn’t give it a second glance. The front and ground floor are comparable to many DC locations: simple design, huge open dance floor, and a large bar serving as the focal point of the room.  And if you didn’t know any better, you’d think that was all Flash had to offer. But if you’re in the know, you’d know to by-pass everything on the way in and head straight to the old-timey photo booth in the very back of the room.  Because beyond the photo booth is where the real fun begins.

A friendly attendant hands you a token, opens the door and ushers your party inside the booth where you pose for 3 photos. Then the other side of the booth opens and you’re magically transferred into a different world. “Welcome to Flash!” another attendant says and hands you your photo strip, as you take in the giant, dimly lit stairwell covered in neon designs. Depending on the night and time you arrive, you may be asked to pay a cover. And from my experience, the cover is worth it.

The real gem of Flash is upstairs; an electronic music haven, beckoning for you to step inside and dance the night away.  Flash boasts an impressive setup and sound system, especially for its size. LED lights cover the walls and ceiling in thin strips that pulse and change colors along with the beat. As for the sound system, Flash comes equipped with Full Fat Audio amps (FFA), which if you’re like me that just sounds like a bunch of jargon. But they are the only club in North or South America to carry this system, paired with Funktion One speakers. Basically, the sound envelops you while you’re on the dance floor, but allows you to carry on a conversation without screaming while you’re in the back at the bar.  And the final piece that ties everything together is the acts. Flash brings in DJs from not only all over the country, but also from all over the world.

Other characteristics that make Flash unique: seating is located on both sides of the dance floor and is first come, first serve and there is no VIP service. The atmosphere and music is the focus of Flash and I must say it’s very refreshing to see. Whether you are a music aficionado or someone looking for a fun night out, Flash has what it takes to appeal to everyone.


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