U Street Corridor NW

Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area
U Street Corridor NW Known as the heart of DC's African American community and home to an eclectic mix of people who share a love of music, art, theater, and food, U Street – after decades of neglect – has been the focus of a major resurgence... Washington, DC United States 38.9170655286736 -77.0304250717163
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U Street Corridor NW - Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Known as the heart of DC’s African American community and home to an eclectic mix of people who share a love of music, art, theater, and food, U Street – after decades of neglect – has been the focus of a major resurgence... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

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  • Hours:

    24/7

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth U Street Corridor NW Review

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Known as the heart of DC's African American community and home to an eclectic mix of people who share a love of music, art, theater, and food, U Street – after decades of neglect – has been the focus of a major resurgence...

Known as the heart of DC’s African American community and home to an eclectic mix of people who share a love of music, art, theater, and food, U Street – after decades of neglect – has been the focus of a major resurgence since the late 1990s.

With historic landmarks like the Lincoln and Howard Theaters, where Duke Ellington and Miles Davis once claimed the stage, and the famed 1920s jazz club Bohemian Caverns (also an Ellington favorite), U Street has managed to hold onto its roots while making way for dozens of new and culturally diverse restaurants and bars, modern loft spaces, independent shops, and organic markets.

Live music is a big draw in this area, where Black Cat, 9:30 Club, DC9, and Velvet Lounge showcase a huge range of musical styles every night, while freshman ravers in plaid are long familiar with the cork dance floor and electronic beats at U Street Music Hall.

Fashionable singles on the prowl, meanwhile, make their way through the standing-room-only rooftop bar at Local 16 to show off their latest finds from the nearby boutiques and handmade jewelry stores, as eccentric jocks check in at Nellie’s Sports Bar and try to “beat the clock” at Happy Hour, when drink prices rise every hour.

Intricate cocktails at Marvin and The Gibson are a big draw for the mixology crowd, and Tabaq’s three-dollar brunch cocktails nurse hungover partiers every weekend.

At the center of it all stands the acclaimed Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Bill Cosby favorite and neighborhood institution that has been serving colossal chili dogs to hungry late-night revelers since the 1950s.

An array of music haunts, eclectic bars, and eateries – combined with the ongoing gentrification – has turned the U Street Corridor into an ever-growing microcosm of DC's melting pot character.

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Tip from Jonah:

Learn more about U Street’s history by taking the self-guided U Street Heritage walking tour. Start right by the metro station on 13th Street and follow fourteen signs to learn about the African American and musical history that makes this area so special.

  • Crowd

    Neighborhood hipsters, cultured young professionals, music lovers, foodies, mixology fans, college kids, vintage lovers, and boutique shoppers. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Several live music venues, including:

    Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW).

    9:30 Club (815 V Street NW).

    DC9 (1940 9th Street NW).

    Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW).

    Bohemian Caverns (2001 11th Street NW).

    Additional highlights:

    Live theater at Lincoln Theater (1215 U Street NW).

    Independent art galleries, small jewelry stores, vintage marts, antique shops, and mom and pop furniture dealers.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Dozens of café’s, restaurants, and quick bites, including:

    DC institution Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U Street NW).

    Tabaq Bistro (1336 U Street NW) for tapas and mimosas.

    Busboys and Poets (2021 14th Street NW) for large community gatherings, books, and art to go with the food.

    Eatonville (2121 14th Street NW) for Southern and soul food.

    Marvin (2007 14th Street NW) for intricate Americana cuisine.

    The immensely popular neighborhood haunt Café Saint-Ex (1847 14th Street NW) for creative New American and seasonally changing fare.

  • Prices

    Prices vary by venue, but budget-friendly spots are the norm.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: hipster casual, punk, work attire, button-downs, sandals.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any day or night, particularly Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds and Sundays for the popular brunch spots.

  • Close By

    Cork Wine Bar (1720 14th Street NW) serves small plates of contemporary European and American cuisine and specializes in wine.

U Street Corridor NW User Reviews

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Keep your eye on the Brixton
Darryl G. Feb 24, 2013
Opening it's doors in July, The Brixton, located on the corner of 9th and U st. is quickly becoming a go to spot for the U Street Corridor. With Brixton being an exceptionally diverse neighborhood in south London, known for its blend of West Indian, African, and South Asian cultures and cuisines. The Brixton of DC looks to reinforce those ideas with a menu that combines those influences with traditional British pub fixtures to reflect modern British style. Giving patrons three floors to party on you're sure to find something that will make you a repeat visitor. With the first floor showcasing a more traditional pub and diner experience you can enjoy my personal favorite fish & chips or the Brixton burger, both cooked to perfection. The second floor opens up to an elk lodge setting that is perfect for catching the game and enjoying their happy hour specials with friends. But the real treat is on the third floor with a rooftop bar that is now enclosed with heaters for those cold winter nights its the perfect place to enjoy some nice company with a drink or mix it up with the house dj tearing up the floor on a Saturday night. When its all said and done make sure that you make a stop by The Brixton the next time your partying on U street.
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