MGM National Harbor wants to heat up D.C. nightlife, offers chance to win ‘staycation’

MGM National Harbor is promising to “redefine sophisticated nightlife” when it opens next month and premieres Felt Bar & Lounge and Blossom Cocktail Lounge.


Felt Bar & Lounge honors the nation’s capital as a symbol of history where classical architecture meets modern archival library. On the perimeter, ebony bookshelves with gold leaf accents house archival books create a playful spirit and openness to the casino space and beyond. The sheltered interior of the room invites guests in with a bar full of delightfully arranged liquors from around the world; finely placed pendulum light fixtures that denote the center of the action; and eye-catching black-and-white tiled flooring all centered on a color palette that is both vivid and bold.

An antique coffered ceiling surrounds and follows the shape of the geometric carpet pattern as black and gold hues give the space a modern and slightly masculine feel. Versatile seating options allow guests to sit and enjoy a drink along with convivial areas arranged for engaging conversation. Communal bar seating is also available, designed for guests to linger indefinitely while relaxing with friends or meeting new ones. On select nights, live entertainment sets the tone for one of the region’s hottest new go to venues.

Exclusive to Felt, is a beverage cart featuring high-end cocktails made tableside.In addition, when the guests wish to experience a new scene, they may simply move outdoors to enjoy views of the nation’s capital and the Potomac River, from Felt’s heated terrace, complete with a cozy stone firepit.


MGN National Harbor’s center bar Blossom Cocktail Lounge is inspired by and pays homage to D.C.’s celebrated cherry blossom season. A beautiful print of cherry blossoms by Prince George’s County photographer Ron Beverly is featured on a large backlit wall within the space, giving the lounge a sense of its provenance.

A tree canopy composed of gold diamond shapes adorn the exterior, creating a cocoon-like facade. Upon entering, all eyes are drawn to the woven limestone bar where curated cocktails, shooters and micro- and macro- beers are served up. Guests sitting at the bar also have a bird’s eye view of gaming action at six blackjack tables located in the heart of the room. Overhead is a sparkling chandelier, a fixture that exudes light from an array of cascading bronze-gold branches. The focal point accessory simultaneously suggests both sunlight and starlight, creating a centerpiece that animates the activity of the 24-hour gaming lounge. Eight high-definition TVs allow guests to stay abreast of exciting game day action at all times.

Inviting plush and organically realized furnishings grace the 3,000 square-foot room, allowing guests to sit comfortably on curved brown sofas, charcoal gray chairs, reclaimed wood communal tables and pillow-top bar stools. Backlit glass panels line the walls creating a modern, effusive glow complemented by glossy, silver leaf panels on the ceiling above, evoking the lighthearted pleasure of sitting under a tree amongst its fallen petals. Dark stone flooring complemented by light gray columns provide finishing touches for the polished look. With a prime location at the heart of the casino floor, the entire atmosphere captures an exciting spirit for guests to enjoy the view whether they want to jump-start the night or unwind for the day.

Win a staycation

To celebrate the opening of the new MGM National Harbor, Felt Bar & Lounge and Blossom Cocktail Lounge are offering the chance to win a VIP staycation. For this not-to- miss opportunity, register to win at  The winning package will include a one night stay in a Capital View King room, a $200 food and beverage credit, a $150 spa credit, VIP access to Blossom and a VIP table with tableside mixology service at Felt.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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