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A surreptitiously-taken iPhone photo that doesn’t do the place justice.

Part of an occasional series on restrooms of interest. Peed anywhere neat lately? Holler: ldepillis@washingtoncitypaper.com

You’ve heard a lot of hoo ha about how great the new Howard Theater is. And sure, it’s pretty awesome. But you know what one of the best parts is? The bathrooms, naturally, tucked behind and beneath the dance floor.

Music hall bathrooms should be an oasis, after all. You want some place peaceful, relatively quiet, where you can escape the pounding beats for a minute and get yourself back together. Accordingly, the Howard’s loos are situated off a dark, informal anteroom/seating area. Entering them is a like walking into someone’s dressing room: Bright lights bounce off wraparound mirrors, which capture primping concertgoer from every angle. Images of famous songstresses gaze out from the walls. And after you’ve washed your hands, an attendant gives you a towel to dry them off.

A classy commode for a classy joint.