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. 

the pink drink

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.

what i wore: last-minute new years eve dress

Blurry iPhone photos, an empty champagne bottle + slightly smudged lipstick. Yup. That basically describes my new years eve (and the photos below) in one sentence. 

I wore {for the first time ever} a dress with cutouts. I've always been nervous about cutouts and have never taken the risk. But it was NYE at the MGM, so I was like, Phoebe, get it together, girl! 2017 is all about jumping off the fence and taking risks. Anyways, I ended up falling in  L O V E  with this dress and have it waiting for my next fun night out. 

And on my wrist, I had the single, most important accessory of the night: a clutch that CHARGES your phone. And I don't mean it just charged it to 30% then ducked out. I was 'gramming, snapping, texting, etc. all night and this baby kept it was basically 100% until I passed out in my hotel room around 4 a.m. Even better? When I crawled to brunch the next morning, it was still ready to charge my phone. So ladies, (or men, I don't judge), do yourself a favor and find ourself a chargeable clutch. 

ANYWAYS. If you excuse the poor quality, check out my amazing totally-last-minute outfit that I rang in the new year with. Honestly, though.

shoes | dress | clutch | lippy 

And now, click over here to read about how in love Maxim and I are with Felt Bar & Lounge.