There are three parts of going out in Georgetown: 1) Preppy boys (remember: popped collars are acceptable) 2) Bronzies (named after their artificial skin tone) and 3) Fake IDs.
At Third Edition, you’d do better not to use the last one. Seriously. It will be taken away and you will look silly and underage.
Unlike its Georgetown University companion, Rugby, Third Edition also has three things going for it: 1) Dancing, 2) Non-Georgetown students and 3) A nice patio. This is why, weekend after weekend, student and young professionals pay the $5 cover in order to be afforded the privilege of buying drinks at Third Edition. It’s simply more fun.
The $5 cover is less than ideal, unless you would prefer to spend an evening hob-knobbing with the more socially elite or sports enthusiastic crowd that Georgetown often invites.
Third Edition is only exceptional as a bar after 11, when they open the upstairs with its dance floor and back patio. The two-story bar is infinitely superior to the single floor bar/restaurant, but on a sparsely attended night there is slightly too much room for the crowd to spread out, and you run the risk of leaving with those you came with.
However, this is rarely an issue on the weekend, as Third Edition is a popular destination for two different colleges and a host of young professionals hoping to escape the hipster atmosphere in Arlington and Dupont Circle.
If you’re a smoker, Third’s tikki bar is a haven for you, as well as for anyone hoping to escape the dance floor. The dance floor rivals some of the more successful clubs, but the bar provides a respite for those who prefer conversing to rug cutting. Unlike the Georgetown Riverfront bars and some along the main M Street drag, Third Edition draws people who already know it was there, rather than the visiting tourist crowd.
If you are looking for affordable and exciting drinks, here’s a word of advice: go somewhere else. Third Edition is a college bar, and the drinks are college quality. Fancy drinks and quality cocktails are above the ability of this place during anytime it’s worth being there, and the price is bar standard ($6 rails, beers etc.) No happy hour specials, declaring loudly that this is a place that doesn’t need to run specials.
Third Edition may not be the most economically sanctimonious night out, but if you want to play where a variety of people will routinely have a pretty good time, it’s the place to be on a Saturday night.