Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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  • Bar / Club / Live Music Venue

    U Street Music Hall - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Founded by DJs, U Street Music Hall is the kind of club where brilliant lighting and thunderous beats rattle the clientele, and where everyone eschews bottle service and Top 40 in favor of uninhibited dancing. Almost every night outside the unassuming brick building, lines of party people wearing everything from cocktail ... more

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  • Sports Bar

    19th - Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Although 19th has a subtle golf theme, this cozy neighborhood bar doesn’t discriminate when it comes to sports – and its décor suggests that drinking games are a better team activity anyway. Vintage alcohol signs take up much of the turf-green walls, commingling with placards bearing tried-and-true axioms like, “Beauty ... more

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  • Bar / Pub / Restaurant

    Bier Baron Tavern - Bar | Pub | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A spacious basement pub with more than five hundred bottled beers and fifty more on tap, Bier Baron Tavern – located under the Bier Baron Hotel – draws a mix of beer connoisseurs, college students, and after-work politicos eager to get down to some serious drinking in this hops and barley heaven. Walls covered in vintage ... more

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  • Restaurant / Rooftop Bar / Sports Bar

    Public Bar - Restaurant | Rooftop Bar | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Frequent drink specials, weekend DJs, and walls covered in TVs and photos of athletes give upscale Public Bar wide appeal among sports fans, Happy Hour enthusiasts, and weekend dance fiends alike. Exposed brick walls peppered with quotes from sports greats like Muhammad Ali set the sporty tone in this former nightclub ... more

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  • Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Ventnor Sports Café - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Though the owner hails from Philadelphia – and makes no secret of his affinity for the City of Brotherly Love – Ventnor Sports Café welcomes fans of every ilk and creed with a no-fuss “games-‘n’-beer-are-king” attitude. Twenty TVs scattered over both floors ensure no one misses an important play, while two bars serving ... 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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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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