Just two miles from the White House, Adams-Morgan is one of D.C.'s funkiest neighborhood. With its outdoor murals, hip shops and ethnic restaurants, many feel it's one of Washington's most interesting neighborhoods. Its hub, at the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road, is packed with an array of fun and diverse restaurants, clubs, and boutiques.
Word to the wise: weekend nights get a little crazy here, so if you're looking for a quiet evening in Adams-Morgan, you've been warned.
For many years, this area was the only real place in town to find quality Ethiopian cuisine, although other neighborhoods have followed suit recently. Other trendy eateries in the area, like Little Fountain Cafe and Cashion's Eat Place, boast good food and wine specials; Perry's Sunday Drag Brunch is a perennial favorite with locals in the know.
Bars and nightclubs like Chief Ike's Mambo Room and Madam's Organ are packed on the weekends with the district's young and beautiful. If you're in a more mellow mood, head to Tryst to sip latte and people watch.