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Hawaiian Punch

Apex gets its lei on next Friday

Tired of this prolonged winter cold snap? You could head to Hawaii to escape. Or you could just venture over to west Dupont, where next Friday, Jan. 22, Apex throws its first Aloha Dance Party.

If you’re one of the first 200 people in the door, you can even be assured of getting lei’d.

Apex drag queen regular Epiphany Bloomingdale is ”going to prance around, being a little pretty Aloha Princess, passing out silk leis to everybody,” explains Apex’s manager Joey ”Joey-O” Oldaker. They’ll also pass out grass hula skirts.

”Anybody daring enough to put on a grass skirt can check their clothes — and they can prance onstage if they’d like,” Oldaker laughs. Even coconut bras will be available for girls and drag queens.

”We just wanted to do something that was kind of fun and different,” says Oldaker. Apex regular Randy White will spin tunes, though nothing specifically Hawaiian. ”That’s where your imagination will have to come into play,” says Oldaker, adding there will be other surprises in store, including prize-filled balloon drops throughout the night.

Next Friday is to be the first of two theme parties at the club this month, and then again the fourth and fifth Fridays in the months to follow. Friday, Jan. 29, brings a Winter Wonderland party, which will feature a Snow Queen passing out goodies, plus ”a snowstorm inside the club.” These special theme nights bring $2 rail and domestic beer specials from 9 to 11 p.m, and open bar from 11 to midnight. The women’s party Gloss will continue on the first Friday of each month, and Caliente Grande, the Latin party, the second and third Fridays.

”Our ultimate goal is to have something different every Friday night,” Oldaker says. ”Anytime you come to Apex, you’re not going to have a normal night out.”

And yes, the staff will dress for the theme nights.

”I will be in aloha garb,” Joey confirms. A grass skirt? ”Maybe, maybe. I make no promises.”

The Aloha Dance Party happens Friday, Jan. 22, at 9 p.m. Apex Nightclub, 1415 22nd St. NW. Cover is $6 for everyone 18 and up. Call 202-296-0505 or visit

Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.