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  • You could go to a different bar, club and pub in DC every night for a year and still not experience all that the city's nightlife has to offer. With a demographic this wide ranging (from politicos to college students, media darlings to diplomats), there are bound to be a lot of nighttime entertainment options at your disposal.

    The U Street Corridor and Columbia Heights are among the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city after dark. Georgetown, Adam's Morgan and Arlington are also home to popular clubs and watering holes.

    Some spots to consider:

    Cork - arguably one of the city's very best wine bars, with a prime location on bustling 14th Street, a varied wine list and delicious small plates help you soak up whatever you imbibe.

    Fur - get yourself gussied up and get ready to do a lot of dancing and people watching at this hot club, which features constant guest DJs and weekend events.

    Nanny O'Brien's - more than a few Irish ex-pats have declared the Guinness at this Cleveland Park pub to be the finest in the city. Try for yourself, and stay for the live entertainment.

    Nightclub 9:30 - DC's most esteemed live music club, with both famous and up-and-coming acts on the bill all the time. You'll probably need to buy your tickets in advance.

    Halo - Chill out and sip drinks with DC's best-dressed gay men at this Thomas Circle spot.

    Nightclub 9:30

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    815 V Street Northwest
    Intersection of 9th, V and Vermont streets

    One of the city's most respected spots for live music... read more

    Black Cat

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    1811 14th St. NW
    btw. S and T sts

    A little bit of rock-n-roll at one of the DC's most-loved venues... read more

    Chi Cha Lounge

    1624 U St. NW

    Hookah smoking and cocktail drinking at one of U Street's oldest institutions... read more


    1940 9th Street NW
    (at U Street)

    A punky bar with live acts in the U Street Corridor district... read more

    Cafe Saint-Ex

    1847 14th Street NW

    Globe-hopping bistro with a downstairs dance party on weekends... read more


    2323 18th Street Northwest

    Theme-based Adam's Morgan dance club with a young crowd... read more

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    Capitol Lounge

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    229 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast

    Where young hill staffers hang out... read more

    Eighteenth Street Lounge

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    1212 18th St. NW

    An exclusive nightclub drawing an international crowd... read more

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    Chief Ike's Mambo Room

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    1725 Columbia Road Northwest
    (between 17th & 18th streets)

    An Adams-Morgan original... read more

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    Mackey's Public House

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    1823 L Street Northwest

    Laid-back atmosphere where local office workers relax and unwind over a pint... read more

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    Buffalo Billiards

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    1330 19th Street Northwest

    Pool for amateurs and pros... read more


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    2122 24th Place NE

    This large, exclusive club features Hip-Hop, Salsa and other types of music to patrons sipping cocktails in private lounges... read more

    Phase One

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    525 8th Street Southeast

    Easy-going socializing at the city's coolest lesbian bar and club... read more


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    3000 K Street Northwest

    The outdoor bar is packed at this waterside spot in warm weather... read more

    Tryst Coffeehouse and Bar

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    2459 18th Street NW

    Artsy, social hangout... read more

    Rock and Roll Hotel

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    1353 H St. NE

    A no-frills, funky nightclub in the Atlas District... read more

    J.R.'s Bar and Grill

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    1519 17th St. NW
    btw. P and Q sts

    Happy hour gathering place for a well-heeled gay male crowd... read more

    Wonderland Ballroom (The)

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    1101 Kenyon Street NW

    A neighborhood corner pub, complete with beer garden and huge weekend crowds... read more

    Ireland's Four Fields

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    3412 Connecticut Ave NW

    A Lively Pub near the famous Uptown Theater...
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    Dickson Wine Bar

    903 U Street, NW

    An organic wine bar in the U Street Corridor with three levels of cozy seating and tasty small plates... read more
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