Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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    Dirty Martini - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A cavernous upscale temple to its namesake drink, Dirty Martini is popular for everything from a midweek working lunch – liquid or otherwise – to a post-work pre-party, to a classy after-hours soiree. Exposed white brick, sleek hardwood, and modern Italian furniture provide a classy backdrop for the foreign policy bigwigs ... more

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    Café Saint-Ex - Bar | Club | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A popular neighborhood haunt for artsy post-grads and young professionals, Café Saint-Ex may fly high with its aviation-themed décor, but the vibe is considerably more bohemian – in fact, a chalked sign near the door respectfully asks that “all collars be turned down prior to entry.” Named after Antoine de Saint-Exupery ... more

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    MIA Lounge - Club | Lounge in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review The flush of neon leaking from the entrance and the prominent sign featuring the silhouette of a provocatively posed lady in place of the “I” make Miami-styled lounge MIA hard to miss. Then there’s the six-foot rabbit. More on that later. Catering to a young crowd of clubbers dressed to impress ... more

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  • Dive Bar

    Solly's U Street Tavern - Dive Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review There’s no shortage of bars in DC where powerful politicos can drop mad cash on over-priced drinks, but Solly’s U Street Tavern takes a decidedly different approach, offering $3 PBRs at any hour in a bare-bones building that wouldn’t know pretension if it showed up dressed as a wrecking ball. Midweek finds the bottom floor ... more

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    The Wonderland Ballroom - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Nestled in a mostly residential neighborhood, The Wonderland Ballroom is both a popular community gathering spot and a nighttime funhouse for the young and reckless of Columbia Heights. Wood-paneled walls covered with vintage beer ads, street signs, stickers, Buddha statues, and movie posters, however, create a flavor that ... 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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