Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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  • Jazz Club / Restaurant

    Columbia Station - Jazz Club | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Crammed inside a bright purple building that looks more like a Harry Potter hangout than a jazz club, Columbia Station attracts a sophisticated but unpretentious crowd with its roster of live music – and no cover charge. Softly lit by a wall display of brass instruments intertwined with twinkling lights, the cozy space ... 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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  • Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Rhino Bar & Pumphouse - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Rhino Bar & Pumphouse normally kicks off the night with a traditional sports bar feel, as friendly groups of neighborhood sports lovers sit glued to the couple of dozen TVs and root for any team but the Yankees. The ground floor saloon fills up quickly on game nights, with hordes of young male professionals and the occasional ... more

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  • Bar / Café / Culture / Live Music Venue / Bookstore

    Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café - Bar | Café | Culture | Live Music Venue | Bookstore in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A combination independent bookseller and high-end café, Kramerbooks & Afterwords has become a DC staple for an eclectic and hyper-literate clientele. Lined with classics, rarer finds, novelty books, and a wide selection of politically-minded literature, the bookstore offers a pleasant place for smartly-dressed patrons to ... more

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  • Beer Garden / Gastropub

    Granville Moore's - Beer Garden | Gastropub in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Hidden in an unassuming row house, Granville Moore’s is a rustic neighborhood gastropub that prepares a thousand pounds of mussels and potatoes every week – all from a kitchen not much bigger than a walk-in closet. The venue also serves an array of sandwiches and steaks to the hungry regulars who flood in every night, but ... more

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  • Bar / Restaurant

    Stetson's Famous Bar & Grill - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Saddled on the edge of the always-hopping U Street party scene since the early 1980s, Stetson’s Famous Bar & Grill remains a chill watering hole for pre-game beers and cowboy-lazy evenings. The dive’s ground floor sports a downplayed country-themed décor, with a few rustic cow skulls and scattered fake WANTED posters on ... 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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    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

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