Marvin is a neighborhood bistro and roof deck bar in the heart of Washington, DC
Marvin is at once a small neighborhood bistro and a mainstay of DC’s eclectic bar and club scene. From the time of its founding in 2007, it has provided common ground—both literal and figurative—for members of the vibrant and diverse community it serves. Its patrons congregate within its walls to rub elbows, break bread, exchange ideas, and illuminate its dance floors with jubilant expression.
While developing the concept for the space, owner Eric Hilton (of Eighteenth Street Lounge and Thievery Corporation) drew inspiration from soul singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye’s period of self-imposed exile in Belgium. In the winter of 1981, Gaye traveled to Ostend with his son and girlfriend at the urging of longtime friend Freddy Couseart, a Belgian concert promoter. Once there, he entered a period of asceticism, rehabilitation, and reflection. He was able to develop relationships with residents of the small seaside town that were unfettered by the pretense and fanfare that defined his time as a celebrity in the United States. Many close to him attribute the palpable surge of clarity and creativity he experienced upon his return to his time spent abroad. Marvin’s menu is an ode to both the culinary landscape that defined Gaye’s formative years in the Shaw neighborhood of DC, and the regional cuisine he encountered during his travels.
2007 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
Su 1030am-3pm & 5pm-2am