Adams Morgan, Washington, DC.
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Packing more bars into a short stretch than anywhere else in DC – which makes the area both a surefire nighttime hotspot and a carmageddon parking nightmare – Adams Morgan has such a reputation for late-night rowdiness that residents call the main drag of 18th Street “The Liquoridor,” a moniker kept alive by the throngs of Friday-happy college kids who parade up and down the sidewalk looking for cheap drinks and raucous fun.

Diverse drinking dens and eclectic neighborhood haunts ensure patrons long past college age keep pace with the fracas, while music lovers can catch nightly live blues, jazz, and indie rock bands at several locations and more relaxed types can escape to neighborhood diners, late-night bookstores, independent coffee houses, and the handful of bars that keep the vibe lower key.

Culinary evidence of Adams Morgan’s South American and African heritage is also plentiful, attracting Washington foodies to many popular ethnic restaurants.

Even though the high-end scene isn’t as prevalent as in other parts of town, ongoing gentrification has brought in transplants with money to burn, followed by a handful of chic eateries, lounges, and clubs.

By day, Adams Morgan displays more of a bohemian side in the form of eccentric boutiques, outdoor markets, and vintage shops that open whenever the owners feel like it, as well as eclectic studios that offer classes in belly dancing, sewing, and pottery.

In September, the annual Adams Morgan Day 18th Street Festival attracts more than 20,000 attendees for live music, dancing, art shows, and cultural celebrations, while Crafty Bastards in the fall attracts similar numbers to the city’s largest craft fair.

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