Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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    Napoleon Bistro & Lounge - Bar | Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Savory crêpes, champagne cocktails, and sultry décor bring a French flare and upscale vibe to Napoleon Bistro & Metropolitan Lounge, setting it apart from the raucous twenty-something scene that often dominates Adams Morgan. Royal tones of black, gold, and red, coupled with intricate emblems and coats of arms, grace the ... 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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    Rocket Bar - Bar | Pool Hall in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A tiny red neon sign and the occasional hardened face of a kid who took his Skeeball match too seriously are the only hints of what lies behind the door to Rocket Bar, a subterranean adult fun-land that might be mistaken for a child’s bedroom were it not for the unmistakable smell of beer. Lime green stairs lead groups ... more

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    Capitol Lounge - Bar in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review A favorite of budget-minded staffers and football-loving college kids, Capitol Lounge lies in the middle between the raucous insanity of Adams Morgan and the trendy offerings in nearby Dupont Circle. Three bars keep the joint’s fifty-plus beers close at hand – from bare-bones domestics to craft imports – while the grub ... more

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    Ultrabar - Club | Lounge in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Even with six bars and four DJ booths spread over five floors, Ultrabar still isn’t the largest club in the city – but the hundred-deep line of partiers that forms out front every Saturday suggests it may be the most popular. Those lucky enough to be waved through the arched entryway find themselves in the high-ceilinged ... 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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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:

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

    20s / 30s

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

    20s / 30s

    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

    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:

    Josephine - Club | Lounge in Washington, DC.

    20s / 30s

    George - Bar | Club in Washington, DC.

    Bar / Button-downs

    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:

    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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