Speakeasies have been getting all the attention lately, but there is another bygone era of bars in America that sent young people looking for a random door covered in stickers and an ominous pink glow, The Underground Rave. 

The late twentieth century had its fair share of places where you walk down an alley, towards a loading dock and enter the party through the kitchen. There were bright colors, black lights, and plenty of neon. There was no craft movement, everyone was getting hammered on trashy mixed drinks like Cosmos, Long Island Iced Teas and “the blue one.” 

Here at Never Looked Better we miss those times, but we wanted to bring that vibe into the modern era. We’re talking Dirty Vodka Martinis using homemade brine and fresh olives that are stuffed daily with soft blue cheese, a pink Cosmo with Old Tom gin, fresh berry juice and fresh squeezed lemon, and of course a silky Espresso Martini with premium coffee liqueur and custom cold brew.  

If that’s something you’re into, you can find us at 130 Blagden Alley. It’s the door with the stickers on it and the red glow, but you have to walk through the kitchen.  

Never Looked Better is a great place to host your next event, happy hour or birthday party! We have several spaces that can be reserved for your group and there are never any rental fees! Covid restrictions may limit some forms of events but we are happy to work with you as best we can to keep everyone safe. 

Events are better with libations so we offer your choice of pre-batched 750 ml bottled cocktails, Premium Champagne and selected Bottle Service and passed Shooters. Your guests will love the quality of our crafted, retro cocktails. 

Contact us today to reserve your space:
events@neverlookedbetterdc.com 

The Honeymoon Suite:
8-20 people

The Pink Room:
8-30 people

The Owner’s Table:
Up to 10 people seated

Daybed Lounge:
Up to 6 people

Vodka has Never Looked Better – $16

Appletini – It’s Green
Espresso Martini – A Silky Pick-Me-Up
Moscow Mule – We Got The Copper Mugs
Dirty Martini – With Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives
French Martini – Like The Kiss, But Wetter

Not Vodka – $16

Cosmopolitan – It’s Pink
French 75 – Brandy and Bubbles
Strong Island – This Is A Safe Space
Manhattan – The Power Move
Mezcal Last Word – Smokey, Sour, Herbaceous
Old Fashioned – The Standard
Paloma – Tequila and Grapefruit Has No Business Being This Refreshing
Penicillin – The Cure for Everything, Must Like Scotch
Strawberry Daiquiri – Not Frozen
Suffering Bastard – Like You, But With Bourbon, Gin and Ginger