ringing in the new year at felt bar & lounge

TL;DR: Felt Bar & Lounge is a great spot for when you want to get away from the casino. It’s classy, not trashy. And it brings the vibe of high-end Vegas lounges to the DMV. At the bar, ask for Nate, then request the Gold Rush or Sazerac. Honestly, though.  

I spent new years eve at Felt Bar & Lounge in the MGM National Harbor. And it was so worth it, and so much better than hanging out in a packed club, sipping cheap champagne all night. It was capped at a reasonable number, so the lounge was full but never over-capacity. 

 

 

SIDE NOTE: Yes, I know that there was some big concert there, but I didn’t even know that Duran Duran was a band. When I heard the name, I thought it was some new hipster clothing brand. Sorry, Dad. Wrong generation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANYWAYS. If you haven’t been to Felt yet, here’s a quick little rundown. All of the bartenders are also “mixologists” so to speak. Which means that you can basically just ask them for something that’s sweet and spicy and made with Casamigos Tequila Reposado and voila — here’s your drink. The process is a show in and of itself and totally makes each drink special. 

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The lounge is small and dark-ish and nestled in a corner off of the casino by the slots + craps tables. It feels intimate and sexy without feeling like you’re in the backroom of some strip club (I’ve never been in the backroom of a strip club, so I’m just going off what I’ve seen in movies. Honestly, though). 

Inside, MARBLE cocktail tables fill the middle, while the outskirts are littered with velvet couches + coffee tables + armchairs. Classic casino lounge.

The patio (right now closed for the winter) overlooks National Harbor and will make the lounge an enviable spot to watch fireworks on July 4 (hint hint, nudge nudge). 

 

BUT if you’re going to get the most bang for your buck, make sure that you’re asking for Nate (Nathaniel) at the bar.

You can follow him on instagram: @mrz0mb13

In his own words, “Some people want to be doctors and lawyers. But I just want to be a good bartender.” 

He loves making people drinks, loves the process and the creativity. 

Example: 

A lovely woman by the name of {I believe} Josie was also at Felt for NYE. She and her husband explained that they ditched their friends ON NEW YEARS EVE to just casually have a date night at Felt. Which is hilarious for a couple of reasons: 

1. Who just decides to have a date night out of nowhere on NYE? 

2. Felt was ticketed and sold out way ahead of time. 

But her dress was gorgeous. So girlfriend, if you’re reading this, you’re awesome. Anyways, she watched in awe as Nate made a drink for boytoy and then asked for something that she just described as pink + frothy. Nate looked at her for a second. 

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the pink drink

"So you want a french martini?" "Uhm, I guess?" 

“Do you like raspberries?” “Yes.” 

“Hold on, I’m going to make you a drink.” 

And with that, he was off muddling ingredients, creating fire (literally) and doing whatever else it is that mixologists do. A few minutes later, he produced a gorgeous pink drink in a martini glass and explained it to Josie. She was thrilled. 

The rest of the night was fun, and within the last 90 seconds of 2016, Maxim grabbed us to champies from Nate. You guys know the next part from your respective gatherings: We screamed the countdown, cheered happy new year and kissed. Then we danced, and danced, and made new friends, and talked with old friends, and danced some more. Side props to the DJ who worked the jams like no other. (p.s. my outfit? click here)

I loved being in the middle of MGM National Harbor without the bright lights, and drunk gamblers, etc. It was so nice to be able to have a space to relax and enjoy NYE without the craziness — sometimes you just want to dance and have a drink in a casino lounge, okay? 

Anyways, around 2:30 a.m., we tried to get a Lyft unsuccessfully (500% surge is such a buzzkill), and instead headed back inside where SHAKE SHACK sat before us, begging us in with their fried foods. 

2016: The year that ended in a high-end casino lounge with endless drinks + champs. 

2017: The year that started with pickles dipped in ketchup + mustard and french fries. (see below). Sorry Maxim, pickles and ketchup isn't ask gross as you think. 

Final thoughts? If you're going to the MGM at National Harbor, make sure it includes a stop into Felt. #BeSeenGetFelt (so raunchy. so perfect.) Honestly, though.

MealPass Launch Party {recap + What I wore}

MealPal DC Lauch Event

A huge thank you to Epic Yoga DC for hosting

the event and to MealPal for having Maxim and I! 


Hello, hello, hello! I’m writing from under my covers...and the metro...and while walking to the bathroom at work...because I’m so excited to tell al you guys about what I’ve been up to! 

