Nightlife & the Arts in Washington, D.C.

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Nightlife Overview
Name Category Location
 
9:30 Club
When they come to town, the best indie...
Music Clubs U Street Corridor
 
A&D Neighborhood Bar
From the street, A&D seems camouflaged with a front...
Bars Capitol Hill
 
AMC Loews Uptown 1
This is a true movie palace, with art deco...
Film Upper Northwest
 
American Century Theatre
Devoted to staging overlooked or forgotten...
Theater Suburban Virginia
 
American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
This state-of-the-art center for film is a...
Film Suburban Maryland
 
Arena Stage
The first regional theater company to win a Tony...
Theater Southwest
 
Armed Forces Concert Series
In a Washington tradition, bands from the four...
Music The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Known as the "People's Kennedy Center," this...
Arts Centers Capitol Hill
 
Avalon Theatre
A movie house from 1923 is operated by a...
Film Upper Northwest
 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The world-renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,...
Music Suburban Maryland
 
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Choral and church groups occasionally perform at...
Music Capitol Hill
 
Biergartenhaus
Step off of H Street and into a boisterous bit of...
Brewpubs / Beer Gardens Capitol Hill
 
The Birchmere Music Hall
One of Northern Virginia's hidden treasures is...
Music Suburban Virginia
 
Black Cat
Come here to see the latest local bands as...
Music Clubs U Street Corridor
 
Black Fox Lounge
Without drawing much attention to itself, this...
Cabaret, Piano Bars / Lounges Capitol Hill
 
Black Jack
A red-velvet, almost vaudeville-like interior...
Bars U Street Corridor
 
Blues Alley
Head here for a classy evening in an intimate...
Music Clubs Georgetown
 
Board Room
"Put down your smart phone and interact!" is the...
Bars Suburban Virginia
 
Bohemian Caverns
The cramped stairway delivers you to a...
Music Clubs U Street Corridor
 
Bourbon
A more mature Southern-tinged drinking and dining...
Bars Adams Morgan
 
The Brixton
An English pub with an upscale D.C. twist offers...
Bars, Cafes U Street Corridor
 
Busboys and Poets
Part eatery, part bookstore, and part event...
Bars, Gathering Places, Cafes U Street Corridor
 
Cafe Citron
Mojitos are the specialty at this Latin bar and...
Bars, Dance Clubs Dupont Circle
 
Café Saint-Ex
Named for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French pilot...
Bars U Street Corridor
 
Capital Fringe Festival
Since its founding in 2005, the Capital Fringe...
Festivals Downtown
 
Capitol Steps
Putting the "mock" in democracy, the musical...
Comedy Clubs Downtown
 
Carpool
"Andy Warhol meets General Motors" is how one...
Bars Suburban Virginia
 
Carter Barron Amphitheatre
On Saturday and Sunday nights from June to...
Music Upper Northwest
 
Center for the Arts
This state-of-the-art performance complex on the...
Arts Centers Suburban Virginia
 
Chi-Cha Lounge
Groups of young professionals relax on sofas and...
Bars U Street Corridor
 
Chief Ike's Mambo Room
A wild and eccentric crowd enjoys some of the...
Bars Adams Morgan
 
Choral Arts Society of Washington
From fall to late spring, this 200-voice choir...
Music The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Churchkey
There's an astounding selection of beers...
Bars Logan Circle
 
Cobalt
Popular among the gay and lesbian crowd, this...
Dance Clubs Dupont Circle
 
Columbia Station
An unpretentious retreat on the 18th Street strip...
Music Clubs Adams Morgan
 
Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress
Over the past 80 years, the Coolidge has hosted...
Music Capitol Hill
 
Cork Wine Bar
On weekends, the crowds can spill onto 14th...
Wine Bars U Street Corridor
 
D.C. Jewish Community Center
The Washington Jewish Music Festival and the...
Arts Centers Downtown
 
Dacha
Sometimes the feng shui is just right. Dacha is...
Brewpubs / Beer Gardens Capitol Hill
 
Dance Exchange
Founded in 1976 by MacArthur Award-winner Liz...
Dance Suburban Maryland
 
DAR Constitution Hall
Acts ranging from Steve Harvey to Josh Gorban to...
Arts Centers Downtown
 
DC Improv
The Improv, as everyone calls it, offers a steady...
Comedy Clubs Downtown
 
