Washington, D.C.

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  • 1. 2 Birds, 1 Stone


    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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. DC9

    U Street | Music Clubs

    With live music most days of the week, this small two-story rock club with an upper deck hosts fledgling indie bands and the occasional nationally...Read More

  • 12. Local 16

    U Street | Bars/Pubs

    When they have to remove all the chairs in the joint to make more room for dancing, you know you've picked a good spot. Locals and out-of-towners...Read More

  • 13. Marvin

    U Street | Bars/Pubs

    Young crowds cram in on the weekend, but even if that's not your scene this trendsetter is still worth a visit. The excellent gastropub—moules...Read More

  • 14. Nellie's Sports Bar

    U Street | Bars/Pubs

    This popular sports bar with a gay following makes everyone feel welcome. Catch the games on multiple screens, or try your luck with "drag bingo...Read More

  • 15. Satellite Room

    U Street | Bars/Pubs

    Pre- and postconcert patrons of the adjacent 9:30 Club can enjoy alcoholic milk shakes: think avocado with tequila or a more traditional chocolate...Read More

  • 16. The Saloon

    U Street | Bars/Pubs

    A classic watering hole has no TVs, no light beer, and no martinis. What you can find are locals engaged in conversation—a stated goal of the...Read More

  • 17. Town Danceboutique

    U Street | Dance Clubs

    Two stories of drag shows, international DJs, go-go boys, and a "chill-out room" keep the crowds coming to this U Street corridor party place...Read More

  • 18. Twins Jazz

    U Street | Music Clubs

    For nearly three decades, twin sisters Kelly and Maze Tesfaye have been offering great jazz, featuring some of D.C.'s strongest straight-ahead...Read More

  • 19. U Street Music Hall

    U Street | Dance Clubs

    This basement dance hall boasts one of the best sound systems in the city and features both DJs and live bands playing indie rock, dance, and...Read More

  • 20. Vinoteca

    U Street | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    The sophisticated set flocks here for a solid list of around 100 wines, a menu of delicious small bites, and weekend brunches. There's a daily...Read More

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