Bars and Clubs in Washington, DC

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    Kelly's Irish Times - Dive Bar | Irish Pub in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review With beer and cheer o’er flowin’, Kelly’s Irish Times has been a DC staple that’s survived and thrived – and no doubt put up with loads of bad Irish puns – for longer than even the oldest of the old-fart regulars can remember. Pub purists from across the pond might decry the all-American bric-a-brac that dresses the walls ... 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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    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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    MIA Lounge - Club | Lounge in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review The flush of neon leaking from the entrance and the prominent sign featuring the silhouette of a provocatively posed lady in place of the “I” make Miami-styled lounge MIA hard to miss. Then there’s the six-foot rabbit. More on that later. Catering to a young crowd of clubbers dressed to impress ... 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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    Policy - Cocktail Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    Party Earth Review Policy is a bi-level venue that might also be called bipolar: offering patrons a laid-back restaurant and mixology spot downstairs and a loud, graffiti-laden lounge above. The Love Dining Room is an intimate take on the American diner, with red vinyl booths and Formica tabletops where young professionals and couples cozy ... 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:

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

    30s / Burgers

    Town Hall - 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:

    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:

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

    All Ages / All Types

    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:

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

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U Street Corridor

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Dupont Circle

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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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