Nightlife - With its politicians, tourists,
celebrities, Capitol Hill Staffers, college interns,
international bureaucrats, assorted business people
and just its average inhabitants, Washington’s
nightlife can be as varied and diverse as its population.
From high-brow theatre, to low brow comedy clubs,
from dance clubs to supper clubs, there is an after
dark option for everyone.
Keep in mind that the drinking age in Washington,
as well as the rest of the United States is 21, so
be prepared to show official identification. Most
clubs and bars won’t let anyone under that age
through the door. Some clubs do offer ‘over-18’
shows or specific nights. However you usually have
to have a hand stamp which allows you access to the
bar. As with most cities, the hippest spots in Washington
revolve fast so be forewarned. You can find out more
information on after dark events through the Washington
City Paper or the monthly On Tap (both are free and
can be found at entrances of stores and clubs). The
Washington Post’s ‘Weekend’
section can also provide information on interesting
restaurants, theatres and shows.
Needless to say every neighbourhood in Washington
has its own watering hole. If you absolutely need
a place to start your night, aim for either Georgetown
or Adam’s Morgan. Along Wisconsin Avenue
and M Streets in Georgetown you will find many restaurants,
coffee shops and more than its fair share of martini/cigar
bars, though it isn’t hard to spot the student
hang outs. Adam’s Morgan tends to be more eclectic
with its Ethiopian restaurants, African dance clubs,
salsa bars and your traditional Euro dance club. Washington
is also home to the happy hour which can include cheap
drinks and cheaper eats. Not a bad place to finish
of a day of sight seeing and before beginning a night
ESPN Zone: For sports fanatics who just have to catch
the game, ESPN Zone is hard to beat. Though in tourist
season, it can be packed with families. For more information
202/783-3776, 555 12th St NW, Metro: Metro Center
18th Street Lounge: Beautiful people need apply.
It’s a bit hard to find and if you are not dressed
in the best duds, you may not make it in, but once
you do get in, it’s fun! There are two floors
of either live of DJ-spun music to dance to. For more
information: 202/466-3922, 1212 18th Street NW, Metro:
Foggy Bottom Pub: With its Saturday $10 all you can
eat and drink special, its no wonder this place is
popular with the GWU students. Its an easy place to
mingle and maybe chat up a co-ed. For more information:
202/338-8488, 1716 I St NW, Metro: Farragut West.
Tryst: Easily the best coffeehouse in D.C. With wonderful
food, better drinks and a laid back classy atmosphere,
its easy to meet a friend, a date or arrange a tryst.
For more information 202/232-5500, 2459 18th St NW,
Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adam’s Morgan.
Madam’s Organ: For live music, Madam’s
Organ is hard to beat. A Washington institution, you
can find live music from 9:30pm every night (usually
blues). For more information 202/667-5370, 2461
18th Street NW, Metro: Woodley Park.
Capitol Hill/Eastern Market
Banana Café and Piano Bar: With its Caribbean
flavor and its nightly offering of jazz and its eclectic
mix of gay and straight couples, this bar will bring
a little of the island vibe to you. For more information
202/543-5906, 500 8th St, Metro: Eastern Market
Hawk & Dove: This favorite of Capitol Hill staffers
has been an institution since the 1960’s. Its
got great happy hour specials, and an easy place to
relax over a game of pool. For more information: 202/543-3300,
329 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Metro: Eastern Market.
Café Citron: With its thumping Latin music,
red swathed couches, and its potent mojitos, Café
Citron feels like a throwback to Havana in its prime.
No matter how cold Washington is, its hot in here.
For more information: 202/530-8844, 1343 Connecticut
Ave NW, Metro: Dupont Circle.
Tombs: Want to feel like a Georgetown student? Look
no further. With its clubby atmosphere and its freely
flowing pitchers, it’s the quintessential student
hang out. For more information 202/337-6668, 1226
36th St, Metro: Georgetown Shuttle from Rosslyn.