Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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    The Dubliner - Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Catty-corner to historic Union Station, The Dubliner is a family-owned Irish pub that has been serving up nightly Irish bands, authentic Gaelic grub, and gallons of Guinness since 1974. A large sidewalk patio entices groups of casual tourists or guests at the adjacent Phoenix Park Hotel to fuel up on traditional country ... more

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    The Park at Fourteenth - Bar | Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Located just blocks from the White House, The Park at Fourteenth is an upscale club that seduces its stylish patrons with four stories of fashionable fun. It is not uncommon to see celebrities and pro athletes waltzing in through the red-carpeted entrance, making their way past stern, unyielding bouncers and block-long ... more

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    The Gibson - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Bartenders in this unmarked lounge like a challenge, and the simple, one-page menu at The Gibson is better regarded as a place to start than the sum of what’s available. The intimate candlelit space is fitted out with a long bar running down the middle of the ground floor with enough room for a few dozen thirsty patrons ... more

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    The Wonderland Ballroom - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Nestled in a mostly residential neighborhood, The Wonderland Ballroom is both a popular community gathering spot and a nighttime funhouse for the young and reckless of Columbia Heights. Wood-paneled walls covered with vintage beer ads, street signs, stickers, Buddha statues, and movie posters, however, create a flavor that ... more

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    Café Citron - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Restaurant by day, loud Latin club by night, and a sure spot to grab sugary-sweet cocktails any time, Café Citron is a popular hangout for everyone from salsa lovers to savvy tourists. Young professionals looking to cap their day with plates of plantains or pitchers of minty mojitos stop in for Happy Hour to plop into the ... more

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    Mr. Smith's of Georgetown - Piano Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Young revelers pining for a hopping piano bar, expansive patio, or a simple American menu that won’t break the bank won’t do better in this neck of DC than Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown. A clash between an old diner and a museum in terms of décor, with lots of Tiffany lamps and antique mirrors, the bar’s inconsistent theme ... 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:

    Smith Point - Bar | Club in Washington, DC.

    Affluent / Bar

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

    Bar Food / Burgers

    Sign of the Whale - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    Bar Food / Blazers

    Town Hall - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    20s / 30s

    Lucas Likes: Beer Sports Rowdy Casual Anything goes Bar Flirty

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  2. Adriana

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

    George - Bar | Club in Washington, DC.

    Bar / Button-downs

    ADC - Rooftop Bar | Rooftop Lounge in Washington, DC.

    20s / 30s

    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:

    Velvet Lounge - Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.

    20s / 30s

    Marvin - Bar | Beer Garden | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    20s / 30s

    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:

    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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