Rumba Cafe

Bar / Latin American Restaurant
Rumba Cafe Rumba Cafe in Washington, DC’s Adams Morgan is a lively Latin joint with great live music & a fun crowd. Rumble your way to DC with Party Earth. Washington, DC United States 38.921573 -77.042227
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Rumba Cafe - Bar | Latin American Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review A lively bar and restaurant that exudes all things Latin-American – from its delectable tapas to its weekly Latin nights – Rumba Cafe offers plenty of opportunity to spice up one’s night amid the colorful... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Red Line: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan

  • Phone:

    202-588-5501

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–W 4pm–midnight, Th 11am–2am, F–Sa 11am¬–3am, Su 11am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Rumba Cafe Review

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Rumba Cafe in Washington, DC’s Adams Morgan is a lively Latin joint with great live music & a fun crowd. Rumble your way to DC with Party Earth.

A lively bar and restaurant that exudes all things Latin-American – from its delectable tapas to its weekly Latin nights – Rumba Cafe offers plenty of opportunity to spice up one’s night amid the colorful, vibrant, and often sloppy drunk 18th Street scene.

Once past the enclosed outdoor patio area, guests enter a narrow space with walls blanketed in varied art, much of which was inspired by travels far south of the border.

Carved masks, numerous pictures and portrayals of religious figures, ornate necklaces, bright flags, and weathered instruments only begin to account for the décor, which stretches down past the bar and the dark red tables and chairs where culture-hungry kids sling mojitos and polish off mashed plantains with garlic.

A cozy area awaits further back, where folks will bop and sway on Fridays and Saturdays after midnight thanks to live bands that play everything from Cuban beats to South American rock-pop.

Although pretty chill for lunch, the tiny place gets slammed most Wednesday through Saturday nights when a crowd of unpretentious guests roll in, looking to rub shoulders and wiggle their hips in whatever space is available.

Fresh food, fruity cocktails, and spicy beats are the name of the game at Rumba Cafe, an ethnic joint with little personal space and lots of personality.

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Tip from Emma:

Start the night off with $5 mojitos during Happy Hour. They’ll get you ready to Rumbaaaaaaaaa!

  • Crowd

    Diverse mix of expats, cultured post-grads, couples, late 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live bands perform tango every other Wednesday 9pm–midnight, varied Latin-American every other Thursday 10pm–1am, Cuban/salsa/Latin music on Fridays 11pm–3am, and South American rock-pop on Saturdays 11:30pm–3am.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu combines Argentinean, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and South American flavors, including pork sandwiches, grilled steak, paella, and more than twenty varieties of tapas.

    Happy Hour daily 4–7:30pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers/tapas $7–$13, lunch menu $5–$15, entrées $20–$30+. Beer $6, wine $4–$7+/glass or $25–$70/bottle, cocktails $8–$13.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, colorful button-downs, shorts, loose and colorful dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Every other Wednesday night for the live tango beats or Saturday nights for the biggest crowds and the South American rock-pop that forces everyone’s feet to move.

  • Close By

    Habana Village (1834 Columbia Road NW) is a larger high-energy hotspot for those in the mood for Cuban cuisine, Latin music, and a slew of signature mojitos.

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