"ightlife is nearly synonymous
with "the good life," at least, it
should be - if all goes well and
no one loses his or her debit card
or dignity in the process. Thanksgiving's
coming up, and it's everyone's duty to
find something for which they give thanks -
even if it's as prosaic as a fun night out with
friends. Example: the WL-sponsored "Good Life"
party at hotspot Ultrabar (911 F St. NW) saw Jonas and Carolina Furukrona partying under
the pink lights to thumping house music with Phillipe Cousteau and pals. Sponsored by Stella Artois and Snow
Queen Vodka, the fete's spokeswoman plied Kevin Chaffee and Paul Wharton with free shots under the
trippy green disco lights.
Fly Lounge (1802 Jefferson PL NW) will soon have layovers available in
Baltimore and Aspen; as the latter is known for film festivals and high altitudes, the Flyboys' foray into
the Hollywood hills comes as no surprise. In fact, the cast of major-buzz flick Love in the Time
of Cholera graced Dupont Circle's Fly Lounge recently for a private, red-carpet afterparty. The
film's star, Rosario Dawson, looked gorgeous in a black and white polka-dotted frock, Scrubs star
Judy Reyes shone in silver and Wizards basketball star Roger Mason hooped it up with the gorgeous
"flight crew." By air, by land, and now, it seems like Richard Eidman, Koch and the owners of former
Dragonfly are going by sea as well; hip club
Current (1215 Connecticut Ave. NW) - designed,
in Eidman's words, after "an ultra-futuristic luxury
yacht" - set sail on its maiden voyage early this
month. Ribbed walls, Buddha Bar, enormous
outdoor deck and "cabin" style space - with high-
energy tunes - are promised. Another club cutting
the red ribbon at the end of the month is the
colorfully named Tattoo (1413 KSt. NW). Finally
much hyped The Park at Fourteenth (920 14th St.
NW) opened at the close of October.
"Famoso Restaurant Lounge and M cafe"
(5471 Wisconsin Ave. NW), meanwhile, has
insinuated itself into the thick of the scene over
the past year; luxury shoppers and event planners,
looking for a chic spot for cocktails, simply can't
get enough of it. The proof's in the (gourmet)
pudding, as Jimmy Choo, Bulgari and Care for
Kids all chose the venue for recent events.
These more subtle changes are echoed at
Adams Morgan standby Cashion's Eat Place (1819
Columbia Rd. NW), where ownership has shifted
to the capable hands of the Manolatos brothers
(George and John) and partner Justin Abed.
Cashion's has recently become an eat late place; frustrated by
the absence of anywhere for late night snackers and those in
"the industry" to "mangia" after midnight, they've started an after-dark menu. On Friday and Saturday nights
from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m., diners can enjoy such tasty temptations as the new shaved beef ribeye, a playful take
on the classic steak and cheese, with fontina, broccoli rabe and sauteed onions to boot. No more
questionable decisions made by the refrigerator light at 3 a.m.? For this, we give thanks.