Royal Sands Social Club makes its Navy Yard debut

The Royal Sands has a sunken “swimming pool” bar at the entrance, complete with blue pool tiles and palm trees. (Courtesy Dan Swartz)
The Royal Sands, at 26 N Street, Southeast, is a total of 14,000 square feet with two levels, three bars, a large patio and private rooms. (Courtesy Dan Swartz)
The Royal Sands is the second Navy Yard restaurant for Mission Group. (Courtesy Dan Swartz)
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Supply chain issues delayed the opening of restaurant operator Mission Group‘s most ambitious restaurant project for months, but Royal Sands Social Club has opened its doors in D.C.’s Navy Yard.

And you might even be tempted to wear your swimming suit.

The owners created what they call “the beach and bar vibe of Florida.” The DJ spins music from a lifeguard stand. There is a sunken “swimming pool” bar at the entrance, complete with blue pool tiles and palm trees.



The entire restaurant, at 26 N Street, Southeast, is a total of 14,000 square feet with two levels, three bars, large patio and private rooms. One of the private rooms has a private VIP entrance.

The 80-foot-long upstairs main bar overlooks Nationals Park and includes sliding glass door windows and mirrored cabanas.

The menu follows the beach theme –– with conch fritters, gator bao buns, calamari, shrimp buckets, sushi, piña coladas, royal rum punch and key lime crush.

It’s the second Navy Yard restaurant for Mission Group which opened Tex-Mex restaurant Mission Navy Yard in 2018. The original Mission in Dupont Circle opened in 2014. Its other restaurants include Hawthorne, The Admiral, and SALAZAR.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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