There’s a brand-new place to get a burger or a boozy milkshake after a concert at the 9:30 Club. The Satellite Room , located adjacent to the 9:30 Club’s side door on Ninth St. NW, is the latest outpost from brothers Eric and Ian Hilton (Marvin, the Brixton, American Ice Company, etc.). It’s a fairly simple operation: One side of the menu lists gourmet burgers, tacos and diner dishes (meatloaf, buttermilk pancakes, fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans), with most dishes in the $8-$12 range.
The other side features $10 “Boozy Shakes,” such as the Lucy Ricardo (chocolate ice cream and Johnny Walker Black whiskey) and the Patsy Stone (a rich spiced rum and pineapple/coconut/orange concoction with nutmeg grated on top), and a to-the-point list of beers and wine by the glass. All shakes can be made without the spirits for $5, but that seems less fun.
As with most of the Hilton projects, it’s a handsome space. One wall of the high-ceilinged room is lined with booths and artfully tiled tables. A square section overlooking the large front windows features cushy retro bar stools lined up facing shelves wide enough for drinks or a small plate. More stools line the long bar, where I expect the giant neon Satellite sign to become one of the most Instagrammed images in D.C. nightlife.
A courtyard outside offers covered tables for dozens of diners, 12 stools at a short bar and room for even more to stand around and look at the luchadores painted on the walls.
Satellite Room opens daily at 5 p.m., but the key thing to remember is that the kitchen stays open until last call every night. Got a hankering for a patty melt, huevos rancheros or just a bowl of tater tots after a show? The Satellite Room is waiting.