Zanzibar began its existence in 1992 in Liberty Plaza at 1714 G Street, NW, one block from the White House. We were formed as a niche venue catering primarily to the international clientele who worked close by at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and to customers who appreciated the richness of cultures unlike their own. At the time, our music format was exclusively “world-beat.” We played hit tunes from the Caribbean, the African Diaspora and Latin America, and featured live shows with artists from those areas.
In 1998, Zanzibar moved to 700 Water Street, SW, our current location. We became Zanzibar on the Waterfront, purchased and renovated our building and opened for business in May, 1998. We expanded our music and entertainment concept to include house, hip-hop, neo soul and old school R&B, and quickly became Washington, DC’s premier entertainment destination.
We are now known world-wide, primarily because of the diversity of our entertainment. No other venue in Washington has remained as stable or as popular for so long.
Washington DC’s premier international entertainment complex; a three-story, 26,000 sq. ft. building comfortably accommodating 1,700 people. Our waterfront location provides breath-taking views of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument and other historic landmarks. There are seven bars, two large dance floors, a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, 10 TV monitors, two 10 ft. projection screens and a stage for live performances. The tented 2nd floor deck and private 3rd floor VIP observation terrace with a 180 degree view of beautiful Washington DC and VA across the Potomac. On the fourth of July, guests can view the breath-taking fireworks display at the Washington Monument, Arlington, and historic Anacostia from our decks or patio. No other VIP club in the area provides scenic views as spectacular.