Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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  • Dive Bar / Irish Pub

    Kelly's Irish Times - Dive Bar | Irish Pub in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review With beer and cheer o’er flowin’, Kelly’s Irish Times has been a DC staple that’s survived and thrived – and no doubt put up with loads of bad Irish puns – for longer than even the oldest of the old-fart regulars can remember. Pub purists from across the pond might decry the all-American bric-a-brac that dresses the walls ... more

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  • Bar / Club / Restaurant

    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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  • Spanish Restaurant / Tapas Bar

    La Tasca - Spanish Restaurant | Tapas Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Once patrons step into La Tasca, the hustle and bustle of Chinatown is completely abolished, seamlessly replaced with the hustle and bustle of festive guests devouring tapas and slinging back pitchers of fruity booze. Decorated like an elegant old Spanish estate, the vibrant yellow main room is decked out in spear-studded ... more

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  • Bar / Live Music Venue / Lounge

    Eighteenth Street Lounge - Bar | Live Music Venue | Lounge in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Little of Eighteenth Street Lounge’s façade would attract the attention of an uninitiated passerby, save for the bouncer who plants himself before its unmarked door or the lines that form beneath the neon glow of a “MATTRESS DISCOUNTS” sign on the adjacent building. Inside this three-story lounge, however, DC scenesters ... more

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  • Historic Bar / Historic Restaurant

    Old Ebbitt Grill - Historic Bar | Historic Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill has long been popular with everyone from presidents and political insiders to wandering tourists, all attracted by the upscale American menu, the raw bar, and the fun of guessing which table was Theodore Roosevelt’s. A stone’s throw from The White House, the venue sports neoclassical ... more

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  • Bar / Lounge / Restaurant

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

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