Guide to DC Nightlife: 18 and Up Venues

Are you under 21? Don’t worry, there is no need to be stuck at a house party… or in your parent’s basement. Washington DC has a wide selection of nightclubs, lounges, and live music venues for those who aren’t of the legal drinking age. Check out the list for 18+ clubs, lounges and live venues in DC!

Check out our DC Nightlife Neighborhood Guide for a breakdown of venues by location!

18+ Nightlife in DC:


Address: 911 F St NW Washington, DC 20004. 202-638-4663
Open for 18+: Thursday, Friday, Saturday (unless otherwise noted)
Atmosphere: 6 bars, 4 floors and a mezzanine level appealing to the 18-30 crowd. Ultrabar was made for those who really like to dance and party. It definitely gets wild. Ultrabar sets the standard for nightclubs in DC.


echostage washington dcAddress: 2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE. 202.503.2330
Nightlife 18 and over: Per event
Atmosphere: Washington DC’s newest and largest dedicated concert venue was built to house large-scale concert productions. Recent bookings include Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Avicii, Big Sean and Beenie Man.

For upcoming events visit


Address: 1420 K St NW Washington, DC 20005
Open for 18+: Tuesday-Sunday (unless otherwise noted)
Atmosphere: If you want to go out and dance, but can’t decide between a large club or a smaller lounge: this is the place to go. Designed to remind club-goers of the golden age of underground dance, Soundcheck has been outfitted with LED walls, lights and lasers that rival Echostage, and classic, highly necessary disco balls.

18+ Clubs in DC:

U Street Music Hall

Address: 1115A U St NW Washington, DC 20009. 202-588-1880.
Nightlife 18 and over: Weeknight, Weekends with pre-purchased tickets
Atmosphere: A dance/live music club that features a state-of-the-art sound system, minimal lighting and a ‘be yourself’ attitude. Bookings span the musical gamut from Skream & Benga to Donovan Frankenreiter.

Town Danceboutique


Address:  2009 8th St. NW Washington, DC 20009
Open for 18+: Friday
Atmosphere: A predominately gay dance club just outside the U Street Corridor. It is a combination of a cabaret performance space, a plush lounge, and high-energy dance club.  There are two floors, multiple rooms, an outside smoking area, video installation, and LED lighting.



18+ Lounges in DC:


Address: 1008 Vermont Avenue NW Washington, DC 20005
Open for 18+: Tuesday
Atmosphere: Josephine Lounge in Washington DC is famous for the luxurious playground it provides The District’s young, upscale, fun-loving thrill seekers. Named after Napoleon’s first wife, the lounge is described as “a dark and mysterious adult fun house, all done up in black walls, lavender lights and multifaceted mirrors with embedded LEDs everywhere you look.”


Address:  1219 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036. 202-853-3498
Nightlife 18 and over:  Thursday
Atmosphere: DC’s Only Multi-level Retro Night Club. Decades is a four-story retro-themed nightclub celebrating club culture, DJs, and the greatest hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s, 2000s and the present.Graffiti, gadgets, gear and more are also showcased throughout the space. Every week college students and 20-somethings pack Decades for a Night full of fun!


eden-doorAddress:  1716 I St NW Washington DC 20006. 202-905-9300
Nightlife 18 and over:  Wednesday & Thursday
Atmosphere: 4 floors of aesthetic beauty. Guests of Eden find themselves surrounded by sophisticated LED displays, jungle-esque decor (it is the Garden of Eden, after all) and upscale clientele. Although a narrow venue, Eden provides a unique experience, especially to those lucky enough to make it to the rooftop, which brings a piece of South Beach to DC nightlife.

Live Music:

930 Club

Address: 815 V Street NW Washington, DC 20001.  202-265-0930
Nightlife 18 and over:  All ages (excluding certain shows)
Atmosphere: A nightclub and concert venue has a capacity of 1200 people and is a standing-only venue. It won the Top Club award at the 2007and 2009 Billboard Touring Awards and has been host to shows from Smashing Pumpkins, Tears for Fears, Crystal Castles and Paul Van Dyk. Current concert line-up can be found on their website.

Black Cat

Address: 1811 14th St NW Washington, DC 20009. 202-667-4490
Nightlife 18 and over:  M-S (Every Night)
Atmosphere: Known mainly for indie music but also does metal, punk and electronic plus DJ/dance nights. “Mainstage” on the second floor w/ capacity of ~700. Lesser known acts play the “Backstage” on the first floor that holds ~200 people. The first floor of the club also contains a no-cover bar/lounge called the “Red Room” and the “Food For Thought” cafe.

DC 9

Address: 1940 9th Street NW Washington, DC 20001. 202-483-5000
Nightlife 18 and over:  18 and up depending on the event
Atmosphere: Located in the hopping U Street Corridor, the two-level bar and nightclub features an eclectic mix of live music by local and national acts.

