18th Amendment

Bar / Lounge / Restaurant
18th Amendment With a shadowy art deco theme reminiscent of the 1920s on one floor and a sparser speakeasy bar in the basement below, 18th Amendment – named for the law that made the country dry – entices a variety of after-work professionals... Washington, DC United States 38.885134 -76.997876
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18th Amendment - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review With a shadowy art deco theme reminiscent of the 1920s on one floor and a sparser speakeasy bar in the basement below, 18th Amendment – named for the law that made the country dry – entices a variety of... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Blue, Orange Lines: Eastern Market, Capitol South

  • Phone:

    202–543–3622

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th 5pm–2am, F 4pm–3am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth 18th Amendment Review

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With a shadowy art deco theme reminiscent of the 1920s on one floor and a sparser speakeasy bar in the basement below, 18th Amendment – named for the law that made the country dry – entices a variety of after-work professionals...

With a shadowy art deco theme reminiscent of the 1920s on one floor and a sparser speakeasy bar in the basement below, 18th Amendment – named for the law that made the country dry – entices a variety of after-work professionals and mellow groups of friends with its rotating theme nights, lengthy Happy Hour specials, rare craft beers, and two often distinct vibes.

A preppier crowd tends to congregate on the first floor, taking over the comfy red booths and sofa chairs with pitchers of sangria in hand, as groups of congressional staffers catch the game over rounds of half-priced pizza. Teams of Capitol Hill trivia buffs put on their thinking caps for weekly quiz tournaments, while the popular karaoke nights on Thursdays bring in amateur singers ready to wow the crowd with their musical stylings.

During football season, boisterous Louisiana natives make their presence known at the long curvy bar as they watch LSU and the Saints on multiple flat-screen TVs, as less sports-minded patrons make a hasty retreat down to the basement bar, known as the Keyhole. A smaller space that conjures images of gangsters and bootleggers, the bar attracts casual college kids looking to relax with the Wii, shoot some pool, or just chill out around the barrel tables and whiskey-box seating.

Great for both noisy revelry and laid-back hanging out, 18th Amendment offers any number of ways to laugh in the face of prohibition.

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Tip from Emma:

The speakeasy Keyhole is open one hour later than 18th Amendment, so if your night isn’t over at 3am, make your way downstairs to continue the excitement.

  • Crowd

    Amicable post-grads, young professionals, Louisiana sports fans, congressional staffers, and interns, early 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox and XM radio with Top 40 and 80s and 90s throwbacks. Live band second Saturday of the month and DJ every other Saturday.

    Karaoke on Thursdays. Wii, pool table, and electronic jukebox at Keyhole.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    New Orleans Cajun menu including Guinness battered fish and chips, homemade pizzas, and BBQ pork sliders. Happy Hour M–Sa 4–8pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch $7–$12, appetizers $6.50–$9, pizza $10–$13, entrées $6–$11, late-night menu $3–$13.

    Beer $2–$12, wine $6.50–$16/glass or $23–$87/bottle, cocktails $7–$10, sangria $20/pitcher.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: business casual, button-downs, dresses, jeans, t-shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Wednesday nights for a busy trivia crowd, Thursdays for the popular karaoke night, and Fridays and Saturdays for big, diverse crowds on both floors.

  • Close By

    Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn’s restaurant Good Stuff Eatery (303 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) prepares handcrafted burgers and fries.

18th Amendment User Reviews

Average rating:
Great when the have drink deals
Jayson M. Sep 11, 2012
I went here on a whim not too long ago and they were offering an unlimited drink deal for $15 for brunch. After more Bloody Marys and mimosas than I hope to ever drink again (not because they weren’t good, just because I don’t want to die) I decided this place was all right in my opinion. I’d say it’s a step above a dive. Cool retro décor, decent crab cakes, and Purple Haze on tap. I hear they have a good Happy Hour so I plan on venturing back again. There’s nothing overly special about this place, it’s just a nice bar with ample TVs and an unpretentious crowd. Sometimes “just a bar” is exactly what you need, you know? Never been to the space down below, but plan on making a trip next time I am in the area. Don’t drive across town for it, but do stop in if you find yourself nearby.
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