Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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    Chadwicks - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Set in an area more often lauded for its refined, high-end establishments, Chadwicks is a casual joint that has been serving up basic burgers and beer since the 1960s. Students and unpretentious area residents flock to this rustic bi-level venue for daily Happy Hour specials and rowdy weekend shenanigans, wolfing down ... more

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    The Park at Fourteenth - Bar | Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Located just blocks from the White House, The Park at Fourteenth is an upscale club that seduces its stylish patrons with four stories of fashionable fun. It is not uncommon to see celebrities and pro athletes waltzing in through the red-carpeted entrance, making their way past stern, unyielding bouncers and block-long ... more

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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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  • 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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    Town Hall - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Multi-faceted Town Hall offers guests the chance to relax in its expansive patios on sunny weekends, feast on upscale New American cuisine during dinner hours, and get rowdy with a well-to-do college crowd late into the night. A long walk from the rest of Georgetown’s hopping nightlife scene, the venue still manages ... more

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    Tattoo Bar - Bar | Club in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A biker’s joint with an upscale twist, Tattoo Bar may sport the requisite dark interior, industrial décor, and body art implied by its name, but it’s by no means a dive. Girls in sexy dresses strut through the hanging bike chains in the entry, checking their reflections in the mirrored wall before sidling up to the sleek ... 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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