Let’s be honest, over the years DC nightlife was known for its lack of excitement. Compared to some other major cities in the U.S. the nightlife landscape in DC could best be described as mundane. Missing was that vibrant entertainment scene that one could find in Miami or New York City. Sure there were some nice places to frequent, but the choices always seemed a bit restricted. Fortunately after many years of limited choices in a lackluster nightlife scene, a few people led by nightclub owners and promoters decided that something needed to done in hopes to reinvigorate nightlife in the Nations Capital. Taking cues from Las Vegas, New York and Miami, DC nightlife began to reinvent itself a few years ago. With the stunning addition of electronica events in mega nightclubs to high end lounges that serve champagne and vodkas long into the evening, to themed oriented bars and café’s, the grand result of this reinvention was an undeniable and incredible jolt of life into the city nightlife and a much needed breath of fresh air for its residents and tourists.
Now DC has the opposite problem, way too many places! With all the many options now available, where does one go to have a good time? How can one differentiate the great nightclubs, lounges and events from the run of the mill, stale ones? No worries, we have the answer for you. Here is a list of places that we consider the best that DC nightlife has to offer:
Café Citron Restaurant and Lounge
1343 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC
A lively two-level Latin lounge that throbs to salsa and international club music on weekends and attracts happy hour fans during the week.
Current Restaurant and lounge
1215 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC
A sleek, trendy lounge offers a sushi bar and cocktails for the after-work crowd, and then breaks out the DJ’s and bottle service for the after dark, nightlife crowd.
Eyebar Nightlub and Lounge
1716 I St NW Washington, DC
Euro-inspired lounge, Eyebar features 2 newly remodeled floors and a beautiful rooftop deck.
33 Patterson St. NE, Washington, DC
Home to the internationally known EDM event Glow, Fur Nightclub features an enormous dance floor, intimate lounges, superior sound and intelligent lighting system and even a late-night espresso bar and cafe. A perfect location where customers come to listen and dance to such prominent DJ’s as Armin Van Buurren, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Davud Guetta and Ferry Corsten.
1802 Jefferson Pl. NW. Washington, DC
An airplane-themed lounge, Fly showcases resident DJ’s spinning house and hip hop music, while cocktail waitresses and bartenders dress as flight stewardesses.
Habana Village Nightclub
1834 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC
One of the best places to salsa in Washington and drink a mojito, this Adams Morgan 3 level bar and lounge offers free salsa lessons, good Latin DJs and great Cuban drinks.
1222 First St. NW Washington, DC
30,000 square ft. nightclub with an open patio catering to the 18 and over college market.
1008 Vermont Ave, NW. Washington, DC
The newest member of the K St. nightlife corridor, Josephine is a retro- stylish lounge with chandeliers, flocked wallpaper and plenty of couches for bottle service.
Lima restaurant and Lounge
1401 K St NW, Washington, DC
An upscale Latin-inspired restaurant and lounge, featuring a beautiful and spacious outdoor patio, that is open year round. With a newly remodeled 40 ft bar, LCD projectors and a state of the art sound system. Open for dinner and Dancing 7 nights a week.
1420 K Street NW Washington, DC
A basement-level lounge, located in heart of the k-street nightlife corridor, offering sushi, dancing and bottle service until the wee hours for club enthusiasts.
Love Nightclub- 1350 Okie St. NE, Washington, DC
DC’s biggest nightclub has four floors of patrons grinding and getting down to the latest hip-hop, R&B and Top 40 hits, spun by DJs from local radio stations.
Mate Restaurant and Lounge
3101 K St. NW Washington, DC
An elegant sushi cocktail lounge, Mate caters to the early evening crowds that come to loosen up, and socialize with each other before heading out for their late night soirees.
717 6th NW Washington, DC
A multi level upscale lounge, muse is conveniently located next to the Verizon Center. Catering to an 18 and over crown, Muse Lounge features DJ’s spinning the latest in Hip Hop, Latin and House.
Shadow Room Lounge and Bar
2131 K St. NW, Washington DC
An upscale lounge where customers can order drinks from their iPhones and make DJ requests by using touch screen kiosks.
705 G Street NW. Washington, DC
Located next to the Verizon Center, previously known as Indiblu, the newly renovated Stir is an exclusive upscale lounge that mixes sophistication with south beach hip. Featuring DJ’s that spin Dance and international music.
1413 K St. NW. Washington, DC
Focusing on bringing the love of rock ‘n’ roll back to DC nightlife, Tattoo is A biker themed bar catering to crowds that dance along to ’80s hits and ’90s rock videos.
The Park at 14th Restaurant and Lounge-
920 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
A four-level restaurant and lounge from nightlife fixture offers cocktails and dancing in an attractive setting.
The Spot - 1214 18 St. N.W. Washington, DC 20036
Formerly known as Andalu, This cozy lounge, located in the heart of Dupont Circle has been transformed and renamed into the Spot Lounge. A new fixture to the DC nightlife scene, The Spot lounge is a place that invites you to let your guard down, lose your inhibitions and indulge yourself in its chic surroundings.
911 F St. NW, Washington, DC
Voted best bet for dance floor action by the Washington Post, Ultrabar is a multi-level Nightclub and lounge located in the heart of Penn Quarter. Dance to house, Top 40 and hip-hop remixes on multiple levels, including an intimate basement, a posh VIP area , a hot mezzanine bar that looks out over the main floor and the wildest laser and light show in DC!.
Well, that’s the list of the most notable nightclubs, bars, clubs and lounges in Washington DC. Check them out and let us know what you think!