Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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  • Bar / Club / Live Music Venue

    Rock & Roll Hotel - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Housed in a former mortuary – and possibly haunted, according to some bartenders – The Rock and Roll Hotel is a notoriously high-energy concert hall that is anything but dead. Eccentric yet classy, the two-story venue hosts locally and nationally recognized hip-hop, indie, punk, and electronic artists that draw a clientele ... more

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  • Dive Bar / Live Music Venue

    Velvet Lounge - Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A quintessential dive bar with a knack for booking some of the best up-and-coming and niche bands DC has to offer, Velvet Lounge makes up in attitude whatever it lacks in décor. Once past the flashing neon martini glass outside, patrons will find themselves in a cramped and narrow space, rubbing shoulders with the rotating ... 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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  • Club / Lounge

    Tuscana Lounge - Club | Lounge in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A swanky Italian restaurant by day, Tuscana West transforms after 11pm on Saturdays into Tuscana Lounge, and the stains on the dining room floor-turned-dance space are much more likely to be sweat and cocktails than primavera sauce. Illuminated by the bright purple glow through the large windows, dolled up divas ready to ... more

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  • Bar / Restaurant

    Madhatter - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review As if the name Madhatter weren’t enough, the big eponymous figure of the character from Alice in Wonderland in the front window is about as subtle as a caterpillar smoking a hookah. True, no potion has to be drunk to get through the door, but the blotto college kids and preppy young professionals flooding the bar during ... more

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  • Bar / Gastropub / Restaurant

    ChurchKey - Bar | Gastropub | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Whether they’re in the mood for delectable chocolate porters or a smoked bacon lager, patrons pining for the perfect hops will fare well at ChurchKey. With more than five hundred bottles, fifty drafts, twenty reserved labels, and five casks at the ready, this cozy bar – located above sister restaurant Birch & Barley – packs ... 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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    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:

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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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