Party Earth Review Whether they’re looking for rooftop bars, jungle décor, or aquarium-laden dance floors, the young and boisterous regulars at The Reef can enjoy it all – and they most certainly do. A faux rainforest covers much of the... ... read full review
2446 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Red Line: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan
M–F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su noon–2am
Adams Morgan, Washington, DC –
Whether they’re looking for rooftop bars, jungle décor, or aquarium-laden dance floors, the young and boisterous regulars at The Reef can enjoy it all – and they most certainly do.
A faux rainforest covers much of the ground floor, where urban animals let loose to the tunes of a dance-heavy DJ and throw back a few rounds from the specialty beer menu, while the second floor is decked out in a mishmash of beer kitsch, abstract paintings, and aquariums of exotic fish that stare into the open dining area and its whale of a seashell-shaped bar.
On packed Friday and Saturday nights, DJs often spin on both floors, playing a range from contemporary hip-hop to “middle-school” 80s classics that have revelers getting down twenty thousand leagues under the sea.
Those who want a birds’-eye view of the bustling Adams Morgan strip can make their way to the rooftop bar, usually the most crowded of the three levels, as relaxed cocktailers mingle on the covered patio with custom drinks in hand.
A solid beer selection combined with an upbeat atmosphere make The Reef a one-stop shop for a night of eating like a shark, drinking like a fish, and dancing like a drunken sailor.
Mix of relaxed young professionals, tattooed music lovers, easygoing alternative types, drunken college kids, and families for brunch and early dinner, 20s to 40s.
DJs spin a wide range of music from house to rock classics Friday and Saturday nights. Playlist of classic rock, reggae, and ska on the rooftop. Karaoke on Tuesdays, Open Mic and Trivia Night on Wednesdays.
Organic, eco-friendly Mediterranean-Italian fusion cuisine including halibut fish tacos, peach gazpacho, and fried squid. Happy Hour daily 5–7pm.
Appetizers $7–$15, oysters $15/half dozen, soups and salads $8–$18, sandwiches $10–$12, entrées $10–$25. Beer $3–$24, wine $9–$11/glass or $30–$40/bottle, cocktails $7–$12.
Smart casual to quirky yet refined: flip-flops, shorts, t-shirts, designer shirts and jeans.
Although there’s a steady drizzle of customers all the time, Friday and Saturday nights bring tropical storm conditions to the rooftop, resulting in a booze-soaked hurricane.
The Diner (2453 18th Street NW), located directly across the street, offers refined around-the-clock diner fare for those getting ready to go out or to pass out.