Washington, D.C.

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Washington, D.C. - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

Recommended Fodor’s Video

Sort by: 74 Recommendations {{numTotalPoiResults}} {{ (numTotalPoiResults===1)?'Recommendation':'Recommendations' }} 0 Recommendations
CLEAR ALL CLEAR ALL
Loading...
Loading...
  • 1. 2 Birds, 1 Stone

    Bars/Pubs

    In a barely marked underground spot just off the city’s hottest strip you’ll find its hippest new cocktail bar, serving an ever-changing menu...Read More

  • 2. 9:30 Club

    U Street | Music Clubs

    Consistently ranked as one of the best concert venues in the country, the 9:30 Club is also a favorite of many rock acts due to warm receptions...Read More

  • 3. Black Cat

    U Street | Music Clubs

    Way before its stretch of 14th Street became the trendiest few blocks in town, the Black Cat was a destination for alternative music and quirky...Read More

  • 4. Blues Alley

    Georgetown | Music Clubs

    Head here for a classy evening in an intimate setting, complete with great music from well-known performers such as Mose Allison and Wynton...Read More

  • 5. Capitol Steps

    Downtown | Comedy Clubs

    Putting the "mock" in democracy, the musical political satire of this group—many of whom are current or former Hill staffers—is presented in...Read More

  • 6. Cork Wine Bar

    U Street | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    On weekends, the crowds can spill onto 14th Street–-but one of the best wine bars in D.C. is worth the wait. An outstanding wine list (mainly...Read More

  • 7. Eighteenth Street Lounge

    Dupont Circle | Bars/Pubs

    This multilevel space's division into an array of sofa-filled rooms makes an evening at this home away from home for Washington's hipper globalists...Read More

  • 8. Flash

    Dance Clubs

    The decline of mega-clubs in D.C. has coincided with a rise in more intimate and inviting venues for those serious about dancing. . This photography...Read More

  • 9. Mockingbird Hill

    Wine Bars–Nightlife

    Inspired by similar bars in Spain, this sophisticated find is an American toast to sherry–-which in fact was the first wine to be enjoyed in...Read More

  • 10. The Brixton

    U Street | Bars/Pubs

    An English pub with an upscale D.C. twist offers three levels of fun in the heart of the U Street bustle. The menu is inspired by the Commonwealth...Read More

  • 11. A&D Neighborhood Bar

    Shaw | Bars/Pubs

    From the street, A&D is camouflaged with a front window brimming with houseplants and an old bicycle. Don't be fooled. Inside, you'll find...Read More

  • 12. Black Jack

    Logan Circle | Bars/Pubs

    A red-velvet, almost vaudeville-like interior around the bar offers a saucy experience upstairs from the highly rated Pearl Dive Oyster Palace...Read More

  • 13. Board Room

    Dupont Circle | Bars/Pubs

    Put down your smart phone and interact!" is the motto at this pub with 20-plus beers on tap, a full bar—try "The Bionic Woman"—and a huge choice...Read More

  • 14. Bourbon

    Adams Morgan | Bars/Pubs

    A more mature Southern-tinged drinking and dining experience diverges from the typical Adams Morgan scene. Though you can dance on the second...Read More

  • 15. Busboys and Poets

    U Street | Bars/Pubs

    Part eatery, part bookstore, and part event space, this popular local hangout draws a diverse crowd and hosts a wide range of entertainment...Read More

  • 16. Cafe Citron

    Dupont Circle | Bars/Pubs

    Mojitos are the specialty at this Latin bar and dance club, with no less than eight varieties available, from the standard to a spicy ginger...Read More

  • 17. Café Saint-Ex

    U Street | Bars/Pubs

    Named for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French pilot and author of The Little Prince, this bi-level bar has a split personality. The upstairs...Read More

  • 18. Chi-Cha Lounge

    U Street | Bars/Pubs

    Groups of young professionals relax on sofas and armchairs in this hip hangout modeled after an Ecuadorian hacienda, while Latin jazz mingles...Read More

  • 19. ChurchKey

    Logan Circle | Bars/Pubs

    There's an astounding selection of beers at ChurchKey—555 varieties from more than 30 countries, including 50 beers on tap and exclusive draught...Read More

  • 20. Cobalt

    Dupont Circle | Dance Clubs

    Popular among the gay and lesbian crowd, this venue anchors the 17th Street strip with three distinct floors: the bottom floor is the Level...Read More

No nightlife Results

Please try a broader search, or expore these popular suggestions:

Around the Web