Vibe: Velvet rope? Check. Doorman? Check. Modern is a cool, swanky, upscale lounge in the heart of Georgetown. Show up in jeans and you'll probably feel kind of gross, or even unclean, standing next to these beautiful people wearing expensive outfits, designer shoes and flashing dazzling white teeth. In fact, Modern has a dress code, of sorts, so leave the tennis shoes and athletic wear at home.

Inside, there are low tables and comfy bench seats, but good luck sitting there. The night I went to Modern, every single table was marked "Reserved," though it wasn't reserved for anyone in particular -- just those folks with enough loot to afford VIP service, which includes a minimum bottle purchase (and bottle prices start at $150). Instead, I grabbed a low, wheeled ottoman at the circular bar in the center of the lounge area.

Crowd: Georgetown has a rep as a place for the rich and snooty, but the crowd at Modern was extremely friendly. Modern appeals to a diverse group of people in their early 20s to mid-30s. The only thing they seemed to have in common was a love for fancy martinis and grooving to music. I bonded with a girl at the bar after complimenting her cute, blue, spike heels. "Five dollars at TJ Maxx," she said. That'll teach me to judge a bar by its cover. Even when the dance floor was so crowded you couldn't help but bump into people, nobody copped a 'tude about it. I was definitely feeling the love.

Libations: There's an ATM inside Modern and that's a good thing, since you're going to need a lot of cash to drink in this joint. Most people downed mixed drinks costing $8-$12 a piece. There's no beer on tap, and a bottle costs $5. The club features more than a dozen house specials with names like the Modern-O-Tini and Crunk Juice. They're tasty; unfortunately, they go down quick like liquid candy.

Sounds: The music varies depending on the night. I went on a Friday when DJ Stylus Chris delivered what the club calls "the ultimate mix of hand-selected party jams." And what a mix it was -- everything from Dido to 50 Cent, to acid jazz and old school hip-hop. Tuesdays offer house music; Wednesdays feature an international mix of high energy house and dance music; Thursdays are for hip-hop and break dancing and Saturdays offer a mix of hip-hop, house, reggae and old school.

Service: The bartenders stand below floor level, so I was eye-to-eye with my server. It looks odd, but it works, and I was very comfortable. I can't say enough about how good the bartenders are at Modern. Even when the bar was packed, service was quick and the staff never looked harried. Not only will they serve you drinks, but they're nice enough to take your picture or let you bum a smoke.

Bottom Line: Dress to impress and leave the play money at home, because at Modern you're gonna need some serious loot.