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Satellite Room offers late-night dining and “boozy shakes” behind the 9:30 Club

The neon “Satellite” sign behind the Satellite Room’s bar is a striking visual element — and will be appearing frequently in your Instagram feed, along with pictures of “boozy shakes.” (Fritz Hahn/The Post)

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.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.


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