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Bars and nightlife in Washington

Top bars

American Restaurant
“Probably the most famous restaurant in Washington DC, its right next to the White House and does not disappoint! You will definitely need a reservation”
  • 68 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“The E cinema is presenting movies which cannot be find on a regular movie theatre. We love to go there and find international and contemporary gems. If you are in the mood E cinema is the place.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Reservartions recommended. Palak Chaat is insanely good here. I think the whole menu is solid, honestly. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Nightlife Spot
“1/2 price sushi everyday from 3:00PM-6:00PM and 11:00PM to closing. Very fresh. Great American food as well.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Great lunch, dinner or just happy hour near the museums in China Town (yellow and green line train)”
  • 38 locals recommend
Night Club
“POV is the best place for a selfie! It has the best views! Drinks are expensive but worth it but have one drink, see the sights, get your photos and move on! It pairs well with eating at Old Ebbitt Grille, DC’s oldest saloon and a place across from the White House. Walk into Old Ebbitt Grille, which is close by, request a reservation, they will call you when your table is ready, and go wait with a drink and a selfie at POV. By the time your drink is finished your table at Old Ebbitt will be ready. I do not recommend eating at POV which I find over priced and so-so. The drinks at POV are worth every penny though. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“When in DC, you must dine at one of Jose Andres's restaurant. One of my personal favs! Spanish tapas and great Spanish wine list. Good lunch spot when visiting the museums downtown”
  • 25 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Capital Grille is a classic DC, award winning, high-end, steak house with aged steaks. It's pricey, but excellent. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Indian Restaurant
“Reservartions recommended. Palak Chaat is insanely good here. I think the whole menu is solid, honestly. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Night Club
“POV is the best place for a selfie! It has the best views! Drinks are expensive but worth it but have one drink, see the sights, get your photos and move on! It pairs well with eating at Old Ebbitt Grille, DC’s oldest saloon and a place across from the White House. Walk into Old Ebbitt Grille, which is close by, request a reservation, they will call you when your table is ready, and go wait with a drink and a selfie at POV. By the time your drink is finished your table at Old Ebbitt will be ready. I do not recommend eating at POV which I find over priced and so-so. The drinks at POV are worth every penny though. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you love chocolate, this is the place for you! They have amazing desserts, drinks and even chocolate covered bacon on macaroni and cheese. Very close to the Spy Museum, Portrait Gallery and the Capital One Arena (where the Caps and Wizards play). ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“At José Andrés’ cocktail lab in Penn Quarter, the sister to the exclusive Minibar dining experience, the drinks are works of art that don't take themselves too seriously. The current cocktail flight, inspired by nostalgia, is stocked with creations like Saturday Morning Cartoons, made with brandy, Angostura cereal, caramelized milk, and vanilla, all presented with props like a View-Master or Pokemon cards. You don't have to opt for the flight: there are 100 cocktails on the menu and bartenders can dream something up on the spot. Book a reservation well in advance for a fancy, but fun, D.C. night out.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Nightclub
“DC Nightclub. Bottle service is available at this multilevel bar & lounge with special lighting effects & DJs.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Never a wait, pan-asian restaurant. Reliable and fine with kids or not. Near Gallery Place Chinatown metro stop. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Americana food, local, and delicious, Tell Ben, the bartender, and Mikias, the manager, I sent you!”
  • 1 local recommends

Music venues

Nightlife Spot
“1/2 price sushi everyday from 3:00PM-6:00PM and 11:00PM to closing. Very fresh. Great American food as well.”
  • 42 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“If you have made your way downtown or to the Smithsonian - this is a great place for a group or family meal. Outstanding BBQ.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Theatre
“It has an historical feeling to it. Restrooms kept very clean although a number of people are using them. Live Shows. Paid Parking. Metro (and bus) Access. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
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