The Velvet Lounge

Address:  915 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. 202-462-3213
Nightlife 18 and over:  Select Shows 18+
Atmosphere:  The Velvet Lounge showcases many different musical genres. There is often a band, DJ or sometimes both.  The crowd is a mix of neighbors and out-of-towners of varying ages that come in to see their favorite shows.

The best 2011-2012 DC NYE Parties:

Looking for the perfect New Year’s Eve 2011-2012 parties? We found 5 amazing DC nightlife venues with NYE bottle service specials, dinner plans, pre-sale tickets and champagne bar specials that’ll make your 2011 NYE in DC one to remember.

The Top 5 New Year’s Eve parties in DC:

1. Ultrabar Nightclub – Washington DC New Year’s Eve 2011-2012

NYE 2012 in DC

6 Bars, 5 Levels, 4 DJs – The #1 Destination for NYE 2011-2012 in DC

Tables/Bottle Service Specials

Receive complimentary bottles of Belvedere vodka and house champagne when booking tables in advance!

Table minimums range from $400-$800
Please call 202.271.1171 for more info!

General Admission Tickets

  • $40: Advanced GA [limited supply]
  • Limited entry at the door


  • Main Room: Kid Lucky (mashup/top 40/hip-hop/house)
  • Bedroom: Venechi (Latin, Top 40, Caribbean)
  • Chroma: DJ Saam (mashup/top 40/hip-hop/house)
  • Vault: Ramsy (house)

Champagne Specials

  • House champagne at the bar: $50
  • Moet champagne at the bar: $80

For information and tickets visit the New Year’s Eve at Ultrabar DC page!

This is a 21+ event.

2. Glow @ Fur Nightclub – Biggest NYE 2012 party in DC w/ Morgan Page

New Year's Eve 2011-2012 Glow Washington DC

“Best Venue in the World” – David Guetta (2010)
2500+ Capacity, 7 Bars, 3 Rooms, 3 DJs, 2 VIP Mezzanines, Outdoor Patio
1 Way to Celebrate 2012

Main Room: House w/ special guest Morgan Page | Martini Room: Top 40/Mashup w/ Geometrix
Mafia Room: Latin | Outdoor Patio weather permitting

featuring the Grammy-Nominated
Morgan Page

General Admission, Open Bar, Bottle Service and Information:
Visit the Morgan Page New Year’s Eve event page!

This is what it’s gonna be like:

3. Barcode Restaurant, Bar and Lounge – 12.31.11 – NYE in DC:

New Year's Eve 2012 in Washington DC at Barcode


  • Doors at 6 – Last Seating at 8
  • Complimentary champagne for couples seated 6-7
  • 4 courses for $60
  • 1.5 hour max dinner seating

General Admission

  • $40 Advanced
  • $50 At the door
  • Music by DJ Kam

Tables/Bottle Service

  • Inside – $600 minimum liquor purchase – 6 people max
  • On the patio – $400 minimum liquor purchase – 4 people max – hookah available

For info and dinner reservations please call 202.955.9001

Purchase your general admission tickets for NYE 2012 in DC at Barcode here!

4. Josephine – A DC NYE for the ages – 12/31/11
NYE 2012 at Josephine DC
“Savoir vivre, cultivated amongst the gentry of DC nightlife.”
Koodeta, in association with Moet & Chandon and Belvedere Red, presents:

New Year’s Eve at Josephine

music by

[SET Miami]

VIP Packages start at $1000 + tax/gratuity

  • Includes entry for 10 guests & your choice:
  • (2) Belvedere, (2) Moet Rose, Mixers
  • (4) Belvedere, Mixers

General Admission:

  • $40/person
  • $75/couple

Ages 21+
Dress code based on style & execution.
Entry at the discretion of door staff.

Additional information at

5. Lima Restaurant & Lounge – Dinner & Drinks NYE 2011-2012 in DC

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Early Dinner

  • Seating from 6 – 7:30
  • $60: 3 course fixed menu
  • Club Upgrades: GA – $20, Open Bar – $50

Ball Drop/Club Dinner

  • Seating from 8 – 10pm
  • $90: 4 course fixed menu
  • Bottle Services Adds: $175 (call), $225 (premium)

Drink Specials

  • $60: GA incl. Hors d’Oeuvres, Party Favors, Champagne Toast
  • $130: Pre-Sale Open Bar 9 – 12:30
  • $150: Open Bar after 12/24

VIP/Bottle Service

  • Tables avail. in Lounge, Main Room, Vetro
  • $600: Minimum alcohol purchase
  • $200: Entry for 5-7 guests
  • $300: Entry for 8-10 guests

Prepare yourself for NYE 2012 at Lima Restaurant & Lounge. Combining a New Year’s dinner in DC with the lush, VIP treatment DC lounges have become known for, Lima is holding nothing back. The 2012 theme of ‘Fire & Ice’ will shock, excite and engorge the senses. Prepare yourself for the sensuality of fire and the sensitivity of ice as Lima Lounge celebrates NYE 2012 in Washington DC.

