D.C. is a buttoned-up city, no? No time is that more clear to me than walking to work in the morning in the dog days of summer—where everyone has stuffed their sweaty selves into slacks and boring button-downs and are dutifully braving the metro while trying to read biographies of Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Mark Twain and the like.
But, we do love our brunch. And, occasionally, we like to get down. And, therefore, there is little better for allowing Washingtonians to loosen their collars, shorten their hemlines, and liven up that lifestyle, than getting down at a party brunch.
The party brunch scene is trying its best to make it in Washington. We loved ourselves some La Boum brunch, but Napoleon’s Le Cirque brunch was less impressive. On the flip side, the gays among us (love ya, Betches), have had this brunch party thing down for quite some time—with Perry’s, Freddy’s, and Nellie’s drag brunches.
The Bitches have decided we can—and will—lead Washington forward on this whole party brunch business. So, I rounded up no less than 20 lady loves and headed to Lost Society for the “official” D.C. Brunch Party, affectionately known as the Champagne Campaign. Campaign for champagne? Don’t mind if I do.
The party is thrown by Eric Lund, founder of Midnight Group and a D.C. nightlife marketer and event planner. Lund is the man behind the notoriously sexy Adult Swim Pool Parties at Capitol Skyline Hotel. If you wanted to spend your weekends with Lund, you’d find him Saturdays at Lost Society and Sundays at Adult Swim. (This dude lives like he’s in Vegas every weekend, can you imagine?)
You walk in to Lost Society, pay $25, and they slap a wrist band on you. The $25 covers the gourmet brunch buffet, one glass of champagne or a mimosa, music, entertainment, tax and tip. For $35, the deal becomes bottomless mimosas, champagne and Bloody Marys, buffet, music, entertainment, tax and tip. Nearly all of us selected bottomless—naturally.
Lost Society’s patio is worth the visit alone—it’s a huge, open-air-but-covered patio, allowing you to enjoy the sunshine, breeze and views without overheating under the direct sunlight. The panoramic views allow you to see all of U Street and all the way down to the National Mall. The lively, friendly DJ played a great mix of techno, vocal house, and dance music anthems with artists like Avicii, Ellie Goulding and Gotye.
Most importantly, there is a bongo drum man. Who, just, you know, cruises around the patio making sweet music with his drum and looking sexy. He’s the real gem of the experience.
The brunch spread includes bagels, croissants, pastries, lox, cream cheese and its accoutrements. There is also lovely fresh fruit—strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple, and honeydew with Greek yogurt and granola, which is lovely and light to accompany one’s breakfast of mimosas. The hot buffet items are eggs, bacon, sausage and Belgian waffles.
The beverages are treated like bottle service—there are bottles of champagne and vodka on ice, and house-made Bloody Mary mix and orange juice on the table. Obviously, this is perfect as you can craft your own cocktail—eliminating issues of overly orange mimosas. As the day went on, my mimosas grew clearer and clearer—whoops!
As for the service, it was responsive, attentive and friendly. In short, perfect. The buffet was always stocked and allowed you to serve yourself. Meanwhile, the cocktail waitress ensured there was plenty of ice, glasses, champagne, vodka, and mixers on the table at all times. As we were a group of 20 women, the folks behind the bar sent out a few rounds of shots—an orange juice grenadine vodka concoction that went down quite smoothly. Not a bad breakfast shot at all.
We danced, we laughed, we chatted, we sipped, we snapped pics. We stayed for more than four hours—until they were closing the place down. There are far few places more pleasant than that patio on a sunny Saturday with a mimosa in band.
The Bitches say: A+. The patio and bongo drum man are worth the trip alone. The food is good, for a buffet, and the cocktails strong. The price can’t be beat and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.
DC Brunch Party, also known as the Champagne Campaign, takes place Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. all summer long on the rooftop of Lost Society, on the corner of 14th and U Street N.W.
2001 14th Street N.W.