But first, I do need to make a little confession. Well, not even a confession. I just need to explain something. I am vegan (that’s not a confession, obvs). And oftentimes, I think that being vegan makes people believe that I don’t support those who lead non-vegan lifestyles. And oftentimes, I feel that I have some odd standard to uphold where I can’t endorse or believe in..or even LIKE people who don’t agree those ideals. But I’m here to tell you all that that’s not the way that it is! 

I am a vegan and I blog about vegan food. But I also blog about food-related trends, companies and ideals. I blog about what I'm wearing, where I'm going, what I'm reading and, if I start writing more, the working world. And I take advice from non-vegans on where to eat. My fiancee, Maxim, is not vegan by any means. He's my non-vegan taste tester (and photog + everything. I love you!) He eats vegan when I’m cooking at home and loves to make me vegan grilled cheese when I’ve had a tough day. He also loves a good bison burger and Whole Foods chicken strips or Chicken Tiki Masala. 

My point is...let's just love and respect each other. I'll be vegan and continue to eat french fries when there's nothing else but lettuce on the menu. And you can continue to tell me that you could never, ever be vegan and ask me about why I don't want real leather on my shoes. We shall *~*CoExiSt.~*

OKAY. 

Now that I’ve gotten that all off of my chest, I can continue on to why I’m writing so excitedy right now. I am working with MealPal (previously MealPass) to help you discover your new #LunchtimeBFF and to end the #SadDeskLunch. 

MealPass? MealPal? 

Yes. They’re a food startup from the co-founders of ClassPass. On Monday, Sept. 19 (launch party day!) they rebranded to MealPal (see below). They started in Manhattan in NYC and have now spread to cities like Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and, of course, Washington, D.C.!

Honestly, though: You get lunch for like $6-7 every week day from awesome places around the District. It's one flat fee that's charge per cycle, aka every month. It's a fraction of what you'd usually pay. No, it's not delivered. You go and pick it up. You need to get up from your desk, anyways. Haven't you heard? Sitting kills. Get in those lunchtime steps, you desk dwellers. 

Anyways, I had known about MealPal from some friends in NYC and was excited for its entrance into the #DCFoodScene. So, like the good food blogger that I am, I attended the launch party! It was held at Epic Yoga DC (connected to a Jrink location!) — on Connecticut Ave. next to The Big Hunt and MadHatter. It was dark though, and littttttle crowded for my liking…or for my camera’s liking! Okay, let's be honest. The lighting sucked, but I ate yummy food and I had a great time. I'm sharing what I was able to get below. 

There was food from a variety of local restaurants: 

  • Mini Chicken Pesto Wraps from MadHatter. 
  • Meat Likers + Veg Me Pizza from DC Pizza.  
  • Salmon Ceasar Salad from MaSo. 
  • Spinach + Pesto Bowl from The Little Beet
  • Hoagies (and absolutely addicting potato chips) from Bub & Pop's

...and so much more!

Favorites from launch party:

  • Beet Gazpacho from Souper Girl. I'm a fan of both gazpacho and Souper Girl, but in the small space, it was 10x more delicious. 
  • Salmon Veggie Couscous Salad from The Front Page. Shoutout to Chef Roberto for being so accommodating and making me a custom vegan bowl of couscous to eat! 
  • Juice from Jrink Juicery. I mean, who isn't a fan of Jrink Juicery? Seeing them there made my heart so happy. They're a local cold-pressed juice company that delivers fresh each morning and have everything from cleanse aiding to protein packed drinks. 

Over the next week, I'll be testing out MealPal and it's whole situation. Then on Monday, I'll be letting you know me thoughts..

BUT THERE'S MORE.

Because I love you guys, and there's no point in having MealPal unless you guys can too. MealPal is letting me give away some awesome discounts and free meals starting next week! So when I post my review, I'll be posting about the contest too! STAY TUNED! Can't wait to reveal more soon!

Cool, Phoebe. But this post is about what you wore (What I'm pretending you're saying). If you're here for outfit only, scroll down!

I love love love this romper from Target! According to the website, it's technically a junior's piece, but it fits so well on my frame! I'm petite (5" 3') and have very long legs. And by that I mean my torso is non-existent. In the world of rompers and jumpsuits, that means I work hard to find ones that are more form fitting so that my wait doesn't get lost in a balloon of fabric. My co-workers told me that I look like Peter Pan, but hey. Peter Pan was cool AF and worked the transition to fall fashion better than anyone. 

Scroll down to shop my look! 

Hat: LouLou. | Romper: Target. | Vegan leather booties: Dolce Vita. Find similar herehere and here. | Clutch: South Moon Under. 

What's your favorite kind-of-fall-but-kind-of-not look?