THE QUICK AND DIRTY
Play if… you were a bootlegger (or a gangster) in a previous life.
Avoid if… guns make you nervous or you are a prohibitionist.
Insomnia Escape DC:
Address: 2300 Wisconsin Ave NW, #200B, Washington, DC 20007 (click address for a Google Map)
Contact and Website: 202-600-0419
Description (from the company website): Tucked away in a remote alleyway, behind an unmarked door and camouflaged with a fancy gallery space, there is an urban heaven for booze aficionados. This is the year 1933, under mysterious circumstances, you are transferred to a secret speakeasy, back in the waning days of Prohibition.
Difficulty (1-10): 6/10
Time Limit: 60 minutes
Cost: $29/per person
Party Size: 2-7
Staging Area: The staging area was basically a lobby with a couch, coat closet, and a water cooler.
Metro Access/Parking: The nearest Metro stop is either Tenleytown or Woodley Park metro (and then a bus), so it’s likely easier to drive/cab/Lyft in. There is street parking and one or two garages nearby.
Description: Set in a saloon, you walk into the bar. There’s a poker table with several hands showing and a full pot on the table. The empty booze bottles on the shelf, and a pistol. Well decorated and themed, but it did feel a little crammed at first.
Understanding of the Mission: pretty straightforward… We needed to figure out who was killed and where they stashed the goods.
Did We Escape: Indeed we did.
Time Remaining: Just over 5 minutes.
Our Suggested Party Size: We had 7, so the recommended party size of 2-7 was pretty spot on.
Did the room challenge the entire team? Yes, there was plenty for people to work on as smaller teams.
Members of the team (other than the ERG): Stephanie, Chris, Jess and Tom.
Worth the time and money? This location proves the old adage “never judge a book by its cover” since the building and office space is a little unassuming, but the room was really well done. We would do it again if we had to do it all over.
Where to Eat/Drink Before/After:
- Old Europe. Authentic German food a few minutes walk. Been there twice.
- Slate Wine Bar + Bistro. We stopped in right after for drinks. Good selection of wine flights.