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Partying in Washington, DC: The Alternative View of the City's Social Scene

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DJ spinning at Eighteenth Street Lounge in DC.

DJ spinning at Eighteenth Street Lounge in DC.

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Jun 11, 2012 —  DC’s musical history is as long and detailed as any bill on Capitol Hill, and includes the “Black Broadway” jazz scene that dominated U Street Corridor in the 1920s, punk’s seminal development here in the 80s, and the booming house music scene that remains strong to this day.

Both U Street and the up-and-coming H Street Corridor are still incredible spots to catch live performances and world-class DJs, and even venues along the infamous 18th Street “Liquoridor” of Adams Morgan pump out everything from bluegrass and bossa nova to alternative rock and acid jazz. Creative mixology venues, craft beer joints, and neighborhood dives that serve senators and students alike are in abundant supply.

And while it’s easy to hurl critiques, the District’s political history can’t be overlooked – its historic sites were the birthplace of a nation whose ideals, regardless of political affiliation, changed the world. Escaping the twenty million tourists who come here every year is also easy, thanks to long networks of hiking and biking trails and quiet parks tucked along the Potomac River.  

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