Nocturne

4.8
142 reviews
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Cocktail Bar
Innovative cocktail bar offering unique cocktails in a secluded, intimate space below Sugar Shack Donuts. Located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC.
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Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the Scandinavian flight.

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JK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not professional. made reservations and they did not answer the phone or respond to text for almost an hour. Since you only get an hour and a half we were not able to go in because 30 minutes to drink makes no sense.

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D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was great however cheese platters given to us didn’t look that great. Cocktails were great. I found bartenders were stone faced not sure why!! I wish they could be chilled out and strike conversations with patrons. It is a small place and would I go again ... may not as I didn’t find anything exclusive. I really liked the bar emanating light into menu slate. I found few things interesting nothing mind blowing..

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could come to Nocturne every day and not have the same experience. This is what makes this place so amazing. I love coming here to explore and try new things! #FavoritePlace

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ME
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and inventive mixologists! Can’t wait to go back!

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, nice quiet spot. Perfect date night or group outing. The mixologist love their craft.

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I'm really torn about my experience at Nocturne. We had a reservation for 9:30 - we arrived at 9:27. Two parties came in after us and were seated before us. The host never even told us are seats were ready. At 9:45 after watching two other couples be seated, we just went down to the bar ourselves. Our seats were available...there were several open seats...not sure why we were waiting to be seated for almost 20 minutes.

One of the bartenders was consistently rude and made us really uncomfortable. The other two were great - especially the guy who took over running things about 9 months ago. He has done an excellent job curating the menu, and we did get to experience some really interesting cocktails. All that being said, between waiting to be sat at a half empty bar to the one bartender that was rude - I don't think we will be back. While I loved the speakeasy vibe and the look of the bar/drink options, I would rather opt for other DC craft cocktails that don't have those downsides.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic cocktails and knowledgeable, approachable bartenders.

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EM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Made a reservation for two and arrived on time... was told to wait in the Sugar Shack seating area due to not enough space downstairs. This being our first time, we complied. We saw a couple head straight in and downstairs while we were waiting and they were seated before us without checking in with the Sugar Shack barista. Next time I know to just roll in like they did. We were seated and then asked to move because another party at the same time as us booked 2 reservations for 3 and wanted to sit together. We moved and Hamid brought us complimentary champagne to thank us for moving; a nice touch. Fantastically unique menu of beautiful, interesting drinks. I planned to have 2 and ended up having 3 or 4, I don’t quite remember 🙃 Great experience but I hope we aren’t kept waiting for so long next time!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Hakim & his team continue to impress. Unique and creative cocktails with a global culture theme, great ambiance. Highly recommended!

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TJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nocturne is a sexy environment with unique, well balanced cocktails. The staff is charming, knowledgeable and passionate about the drinks which adds to the experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great bathrooms!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nocturne is my FAVORITE place in DC!

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KW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique experience. I enjoyed the intimacy of the space, the cocktails were inventive and the ones i tried delicious. Favorite was Settlers Moon. Must return!

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QN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. The best and most unique cocktails I’ve ever had.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4, maybe 5th time back? Favorite cocktail bar in all of DC.

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IB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

This place is the boom!
A must place to visit if you are searching for original and authentic flavors.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing time at Nocturne. The drinks and ambiance was perfect. One tip, eat before you go, as only snacks are served.

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F
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went here for my boyfriend's birthday since he is very into cocktails. I would definitely recommend this as a special occasion place. The cocktails are very unique and the flavor and presentation is very well executed and thought out. The bartenders were very knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. The cocktails are very expensive - $16 each so I would never make this a regular place to visit but for people who are interested in something new, this is a great find.

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DB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails -- inventive and very well balanced at the same time. Great, small but well-appointed underground space. Hakim is a fantastic bartender!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 3ambience 5

My wife’s Birthday ! Drinks were great - had a wonderful experience !

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HB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is outstanding! It's a "must go to" spot in DC! The bartenders are very knowledgeable and personable. A+ for certain

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Listen! This was my friend’s and my first visit and we were very pleased! Hakim and Xavier are exceptional and have created cocktail masterpieces. The Atlas flight was inventive and didn’t disappoint our palates. Presentation was everything. The experience from start to finish was memorable. The contrast from Sugar Shack Doughnuts to Nocturne’s vibe was a pleasant surprise. My only wish is that there was a larger array of bar food. The corn nuts were tasty but I would have loved something of substance. I will definitely visit this gem again and I strongly recommend it to any and everyone!

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SE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've been to several speak-easy locations throughout DC and other cities and this one was very different from the rest. The service was great and very friendly and the drinks were flavored in ways I've never experienced before. I definitely recommend this location to others. I'm not sure if Nocturne does this but I personally love speakeasy's that can craft drinks similar but with a twist to flavors/liquors you like.

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BJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nocturne was amazing! It’s an experience that is coupled with unique drinks, music, and great bartenders. I recommend that you try a regional trio..the Middle East region was delightful. You can tell that they have done their research and have explored many areas to create drinks that more than satisfy your pallet. Thank you Xavier, Hakeem (spelling) and Daniel!! We will be back

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CP
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

If they were going for a speakeasy ambiance, they definitely missed the mark. It has no charm and was over priced. Also, I had to make a reservation with a penalty of cancellation and there wasn’t another soul in the place. A little ridiculous. I won’t be returning. Major let down.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Hakeem’s drink creations are amazing and meaningful.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and fun experience! Hamid and company are professional , friendly and ensures you have an amazing experience. Also, ask for the donuts , they’re quite tasty !

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KD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun immersive cocktail experience !

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was such an amazing experience! The intimacy and catered experience really made the night special. The staff was knowledgeable and talented and extremely courteous!

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DS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I cannot wait to come back. Hakim and the other mixologist were very friendly and knowledgeable. The ambiance is above a 10. Great experience

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance in here so was amazing!! Perfect date night spot. It's interactive because of the uniqueness of the cocktails so it's really fun! Staff was so great. 10/10 would come back again!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderfully curated experience for your taste buds!

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AL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! I surprised my husband for his birthday, and we enjoyed every second of the experience. The cocktails were creative and delicious, and the environment is great. I highly recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, one of the best experiences I’ve had to date. Perfectly curated cocktails and a thoughtful experience. The vibe was right, the playlist right, and a fun date night!

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BW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally one of the best bars in DC. Clean, Fun, Inviting and just cool! Great atmosphere and Hakim is the most knowledgeable yet personable bartender I've dealt with to date! Get to this place you will not be disappointed

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PK
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome ambiance- drinks were a little pricey buy cool and delicious. overall, a great date spot!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Fantastic staff extremely talented cocktail making that was like Michelin star taster experience can’t wait to return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

However the Noise level was too high for my comfort it kind ruin my my night me and my lady friend were trying to experience

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

We didn’t try the food, so I’m not sure how that affects the rating. This was an amazing cocktail experience and I highly recommend it!!!

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