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Ivy City’s New ‘Social Club’ Has Ball Pits for Kids and a Bar for Parents

Eater logo Eater 2/14/2020 Tierney Plumb
a chair sitting in front of a building: The open, glass-enclosed layout lets parents keep an eye on their kid at The Lane. © Dominique Munoz/The Lane The open, glass-enclosed layout lets parents keep an eye on their kid at The Lane.

With little Timmy in tow, parents can now reroute babysitter funds towards drinks, lattes, and avocado toast at the Lane, Ivy City’s new family-centric social club.

The 7,800-square-foot business (1408 Okie Street NE). opened yesterday in the evolving Northeast neighborhood, which counts distilleries, wineries, amaro bars, and a Michelin-rated tasting menu spot.

Working moms Molly Nizhnikov and Rachel Lubin wanted to create a two-level place where kids can run free while their parents chill out and connect over wine, coffee, sandwiches, and salads served at an upstairs cafe and bar. IPAs and pale ales come from neighbor Atlas Brew Works. Wine on draft features pours of bubbly, rose, white, and red.

Breakfast items include a Parmesan prosciutto egg sandwich, bagel and lox, and acai bowls, followed by a Mediterranean farro salad, caprese panzanella, and muffuletta. Kids can order a cheese and meat plate modeled after Lunchables, cheese pizza, or grilled cheese.

A giant spiral slide, a 10-foot climbing wall, a ball pit, a netted loft and tunnel, and a reading nook are all meant to entertain (read: tire out) tykes.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window © Dominique Munoz/The Lane
The Lane boasts soaring 20-foot ceilings, exposed steel elements, and pastel seating.

A catering kitchen equips local restaurants like Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Bullfrog Bagels, and Della Barba Pizza to supply birthday parties.

Memberships start at $95 per month (per family) and increase based on the number of children. New parents can pay $225 for a three-month deal. Perks include unlimited visits, 10 percent off food and drinks, and discounts on birthday party bookings and events.

Drop-in rates are $20 per child for a two-hour visit. Adults are free, and there’s a 10 percent discount for siblings.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).


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