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Washington DC Clubs, Bars, Restaurants, Nightlife, and Events

The nation’s capital may be a government town at heart, but its social scene abounds with new and youthful energy, buoyed by the ever-changing waves of politicians, lobbyists, foreign representatives, and thousands of eager interns and staffers that flow in and out like clockwork looking for all kinds of things to do.

Federal work hours bolster a hulking Happy Hour habit, where deals are made and global plans are pondered at bars and restaurants all over the city, but also where people can – and do – let loose with reckless abandon after a long day.

Later hours are easily consumed by bars and lounges catering to a richly diverse population, live music joints celebrating the District’s proud musical heritage, and clubs driven by moneyed internationals and urban trendsetters.

At the same time, the iconic landmarks that dot the low skyline and myriad events inspired by the monuments captivate millions of vacationers every year, while dozens of top schools draw young bloods and bluebloods alike on their quest for challenging classes and nightlife fun.

Even those who don’t know an energy bill from their dinner bill can enjoy DC and its social landscape primed by politics and always open to party.

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  1. Lucas

    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

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  2. Adriana

    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

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    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

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