For tickets and information please call 202-789-2800 or visit

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Nicky Romero - Fri 12.30.11 [Glow at Josephine]

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GLOW Washington DC presents:

Nicky Romero

Friday December 30, 2011

1008 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005

(202) 347-8601

Opening set by Matt Goldman
Doors Open at 10pm, Ages 21+
Purchase your tickets here!

From: Holland | Style: House
Famous Tracks: Dynamite remix, What a Feeling remix, My Friend, Schizophrenic, Camorra, Flash remix, Rockin High remix
Best Known For:Being the youngest up and comer in Dutch House, getting big upped by Afrojack and David Guetta.

From the marching band to drum kits to turntables, 22 year old Nicky Romero has had tracks spun by Tiesto, Fedde Le Grand, David Guetta and Sander Van Doorn. He’s been signed to remix Green Velvet, Tiesto, Flo-Rida and David Guetta. His remix of Green Velvet – Flash was one of the defining anthems of Electric Zoo 2011.

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Missing in Action

A newer addition to DC lounges, M.I.A. lounge Washington DC boasts 3D projectors, floating torsos, lips, drinks and most importantly… a Bunny.

DC lounges MIA


1214 18th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036




Wed – Thu: 10PM – 2AM

Fri – Sat: 10PM – 3AM

Official Web Site:

Missing in Action (not ‘Miami’) opened its glossy, girly, glittery, hot pink doors in November.

Some may know the Dupont haunt as the former Andalu, or more recently, Lupe Mexican Cantina. Neighbors with Public Bar, M.I.A. brings a fresh concept to the District.

DC lounges stripper polesAt first glance, M.I.A. Lounge DC resembles Beauty Bar, the hipster chain with spots in New York, San Francisco, Hollywood, Vegas, and more with it’s mannequins and pink, shiny décor.

It definitely stepped it up in Midtown by adding some serious out-of-the-box entertainment like the 6-foot, fully-costumed bunny rabbit running wild and getting more photo time than a Playmate.

MIA washington dc bunny rabbitM.I.A. also adds a saxophone player, fire breathers, stilt walkers, and pole dancers!

A little too out there? It’s cool. Bar and bottle service options take guests back to the D.C. comfort zone with solid prices.

“I wanted this club to be unique from any other in the city. Most clubs owned by a man look like they’re owned by a man. This one is designed by a woman because I wanted a feminine touch.”

Mehdi Ben, Managing Partner

Other soft touches include the “lip wall” (a wall loaded with pictures of lips), the “liquid table” that reacts to your touch, silver mannequins adorning the downstairs bar, a giant stripper pole, vinyl seating, and handcuffs & silver machine guns on the bathroom walls.

“We definitely wanted to think outside the box… We wanted everything to shimmer and sparkle.”

-Irene, Interior Designer

Most importantly, who is in that Bunny costume and how does one restrain from ripping off its head? Where did the idea stem from? Was it Donny Darko? Was it It’s All Gone Pete Tong? These are the things that keep us up at night…

ATB brings it to DC lounges!

On 11.11.11 dance music icon ATB made a special appearance at Glow Washington DC’s Friday night event at Josephine. It made for an intimate evening for the DC bottle service crowd with one of the world’s DJ elite!

After recent renovations to open the space, Josephine has further become one of the elite lounges in DC. You can learn more about the venue in the DC club guide!

Roger Sanchez - Fri 12.16.11 [Glow at Josephine]

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The S-Man defines house. There’s no if’s and’s or but’s about it. The man brings together the essences of NY and Miami house for the ultimate in bouncy, sexy, vocal, bang out goodness.

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These are two of the best house DJs on the planet. You could pay $20 to see your favorite local this Thursday, or grab a free entry pass and see the world’s best. We got you!!!

Josh Wink - Fri 12.09.11 [Glow at Josephine]

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The legend arrives at Josephine on 12/9, bringing with him the deep sounds and heavy bass that made techno in America famous.

Fedde le Grand w/ Deniz Koyu - Thurs 12.08.11 [Glow at Lima]

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The guy who made you put your hands up for Detroit is back at DC’s #1 Thursday party! And he brought a friend!!!

Arno Cost - Fri 12.02.11 [Glow at Josephine]

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Laidback Luke, David Guetta, Eric Prydz and every member of Swedish House Mafia have played his stuff. Nuff said.

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