Echostage’s Owner Opened New Nightclub Decades

Echostage’s Owner Opened New Nightclub Decades

Which Celebrates Different Decades

Inspired by the music and club scenes dating back to the 1980s, Karagounis and his business partner, Arman Amirshahi, have opened a new night club called Decades.  From EchoStage, to L8, Antonis Karagounis is known for nightlife venues that cater to many audiences.

“We were looking for a name that described what we were trying to do,” says Karagounis. “Which is to try to bring different decades of music. It’s a name that can go beyond this decade because in 2020 for instance, you can do 90’s, 2000’s, 2010’s and you’re still retro.”

Each of the club’s four floors reflects a different decade. The 10,000-square-foot venue will feature music and drinks from times recently gone by—think Orange Crush cocktails, Jell-O shots, Goldschlager, and a frozen-drink menu.

“It’s supposed to bring back the old-school vibe of the multi-level, multi-DJ clubs that defined D.C. Nightlife in the ’90s and 2000s,” Karagounis said. “Places like Spy Club, Zei Club, Fifth Column, Vault, The Ritz, Tracks, DC Live, [and] Love, were nightlife staples in the ’90s and 2000s. Decades is supposed to recreate that vibe and atmosphere and give clubgoers a new weekend hangout where they can party and be part of various decades of nightclub music.”

“I’ve been doing this for three decades, so in a way this is my take on what clubbing has been [and] my take on my experience,” says Karagounis.

The first floor immerses guests in the 2000’s with songs by artists like Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé; and décor featuring a CD-covered DJ booth and murals of artists such as Diddy and Rihanna.

The second floor will have a more 80’s feel with open-faced brick, Rubiks Cube furniture, pinball machines, and a stage for live performances.

The third floor celebrates hip-hop, incorporating graffiti and portraits of legends like Tupac Shakur, Eazy-E, and the Notorious B.I.G.

Overall, Karagounis says, “it’s kind of like a tribute to the clubbing era and the DC clubbing era as well.”

Decades is located at 1219 Connecticut Ave., N.W., and is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 PM to 3 AM.

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