What to Do in DC by Day or Night

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There’s a reason some fifteen million people visit Washington, DC every year: There are a lot of things to do in Washington DC! Major landmarks are everywhere, including the nineteen Smithsonian complexes and this little white house the leader of the free world lives in.

Imposing monuments in The National Mall offer incredible photo opps and dramatic history lessons, while The Mall and surrounding parks also host everything from afternoon picnics to massive rallies, as well as major events and festivals. There are no sandy beaches in DC, but additional long parks and paths dot the Potomac River, perfect for joggers, walkers, rowers, things to do, and outdoor activities of all kind.

Shopping runs the gamut from fashionable Georgetown shopping district to the endless array of boutiques, clothing stores, and independent record stores in Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, and U Street. Happy Hour culture is also huge in this political town, fueled in large part by a strict 9-to-5 federal employee work day.

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  1. Lucas

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

    Biergarten Haus - Bar | Beer Garden | Restaurant in Washington, DC.

    20s / 30s

    Fast Eddie's Sports & Billiards - Pool Hall | Sports Bar | Strip Club in Washington, DC.

    Anything goes / Bar Food

    U Street Corridor NW - Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Washington, DC.

    All Ages / Anything goes

    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:

    M Street - Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Washington, DC.

    Affluent / All Ages

    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:

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

    20s / 30s

    C&O Canal - Outdoor Activity | Park in Washington, DC.

    All Ages / All Types

    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:

    The National Mall - Culture | Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Park in Washington, DC.

    All Ages / All Types

    C&O Canal - Outdoor Activity | Park in Washington, DC.

    All Ages / All Types

    Granville Moore's - Beer Garden | Gastropub in Washington, DC.

    30s / 50s Music

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

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... or find things to do by interest

  • Happy Hour
  • Live Music
  • Students
  • Exclusive
  • DJ
  • Laid back
  • Shopping
  • High Energy
  • Free
  • Conversational
  • Outdoor Area
  • Expensive
  • Sports
  • Sightseeing
  • Budget-friendly

Explore Washington, DC Things to Do by Neighborhood

Downtown

P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge - Cocktail Bar | Hotel Bar | Restaurant | Rooftop Lounge in Washington, DC. All Downtown Things To Do

Georgetown

M Street - Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Washington, DC. All Georgetown Things To Do

U Street Corridor

Marvin - Bar | Beer Garden | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC. All U Street Corridor Things To Do

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