Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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  • Cigar Bar / Restaurant

    Shelly's Back Room - Cigar Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Situated just two blocks from the White House and guarded by a saluting five-foot Native American statue, Shelly’s Back Room is one of only a handful of DC establishments where folks can still get together for an indoor smoke without suffering the evil eye from suburban yoga moms and soy milk-drinking herbivores. In fact ... more

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  • Bar

    Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar - Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Marked only by a single light above its door, Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar is a neighborhood haunt catering to anyone in the mood for three-dollar beers, loud rock music, and oceans of vibrant purple décor. Once inside the main room of this tri-level violet catacomb, a young and unpretentious crowd enjoys everything ... more

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  • Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Sign of the Whale - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Since the early 70s, Sign of the Whale has served as a dingy retreat for overworked politicos and the barely twenty-one crowd looking to swallow their troubles and maybe harpoon a mate. Half off the drinks list during the 4 to 7pm weekday Happy Hour makes the venue a popular hangout for area young professionals ... more

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  • Club / Lounge / Restaurant

    Lima Restaurant & Lounge - Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Part restaurant, part lounge, and part techno dance party, K Street’s Lima Restaurant & Lounge is a near-nightly scene of bumps, grinds, and chichi nibbles. Early in the evening, the after-work Happy Hour crowd tends to populate the main floor bar, washing off the day with a few mojitos and a wide-screen broadcast of major ... more

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  • Bar / Restaurant

    Bar Pilar - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A Hemingway-inspired haunt in the heart of the bustling U Street Corridor, Bar Pilar is a go-to neighborhood hotspot for its hipster-heavy regulars who come for small plates, strong drinks, and lots of “Ernest” references. Exposed pipes and glass chandeliers hover above the groups of laid-back young professionals who crowd ... more

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  • Bar / Gastropub / Restaurant

    Birch & Barley - Bar | Gastropub | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A delectable menu of seasonal bites and a giant assortment of handcrafted ales lie behind the tall wood doors of Birch & Barley, a haven for sophisticated patrons on the hunt for good food and a lot of brew. With more than five hundred bottled beers, fifty drafts, and five casks at the ready, the venue is a veritable Shangri ... more

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Browse DC Bars and Clubs by Category

Government may be run by only two parties, but the bars and clubs in Washington, DC are not so limited. Battalions of politicos, staffers, and commuters – who double the city’s population daily – flood the streets and cram into bars all over town to celebrate that most happiest of Happy Hours.

Dupont Circle is well-known for its high-end drinking dens catering to lawyers and lobbyists in need of some swanky nightlife, but at the same time attracts all types to its surplus of sports bars, quaint taverns, spacious pubs, and gay bars.

College kids crush the infamous 18th Street strip in Adams Morgan to go wild, while Georgetown – despite the privileged pedigree of its residents – shelters everything from glitzy bars to timeless saloons. And then there’s the up-and-coming H Street Corridor and ever-popular U Street, both lined with themed haunts, craft brewpubs, and bare-bones dives.

Although visitors will meet people from all walks of life in DC watering holes, the international vibe is even more apparent in the higher end bars and clubs and lounges, with moneyed embassy dignitaries, wealthy diplomat kids, and foreign jet-setters squeezing their way into the most exclusive red-roped venues in Dupont, and powerbrokers dancing to power ballads Downtown or in Georgetown.

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