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... ... read full review
1214 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Red Line: Dupont Circle
M–Th, Su 11am–1am, F–Sa 11am–3am
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC –
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, a modern three-story space with soaring ceilings and a large ticker announcing the latest scores.
Though weeknights draw a more subdued crowd of young professionals, weekends see the place overflowing with trendy young couples and college students looking to burn off a few buckets of wings by dancing to DJ-spun Top 40 and hip-hop.
Another small dance area and lounge upstairs provides a more intimate spot to sway to the music, watch the game, or curl up with bottle service on the plush leather couches, while later in the night, sweaty revelers head to the rooftop deck for more DJ tunes and a bit of Grey Goose-fueled flirting.
Usually bustling with an outgoing crowd, Public Bar provides a great mix of sports, dancing, music, and booze that should satisfy just about any craving.
Dupont Circle locals, office workers, Happy Hour revelers, sports fans, college students, recent grads, and well-dressed urbanites, early 20s to mid-30s.
Forty TVs across three floors. DJs spin mostly hip-hop, Top 40, and techno Thursdays through Saturdays on the main floor and rooftop.
Bar menu including wings, burgers, and nachos.
Occasional cover charge $5. Appetizers $4–$9, entrées $7–$10, wings $10–$35. Beer $4.50–$7, wine $8/glass or $24–$30/bottle, cocktails $7–$12, bottle service $150+ (two bottle minimum). Valet $20.
Anything goes, though trendier at night: sports jerseys, office attire, jeans, button-downs, fashionable tops.
Fridays and Saturdays for guaranteed crowds and pockets of dancing on all three floors, or for any big sporting event to watch the action on the ten-foot projection screen.
Lucky Bar (1221 Connecticut Avenue NW) usually has less of a line on Fridays and Saturdays and historically serves the most dedicated soccer fans in the District.