DC9
With live music seven days a week, this small...
Music Clubs U Street Corridor
 
Degrees
Hidden away inside the Ritz-Carlton hotel, in...
Bars Georgetown
 
District of Columbia Arts Center
Known by area artists as DCAC, this cross-genre...
Theater Adams Morgan
 
Dubliner
This Washington institution offers cozy paneled...
Bars Capitol Hill
 
Dumbarton Concerts
A fixture in Georgetown since 1772 (in its...
Music Georgetown
 
Eden
This four-floor hot spot near the White House...
Dance Clubs The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Eighteenth Street Lounge
This multilevel space's division into an array of...
Bars Dupont Circle
 
El Centro D.F.
A sunny addition—whatever the weather—to...
Bars Capitol Hill
 
Filmfest DC
For nearly 30 years running, this annual citywide...
Film Upper Northwest
 
Fishmarket
There's something different in just about every...
Bars Suburban Virginia
 
Folger Shakespeare Library
The library's internationally acclaimed resident...
Music Capitol Hill
 
Folger Theatre
The library's theater, an intimate 250-seat...
Theater Capitol Hill
 
Ford's Theatre
Looking much as it did when President Lincoln was...
Theater Downtown
 
Gala Hispanic Theatre
This company attracts outstanding Hispanic actors...
Theater Adams Morgan
 
Gazuza
The name means "lust" in Castilian Spanish,...
Bars Dupont Circle
 
Glen Echo Park
The site of Washington's oldest amusement park...
Theater Suburban Maryland
 
Granville Moore's
Beer and mussels: The appeal is that simple, and...
Bars Capitol Hill
 
H Street Country Club
The only D.C. bar to offer indoor minature golf,...
Bars Capitol Hill
 
The Hamilton
From the street, it looks like a swanky downtown...
Capitol Hill
 
Hank's Oyster Bar
A small, sleek and unpretentious nautical-themed...
Bars Dupont Circle
 
The Howard Theatre
What was once was "the largest colored theatre in...
Music U Street Corridor
 
HR-57
This place is all about the music. Named after a...
Music Clubs Capitol Hill
 
Ibiza
One of D.C.'s most popular dance clubs is a great...
Dance Clubs Capitol Hill
 
Imagination Stage
Shows like the classic Dr. Doolittle, and such...
Theater Suburban Maryland
 
In Series
Trademark cabaret, experimental chamber opera,...
Opera U Street Corridor
 
Institute of Musical Traditions
Emerging, near-famous, and celebrated folk...
Music Suburban Maryland
 
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
On the bank of the Potomac River, the gem of the...
Arts Centers The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Joy of Motion
Resident companies include El Teatro de Danza...
Dance Capitol Hill
 
JR's Bar & Grill
A popular institution on the 17th Street strip...
Bars Dupont Circle
 
The Keegan Theatre
This 115-seat black-box theater is tucked among...
Theater Dupont Circle
 
L'Enfant Cafe
This French-flavored café boasts the most...
Bars, Cabaret, Cafes Capitol Hill
 
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Specializing in independent, foreign, and...
Film Downtown
 
Lincoln Theatre
Once the host of such notable black performers as...
Theater U Street Corridor
 
Lisner Auditorium
A 1,500-seat theater on the campus of George...
Arts Centers The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Local 16
When they have to remove all the chairs in the...
Bars, Dance Clubs U Street Corridor
 
Madam's Organ
Neon lights behind the bar, walls covered in...
Bars, Music Clubs Adams Morgan
 
Marvin
Young crowds cram in on the weekend, but even if...
Bars U Street Corridor
 
Mr. Henry's
Opened in 1966, this laid-back club is the last...
Music Clubs Capitol Hill
 
Music Center at Strathmore
Located just outside the Capital Beltway in North...
Arts Centers Suburban Maryland
 
National Archives
Historical films, usually documentaries, are...
Film The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
National Gallery of Art
On Friday from Memorial Day through Labor Day,...
Arts Centers The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
National Gallery of Art, East Building
Free classic and international films, often...
Film The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
National Geographic Society
Documentary films with a scientific,...
Film Dupont Circle
 
National Symphony Orchestra
Under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, the...
Music The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
National Theatre
Though rebuilt several times, the National...
Theater Downtown
 
Nellie's Sports Bar
This popular sports bar with a gay following...
Bars U Street Corridor
 
