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D.C. Nightlife

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DC nightlife isn't just power suits, button downs, and flats gathering for nightly networking sessions along dark mahogany wood bars. From sports bars to performing arts centers, dive bars to live-music venues, and chill lounges to sleek clubs, D.C.'s nightlife offer a full playbill to all types of revelers and partiers from college coeds and funky hipsters to hippies and spry clubkids.
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815 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
This is D.C.'s hub of music history and culture for nearly 34 years.
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1212 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Once the home of Teddy Roosevelt, this two-story lounge has featured local and world-renowned DJs spinning house, electronic, and trip-hop since 1995, as well as live bands playing jazz, hip-hop, reggae, funk, samba, and Latin. Along with the...
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1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Located near the heart of the U Street Corridor, Black Cat has earned the acclaim as D.C.'s top venue for indie rock bands since opening its doors in 1993. The club's 7,000 square-foot "Mainstage" has featured big names like Blur, Foo Fighters,...
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1115A U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Since 2010, this underground DJ and concert hall has been regarded as one of the top dance clubs in D.C. as well as the U.S. mainly due to its sound system. Founders and local DJs Will Eastman and Jesse Tittsworth created a space that eschews...
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2461 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
For a night of music, soul food, and raucous fun, head to Madam’s Organ, a local landmark in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. It's not hard to find this place; look for the large mural of “Madam” on the side of the building and an...
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2001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Feast on dry-aged steaks on the second level of this boutique steakhouse and circular bar full of rich colors, textures, exposed brick, low light, and plush furniture. Then continue the evening to the third floor's more modern-looking lounge and...
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1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Blues Alley is a Washington, D.C., landmark. Music lovers of all types will be hooked by this gem of a jazz club. The venue gets its name from its location: an alley off Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. You'll probably need to look for the sign...
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801 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
A new venue in Penn Quarter which I consider a Chuck 'E Cheese for the adults. Offering two floors, three bars, patio seating, over 30 draft beers, multiple HD projection screens and TVs especially for football and soccer games, and tons of events...
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900 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

D.C.'s first gay sports bar attracts a lively mixed crowd, all mingling easily while tuning into their favorite teams. But there's plenty of friendly competition going on at Nellie's itself during poker, karaoke, and "smart ass trivia" nights. The...

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620 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Predating venues like the Apollo and the Regal, the Howard Theatre was known for catering to an African-American clientele and played host to prominent African-American musical artists of the early and mid-20th century. Along with jazz legend and...
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Tivoli Theatre, 3301-3325 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA
Built in 1924, the Tivoli was one of DC’s most elegant movie palaces until 1976 when it closed doors. For nearly 25 years, the theater remained neglected. Then in 1999 the building was renovated as part of a revitalization effort of the Columbia...
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2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, USA
Overlooking the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center stands as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy and an iconic landmark for arts in America. Its marble facade, sky-high ceilings, and crystal chandeliers exude grandeur, not to mention the...
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641 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
If you’re looking for a Broadway-style show, you won’t find it at Woolly Mammoth. Instead, if you want bleeding edge, creative, innovative, well acted, and well staged productions, then come here. Be warned, though. Every performance here will...
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Located in D.C.’s southwest waterfront neighborhood, Arena Stage is a not-for-profit, regional theater in operation since 1950, and it's a Tony Award–winning venue. I’ve been coming to this gem of a performance center since I was a child, when my...
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2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018, USA
At 30,000 square feet with top-tier sound design, and advanced LED visual displays, DC's largest nightlife concert venue has attracted internationally renowned hip-hop, dubstep, and EDM heavyweights such as Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Avicii,...