Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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  • Bar / Live Music Venue / Restaurant

    DC9 - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Situated in the up-and-coming U Street Corridor, DC9 is a multistory haven for local music enthusiasts, with live acts blasting out its second floor almost every night. Early evenings see the softly-lit street level bar festooned with tattooed men in fedoras on a first-name basis with the bartender, while groups of hipster ... more

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  • Mexican Restaurant / Tequila Bar

    El Centro D.F. - Mexican Restaurant | Tequila Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Three distinct levels – from a classy, intimate basement to a rowdy open-air rooftop – make El Centro D.F. (Distrito Federal) a multi-faceted haunt for anyone in need of inventive Mexican cuisine or just a mess of tequila. Textured walls and rough-hewn tables make up the industrial ground floor, which swells with a trendy ... more

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  • Bar / Restaurant

    Masa 14 - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Inside the sparsely-decorated and industrial-sized space that makes up Masa 14, flocks of trendy urbanites gather to enjoy small plates, late nights, and bottomless brunches. A brick wall lined with rows of empty tequila bottles near the entrance highlights the venue’s minimalist vibe, and simple veneer tables fill most ... 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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    Black Cat - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A U Street Corridor staple since 1993, Black Cat is a cornerstone of the DC music and nightlife scene, and continues to feature an incredibly diverse mix of nightly acts. Lesser-known bands and DJs perform on the knee-high stage in the Backstage Concert Room, a purple-hued and sparsely decorated ground floor space that ... 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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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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    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

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