Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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    Black Cat - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A U Street Corridor staple since 1993, Black Cat is a cornerstone of the DC music and nightlife scene, and continues to feature an incredibly diverse mix of nightly acts. Lesser-known bands and DJs perform on the knee-high stage in the Backstage Concert Room, a purple-hued and sparsely decorated ground floor space that ... more

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

    Party Earth Review Once patrons step into La Tasca, the hustle and bustle of Chinatown is completely abolished, seamlessly replaced with the hustle and bustle of festive guests devouring tapas and slinging back pitchers of fruity booze. Decorated like an elegant old Spanish estate, the vibrant yellow main room is decked out in spear-studded ... more

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    Old Ebbitt Grill - Historic Bar | Historic Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill has long been popular with everyone from presidents and political insiders to wandering tourists, all attracted by the upscale American menu, the raw bar, and the fun of guessing which table was Theodore Roosevelt’s. A stone’s throw from The White House, the venue sports neoclassical ... more

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    19th - Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Although 19th has a subtle golf theme, this cozy neighborhood bar doesn’t discriminate when it comes to sports – and its décor suggests that drinking games are a better team activity anyway. Vintage alcohol signs take up much of the turf-green walls, commingling with placards bearing tried-and-true axioms like, “Beauty ... more

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

    Party Earth Review Three-dollar weeknight drink specials and a couple dozen TVs make Lucky Bar a fan favorite for after-work beer and sports – especially soccer, since it is one of the few dedicated soccer bars in DC. Neighborhood regulars, local young professionals, and international tourists with “fútbol” on the brain crowd around the venue ... more

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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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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:

    Public Bar - Restaurant | Rooftop Bar | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.

    20s / Anything goes

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

    Bar Food / Burgers

    The Front Page - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    20s / 30s

    Old Glory BBQ - 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:

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

    20s / 30s

    Josephine - Club | Lounge in Washington, DC.

    20s / 30s

    L2 Lounge - Club | Lounge in Washington, DC.

    30s / 40s

    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:

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

    20s / Boisterous

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

    20s / Anything goes

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

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U Street Corridor

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

Dupont Circle

Dirty Bar - Bar | Club | Lounge 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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