Party Earth Review Patrons looking for an escape from the typical turbulence of Adams Morgan will find it at Bourbon, a homey bar and club that brings a bit of Kentucky charm to this college-heavy strip of 18th Street. Rich wood floors and... ... read full review
2321 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Red Line: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan
M–Th 6pm–2am, F 5pm–3am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 9:30am–2am
Adams Morgan, Washington, DC –
Patrons looking for an escape from the typical turbulence of Adams Morgan will find it at Bourbon, a homey bar and club that brings a bit of Kentucky charm to this college-heavy strip of 18th Street.
Rich wood floors and dimly-lit sconces and chandeliers create a mellow vibe, especially during the week when everyone from philosophical skater kids to flashy connoisseurs stop in to pour over the venue’s ten-page liquor list.
Often busy with the after-work crowd, the ground floor bar sees swarms of young professionals settling in on stainless steel stools to fill up on hearty comfort food like bison burgers and sizable portions of mac and cheese, or just to quietly sip the daily four-dollar bourbon special.
The atmosphere gets livelier on Friday and Saturday nights, when the upstairs dance floor is packed wall to wall as gals in cocktail dresses jive with plaid-clad grad students over more rounds of rye.
On summer nights and during weekend brunches, the patio is flooded with conversation and cigarette smoke as patrons order round after round of Bloody Marys, pancakes, and barrel-aged spirits.
A whiskey lover’s utopia, Bourbon is an intimate reprieve during the week and a late-night party spot on the weekends.
With more than two hundred varieties and counting, Bourbon boasts one of the largest collections of craft whiskeys in the city. Even the food is inspired by the bar’s namesake. Try a flight of bourbon samples and the Bourbon Decker sandwich – an awesome combination of bourbon-marinated tenderloin, smoked gouda, and avocado.
Young professionals, hipsters, whiskey connoisseurs, casual regulars, night owls, glammed-up groups of girls, and barhoppers, early 20s to early 30s.
DJ plays mostly hip-hop and old-school dance music on Fridays and Saturdays. Two TVs generally tuned to sports and local news.
American fare including cheeseburgers, steaks, and tater tots. Happy Hour M–Th 6–7:30pm, F 5–7:30pm.
Brunch menu $8–$13, appetizers $5–$8, soups $5.50–$7, salads $5.50–$16, sandwiches $5–$12.50, entrées $13–$23, desserts $6.
Beer $3–$8, wine $7–$9/glass or $30–$45/bottle, cocktails $10, mixed drinks $6–$8, bourbon $3–$60, whiskey tasting $15–$40.
Anything goes: office attire, button-downs, designer jeans, cocktail dresses, plaid shirts, skinny jeans, sweats.
Weeknights for a mellower vibe compared to most nearby venues, or Fridays and Saturdays after 11pm for dancing crowds and party people more in line with the standard Adams Morgan vibe.
The elegant Jack Rose (2007 18th Street NW) just down the street offers an intimate atmosphere and a long list of craft bourbons, whiskeys, and scotches.