Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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    9:30 Club - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Often touted as the best place to catch a concert in the city, 9:30 Club consistently packs its 1,200-capacity hall by hosting shows ranging from big-name acts and DJs to up-and-comers, noise bands, and everything in between. Long before the door opens, eager audiophiles line up outside the brick façade and unmarked door ... more

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    JR.'s Bar & Grill - Gay Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Rainbow flags don’t blanket the green awning out front, but nobody inside JR.’s Bar & Grill could argue that this place is in the closet – even when it gets as crowded as one. A Dupont institution since the 80s, the narrow two-story venue attracts a diverse mix of young professionals, students, and older regulars with ever ... more

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    Tattoo Bar - Bar | Club in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A biker’s joint with an upscale twist, Tattoo Bar may sport the requisite dark interior, industrial décor, and body art implied by its name, but it’s by no means a dive. Girls in sexy dresses strut through the hanging bike chains in the entry, checking their reflections in the mirrored wall before sidling up to the sleek ... more

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    Rhino Bar & Pumphouse - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Rhino Bar & Pumphouse normally kicks off the night with a traditional sports bar feel, as friendly groups of neighborhood sports lovers sit glued to the couple of dozen TVs and root for any team but the Yankees. The ground floor saloon fills up quickly on game nights, with hordes of young male professionals and the occasional ... more

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    Columbia Station - Jazz Club | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Crammed inside a bright purple building that looks more like a Harry Potter hangout than a jazz club, Columbia Station attracts a sophisticated but unpretentious crowd with its roster of live music – and no cover charge. Softly lit by a wall display of brass instruments intertwined with twinkling lights, the cozy space ... more

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    Chadwicks - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Set in an area more often lauded for its refined, high-end establishments, Chadwicks is a casual joint that has been serving up basic burgers and beer since the 1960s. Students and unpretentious area residents flock to this rustic bi-level venue for daily Happy Hour specials and rowdy weekend shenanigans, wolfing down ... more

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Government may be run by only two parties, but the bars and clubs in Washington, DC are not so limited. Battalions of politicos, staffers, and commuters – who double the city’s population daily – flood the streets and cram into bars all over town to celebrate that most happiest of Happy Hours.

Dupont Circle is well-known for its high-end drinking dens catering to lawyers and lobbyists in need of some swanky nightlife, but at the same time attracts all types to its surplus of sports bars, quaint taverns, spacious pubs, and gay bars.

College kids crush the infamous 18th Street strip in Adams Morgan to go wild, while Georgetown – despite the privileged pedigree of its residents – shelters everything from glitzy bars to timeless saloons. And then there’s the up-and-coming H Street Corridor and ever-popular U Street, both lined with themed haunts, craft brewpubs, and bare-bones dives.

Although visitors will meet people from all walks of life in DC watering holes, the international vibe is even more apparent in the higher end bars and clubs and lounges, with moneyed embassy dignitaries, wealthy diplomat kids, and foreign jet-setters squeezing their way into the most exclusive red-roped venues in Dupont, and powerbrokers dancing to power ballads Downtown or in Georgetown.

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  1. Lucas

    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

    Lucky Bar - Pub | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    20s / After Work

    Smith Point - Bar | Club in Washington, DC.

    Affluent / Bar

    Local 16 - Lounge | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in Washington, DC.

    30s / Burgers

    Old Glory BBQ - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    20s / 30s

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  2. Adriana

    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

    Adriana Likes: Exclusive Nightclub Fashion Forward Shopping Jetsetter Lounge Hotel Bar High End / Exclusive

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  3. Jonah

    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

    H Street Country Club  - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    20s / Anything goes

    La Tasca - Spanish Restaurant | Tapas Bar in Washington, DC.

    20s / Boisterous

    Emma Likes: Happy Hour Culture Dancing Lively Budget-friendly Sightseeing Party Groups

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Explore Washington, DC Bars and Clubs by Neighborhood

U Street Corridor

Town Danceboutique - Gay Bar | Gay Club in Washington, DC. more bars in U Street Corridor

Dupont Circle

Barcöde - Bar | Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC. more bars in Dupont Circle

Downtown

P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge - Cocktail Bar | Hotel Bar | Restaurant | Rooftop Lounge in Washington, DC. more bars in Downtown

Adams Morgan

Madam's Organ Blues Bar - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Washington, DC. more bars in Adams Morgan

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