Visit MK Lounge for Music, Dining and Cocktails

Dereje “DJ” Zewdie is the owner of MK Lounge in Shaw’s Little Ethiopia. Photo by Alexander M. Padro, Courtesy Shaw Main Streets.

Multicolored lights, hip hop and Afrobeat music and “really good vibes” greet visitors to MK Lounge, 1930 Ninth St. NW. Located in the heart of Little Ethiopia, the lounge offers patrons a premium selection of liquor, food, and music. The lounge is the brainchild of owner Dereje “DJ” Zewdie.

Zewdie is the co-owner of Habesha Market and Carryout, a casual Ethiopian restaurant across the street from MK Lounge. A former photographer, he now indulges his creativity by creating the lounge’s beverage and cuisine menus. He attends bartending exhibitions and conventions to discover the latest cocktail trends.

The food menu features Zewdie’s own recipes. Sample his unique take on baked wings, kebabs and seafood. Zewdie constantly tweaks the food selection, incorporating new ingredients discovered in his culinary ramblings. Cheese quesadillas, a recent addition, are the restaurant’s new bestseller.

Seeking a late-night bite? MK Lounge’s kitchen closes just thirty minutes before the bar. Zewdie noted the importance of customer experience and serving food to customers throughout the night. The lounge is the perfect place to “just sit down and chill.”  All patrons must be 21 years or older. For more information, visit

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