Brightest Young Things is switching hotels for much fancier digs. Those pool parties at the Capitol Skyline may be distant summer memories, but next week BYT is kicking off a series of shows at the P.O.V. lounge atop the W Hotel, that swanky lodge at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue where West Wing staffers and downtown lobbyists can kick back with Jean-Georges Vongerichten-inspired appetizers and pricey cocktails, provided their names are on the guest list.
The forthcoming BYT events, editor Svetlana Legetic assured me, will not be so exclusive. The first show next Thursday features German downtempo funk and dub duo Ancient Astronauts and the silky-voiced nouveau disco singer Frank Mitchell Jr. (Both are signed to ESL Records.) Their sounds will not be unfamiliar to anyone who has ever stepped foot in a W, all of which feature dimly lit, DJed lobbies littered with ultramodern furniture and rooftop bars with similar accoutrements.
But BYT, Legetic said, convinced P.O.V. to loosen its usual stringent rules. On any given night, a chunk of the bar and terrace’s seats are cordoned off for hotel guests, even if said guests never make it up. The dress code is described as “casual sophistication.” These requirements will be waived for Thursday’s show and future BYT events, which will be scheduled as desired by the hotel. “Even though it is at the W,” Legetic said, “no dress code, no hassle, none of that stuff.” Though RSVPs, while free, are required and will be capped at about 200.
Despite the free admission, the P.O.V. menu isn’t cheap. Whether you order a complex “Da-Curry” featuring curry-infused rum or a simple Tom Collins—that’s gin, lemon juice, and sugar—both will set you back $15.
Thursday, March 10, 10 p.m. At P.O.V. at the W Washington D.C. 515 15th Street NW. RSVP information here.