Nick's Riverside Grille
A perch on the Georgetown waterfront affords a...
Bars Georgetown
 
Number Nine
In the heart of Logan Circle nightlife, Number...
Bars Logan Circle
 
P.O.V.
For decades, the perfect way to end a night...
Bars The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
The Park at Fourteenth
A high-end crowd includes visiting basketball...
Dance Clubs Downtown
 
The Passenger
D.C.'s craft cocktail scene has exploded in...
Bars Downtown
 
Phase One
Since 1970 this legendary lesbian club has...
Bars Capitol Hill
 
Phillips Collection
Duncan Phillips's mansion is more than an art...
Music Dupont Circle
 
The Pour House
This neighborhood sports bar is a place to grab...
Bars Capitol Hill
 
PX
Reservations are accepted for this swanky...
Bars Suburban Virginia
 
Quill
At this Mad Men flashback fantasy bar tucked...
Piano Bars / Lounges Dupont Circle
 
Rock and Roll Hotel
A former funeral home hosts some of the nation's...
Music Clubs Capitol Hill
 
Rorschach Theatre
This company's intimate and passionate...
Theater Capitol Hill
 
Round House Theatre
One of Maryland's oldest and most respected...
Suburban Maryland
 
Russia House Restaurant and Lounge
Transport yourself by sampling vodka flights...
Bars Dupont Circle
 
The Saloon
A classic watering hole has no TVs, no light...
Bars U Street Corridor
 
Satellite Room
Pre- and post-concert patrons of the adjacent...
Bars U Street Corridor
 
Science Club
Quiet and relaxed early in the evening, this...
Dance Clubs The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Screen on the Green
Every July and August this weekly series of...
Film The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Shakespeare Theatre
This acclaimed troupe crafts fantastically staged...
Theater Downtown
 
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Known for its author readings, with guests...
Readings / Lectures Downtown
 
Smithsonian Institution
Throughout the year the Smithsonian Associates...
Arts Centers The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Sona Creamery and Wine Bar
Along Pennsylvania Avenue, below the looming...
Wine Bars Capitol Hill
 
St. Arnold's Mussel Bar on Jefferson
This cozy space in the heart of Dupont is named...
Bars Dupont Circle
 
State Theatre
This is the place to go to see current comics and...
Music Clubs Suburban Virginia
 
Studio Theatre
One of the busiest groups in the city, this...
Theater Dupont Circle
 
Suzanne Farrell Ballet
In a little more than 10 years this dance...
Dance The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Synetic Theatre
One of the most distinctive performing arts...
Theater Suburban Virginia
 
Theater J
One of the country's most distinctive and...
Theater Downtown
 
Ticketmaster
You can buy tickets for events at most large...
Tickets Washington, D.C.
 
Ticketplace
This web-based organization sells discount...
Tickets Washington, D.C.
 
Tickets.com
Reservations for many larger events around town...
Tickets Washington, D.C.
 
The Tombs
Visitors to Georgetown University looking for a...
Bars Georgetown
 
Tony and Joe's
Right on Georgetown's waterfront, this restaurant...
Bars Georgetown
 
Town Danceboutique
Two stories of drag shows, international DJs,...
Dance Clubs U Street Corridor
 
Tryst
Bohemian and unpretentious, this coffeehouse/bar...
Bars Adams Morgan
 
Twins Jazz
For more than 25 years, twin sisters Kelly and...
Music Clubs U Street Corridor
 
U Street Music Hall
This basement dance hall hosts both DJs and live...
Dance Clubs U Street Corridor
 
Verizon Center
In addition to being the home of the Washington...
Arts Centers Downtown
 
Vinoteca
The sophisticated set flocks here for a solid...
Wine Bars U Street Corridor
 
Warner Theatre
One of Washington's grand theaters, the Warner...
Theater Downtown
 
Washington Ballet
Classical and contemporary dance is performed...
Dance The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Washington National Cathedral
Choral and church groups frequently perform in...
Music Upper Northwest
 
Washington National Opera
Founded in 1956, the Washington National Opera...
Opera The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Washington Performing Arts Society
One of the city's oldest arts organizations...
Music The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Washington Stage Guild
This company performs neglected classics as...
Theater Dupont Circle
 
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
At the only national park dedicated to the...
Arts Centers Suburban Virginia
 
Woolly Mammoth
Unusual cutting-edge shows with solid acting have...
Theater Downtown

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