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 / Café / Restaurant

    Busboys and Poets - Bar | Café | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Just north of the main party hub of U Street, progressive-minded locals can be found at Busboys and Poets, a celebrated restaurant, bar, bookstore, and art gallery where creative thought flows as freely as the house sangria. Midweek finds mellow regulars congregating in the lounge, where they while away the afternoon on ... more

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  • Restaurant / Wine Bar

    Proof - Restaurant | Wine Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review With a mix of contemporary American cuisine and a wine list more aptly described as a “book,” Proof attracts a refined crowd of local foodies and oenophiles who are drawn by the strong emphasis on organic and sustainable ingredients and the bar’s one-thousand-plus wine selection. Exposed brick and glowing pendant lights ... more

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  • Bar / Club / Restaurant

    Habana Village - Bar | Club | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A popular destination for salsa experts and merengue beginners alike, Habana Village is a high-energy hotspot for those in the mood for Cuban cuisine, Latin music, and a slew of signature mojitos. Located in a converted three-story townhouse, the venue draws a sociable and ethnically diverse crowd, all dolled up in flowing ... more

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  • Club / Lounge

    L2 Lounge - Club | Lounge in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review The line of text in L2 Lounge’s membership application is clear: “There are no free memberships. It doesn't matter who you are or who you think you know.” Such is the great equalizer of this ultra-modern Georgetown lounge, which caters to its members first and anyone willing to pay a $20–$30 cover charge second – but only ... more

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  • Irish Pub / Irish Restaurant / Live Music Venue

    The Dubliner - Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Catty-corner to historic Union Station, The Dubliner is a family-owned Irish pub that has been serving up nightly Irish bands, authentic Gaelic grub, and gallons of Guinness since 1974. A large sidewalk patio entices groups of casual tourists or guests at the adjacent Phoenix Park Hotel to fuel up on traditional country ... 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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  1. Lucas

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

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

    Adriana Likes: Exclusive Nightclub Fashion Forward Shopping Jetsetter Lounge Hotel Bar High End / Exclusive

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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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