DC gets new ‘secret garden’ nightclub

Photo by Daniel Swartz/Sachi

The Babylon Group, the locally-owned hospitality group behind Decades and other popular bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the District, has opened yet another venue, Sachi. Designed as an Asian influenced secret garden oasis, adorned with custom ornamentation and lush greenery, this latest hot spot showcases a top-of-the-line light and sound system.

The custom sound and lighting system at Sachi Nightclub, provides a heightened sensory experience for guests and is arguably one of the most innovative system in the city. Designed by John Fiorito of iDesign Productions, who is also the exclusive audio designer and technician of E11EVEN MIAMI, the world’s only 24/7 Ultraclub, the sound system was commissioned using state-of-the-art Rational Acoustic SMAART to ensure perfect sight and sonic timing alignment. The lighting design, created by Michael Meacham, is equally energetic.

“I wanted the design to compliment the personality of the space,” says Meacham. “To me, that meant a ‘bold’ and ‘sharp’ lighting feature in the center of the venue, enhanced by individual pixel bars by industry innovator, Cameo, to create a lot of color and movement effects.”

The Sachi experience is enhanced by dynamic interior design and décor by Empire of K owner and designer, Kristy Cole. Walls of golden birchwood trees greet guests as they enter the space while kokedamas, the ornamental plants featured in Japanese gardens, dangle from the ceiling. Live moss frames and a custom-made mural by Fernanda Almeida inspired by Klimt and the gaining of equal rights for women, adorn the walls.

Located at 727 15th Street NW, which formerly housed L8 Lounge and Recess, Sashi provides 3,000 sq ft and is limited to no more than 400 people—making for an intimate and exclusive evening.

Sachi is the first of three new nightlife venues to open this year from The Babylon Group. Later this summer, the group plans to reveal Koi, a lounge and nightclub featuring expertly crafted sushi and curated cocktails, and Twelve After Twelve, a space over 8,000 sq ft where live artists will perform in the heart of Dupont Circle, boasting a Victorian mansion design with an outdoor patio featuring music from local and international talent.

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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