The Front Page

Bar / Restaurant
The Front Page The Front Page in DC's Dupont Circle has stellar Happy Hour & a weeknight club scene. Extra extra, join the Washington, DC college regulars at Party Earth. Washington, DC United States 38.908584 -77.044458
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The Front Page - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Though The Front Page may not win any culinary awards, its Happy Hour has been the stuff of legends since the place opened in 1987. Daytime sees the expansive venue playing host to throngs of policy wonks and stressed... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 11:30am–2am, F 11:30am–3am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 10am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Front Page Review

The Scene

The Front Page in DC's Dupont Circle has stellar Happy Hour & a weeknight club scene. Extra extra, join the Washington, DC college regulars at Party Earth.

Though The Front Page may not win any culinary awards, its Happy Hour has been the stuff of legends since the place opened in 1987.

Daytime sees the expansive venue playing host to throngs of policy wonks and stressed-out staffers who stop in to watch CNN or catch a game on the dozen TVs, while tourists take to the large patio to fill up on pastrami and burgers before venturing out to area museums.

Decorated with photographs highlighting historical newspapers – some dating as far back as the 1800s – the restaurant is relatively quiet during the week, at least until 4pm when the much-anticipated Happy Hour rolls around.

At that point, the $2.50 rails, beers, and wine are usually enough to entice feistier college kids, especially on Thursdays when free tacos and a pig roast accompany the drinks till 7pm and select beers carry an even bigger discount all night.

Friday and Saturday nights turn it up further, when tables and chairs are removed to provide space for dancing, fluorescent lights flood the room, and DJs keep waves of preppy party people coming in for some cover charge-free fun.

Weekend brunch is a buffet of budget goodness, so the bleary-eyed can coat their tummies or just keep the revelry going with Sunday’s bottomless mimosas.

Raucous or relaxed depending on the hour of the day, The Front Page continues to make headlines on the social feed of many DC denizens.

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Tip from Lucas:

The free tacos on Thursdays are perfect for pre-gaming, especially when accompanied by the all-night $2 beer specials. But be forewarned: this deal is not a secret, so if you don’t want to fight for access to the taco bar, it’s wise to show up before it starts at 5pm.

  • Crowd

    Happy Hour deal seekers, festive college kids, young professionals, hungry tourists and families, neighboring embassy staffers, and sports fans if a game is on, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin mostly Top 40 and house on Fridays and Saturdays, with a large projection screen featuring championship games. News and sports on the flat-screens during weekdays and Happy Hour.

    Trivia on Tuesdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of hearty American comfort food including burgers, sandwiches, fish & chips, and ribs. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    No cover charge. Brunch menu $10–$16, appetizers $6–$11, salads $9–$12 entrées $10–$26. Beer and rails $4.50–$7, wine $7–$11/glass or $25–$65/bottle, signature cocktails $10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business casual to preppy: khakis, button-downs, blazers, skirts, blouses, flats.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays for the all-night Happy Hour and free tacos, Friday and Saturday nights for a packed house of dancing college kids, or weekends for a hangover-friendly brunch.

  • Close By

    Just a short walk away is Madhatter (1321 Connecticut Ave), an eccentric Alice in Wonderland-themed bar where Happy Hour deals don’t end until 8pm and a similar club scene unfolds on weekend nights.

The Front Page User Reviews

Average rating:
Always a lot of fun!
Lindsay K. Feb 19, 2013
My first Front Page experience was almost by mistake, but I love going back! It isn't a big name bar around the area, and it isn't huge like a lot of bars, but I have always had a fantastic time every time I have been. The drinks are good, the DJs are fun, there's room for dancing, and the atmosphere makes for a good night on the town! I highly recommend it.
A lot of fun if you're in the right mood
Sherry M. Aug 6, 2012
Check it out during March Madness, provided you're willing to fight the crowds, and put up with the occasional obnoxious fan. Generally, I'd describe this place as a guaranteed party, but you do have to be in the right mood for the scene.
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