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Nightlife in Washington D.C.

Washington has a vibrant performing arts scene. The city's finest venues are in Penn Quarter and Foggy Bottom, including the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ford's Theatre and Blues Alley. You'll find trendy urban clubs in Adams Morgan and U Street districts. On Capitol Hill there are several bars that are popular with visitors and locals alike, including Capital City Brewing Co. and the Dubliner.

Bars

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  1. 1. Dubliner - Bars

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    Located near Capitol Hill, award-winning Dubliner is known for its authentic Irish music and selection of beers. With an outdoor patio and rich, polished wood panelling inside, every evening live music accompanies a menu of typical Irish and local dishes.Show this on map

    Address

    4 F Street, Washington D.C. 20001

    Telephone

    +1 202 737 3773

    Transport

    Union Station metro

    Website

    Dubliner

  2. 2. Capitol City Brewing Co. - Bars

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    The city's first brewpub since Prohibition in 1933, Capitol City Brewing Co. serves its most popular beer, Prohibition Porter, to regular local customers. Housed in a 1911 post office in Capitol Hill, it also serves burgers, sandwiches and Mexican food.Show this on map

    Address

    2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington D.C. 20212

    Telephone

    +1 202 842 2337

    Transport

    Union Station metro

    Website

    Capitol City Brewing Co.

  3. 3. Pour House - Bars

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    Located on the ground floor of a three-level establishment near to the Capitol, Pour House is one of Washington's best sports bars - bizarrely affiliated with the Pittburgh Steelers! Two 60-inch plasma TVs and a seven-screen TV wall make the action easy to see.Show this on map

    Address

    319, Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington D.C. 20003

    Telephone

    +1 202 546 0779

    Transport

    Blue or Orange line to Federal Triangle

    Website

    Pour House

  4. 4. Buffalo Billiards - Bars

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    Bufffalo Billiards in Washington's Dupont Circle is a great place to grab a beer and shoot some pool. A young, fun-loving crowd enjoys the live sport screened on numerous flat-screen TVs, and the all-American menu of burgers and Buffalo wings.Show this on map

    Address

    1330 19th Street , Washington D.C. 20036

    Telephone

    +1 202 331 7665

    Transport

    Dupont Circle metro

    Website

    Buffalo Billiards

Clubs

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  1. 5. Rock and Roll Hotel - Clubs

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    The beating heart of H Street's live music revival, the Rock and Roll Hotel pulsates to the sound of Washington's hottest rising bands. DJs play in the over-21s lounge upstairs, and there are lavish rock-themed rooms to chill out in.Show this on map

    Address

    1353, H Street, Washington D.C. 20003

    Telephone

    +1 202 388 7625

    Transport

    Union metro

    Website

    Rock and Roll Hotel

  2. 6. 18th Street Lounge - Clubs

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    Glamorous 18th Street Lounge, better known as ESL, in U Street, is so famous it doesn't even have a sign outside. Past the strict door policy, three storeys fill up with Washington's most beautiful dancing to the city's best DJs.Show this on map

    Address

    1212, 18th Street NW, Washington D.C. 20210

    Telephone

    +1 202 466 3922

    Transport

    Farragut North metro

    Website

    18th Street Lounge

Entertainment

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  1. 7. Capitol Steps - Entertainment

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    The Capitol Steps are government employees turned comedians, poking fun at American and international world leaders and government policy through songs, sketches and parodies. Shows are held every weekend in a plush theatre setting in Alexandria. Photo ID is required.Show this on map

    Address

    Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C. 20004

    Telephone

    +1 202 312 1555

    Transport

    Federal Triangle metro

    Website

    Capitol Steps Website

  2. 8. Madam's Organ - Entertainment

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    Madam's Organ, Washington DC. Courtesy of Washington DC Convention & Tourism Corporation

    Chosen by Playboy as one of the best bars in America, Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan attracts a young, boho-chic crowd. Southern Soul Food is served up and accompanied by live music every night, including blues, soul, salsa and bluegrass.Show this on map

    Address

    2461, 18th Street NW, Washington D.C. 20009

    Telephone

    +1 202 667 5370

    Transport

    Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan metro

    Website

    Madam's Organ Website

  3. 9. Wolf Trap - Entertainment

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    Wolf Trap, Washington DC. Courtesy of Washington DC Convention & Tourism Corporation

    Musical performances, including pop, classical, opera, country, dance, jazz and blues are especially popular in the summer in Wolf Trap's beautiful park setting in Vienna. But both indoor and outdoor performance spaces are available, allowing for concerts all year round.Show this on map

    Address

    Trap Road, Vienna VA, Washington D.C. 22182

    Telephone

    +1 877 965 3872

    Transport

    20-minute drive north east of the city

    Website

    Wolf Trap

  4. 10. Black Cat - Entertainment

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    Red Room at Black Cat, Washington D.C. Photo by Bryan Whitson, courtesy of Black Cat.

    Opened in September 1993 by a group of musicians wanting to revive the DC music scene, Black Cat in Washington's U Street district has come to represent "the" place to be. It attracts local, national and international underground and semi-underground acts.Show this on map

    Address

    1811, 14th St NW, Washington D.C. 20009

    Telephone

    +1 202 667 4490

    Transport

    Green Line to U St./Cardozo stop

    Website

    Black Cat

  5. 11. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Entertainment

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    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

    Pick up tickets for a ballet, opera or concert held in the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, finished in 1971. Located in Foggy Bottom, it houses the Eisenhower Theater, Concert Hall and Opera House.Show this on map

    Address

    2700, F Street NW, Washington D.C. 20566

    Telephone

    +1 800 444 1324

    Transport

    Foggy Bottom-GWU metro

    Website

    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

  6. 12. Washington Ballet - Entertainment

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    Washington's premier ballet troupe is the Washington Ballet. Founded in 1976, the company performs classical and contemporary ballets primarily in Cleveland Park, but also at the Warner Theatre and Sidney Harman Hall, both in the Penn Quarter district.Show this on map

    Address

    3515 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20016

    Telephone

    +1 202 362 3606

    Transport

    Cleveland Park metro

    Website

    Washington Ballet

  7. 13. Ford's Theatre - Entertainment

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    In 1865 Abraham Lincoln visited a production at Ford's Theatre, only to be shot dead by an assassin. In 1968 the historic Penn Quarter theatre reopened and continues its role as a classic theatre with evening performances. Tours are available.Show this on map

    Address

    511 10th Street NW, Washington D.C. 20004

    Telephone

    +1 202 547 1122

    Transport

    Metro Center metro

    Website

    Ford's Theatre

  8. 14. Blues Alley - Entertainment

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    Founded in 1965 in Georgetown, Blues Alley is the oldest operating jazz supper club in America. Located in a red brick 18th-century carriage house, it has hosted such famous names as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn and Charlie Byrd.Show this on map

    Address

    1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20007

    Telephone

    +1 202 337 4141

    Transport

    Foggy Bottom-GWU metro

    Website

    Blues Alley

  9. 15. Shakespeare Theatre Company - Entertainment

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    Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington DC. Courtesy of Washington DC Convention & Tourism Corporation

    In 2007, the award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company opened their Sidney Harman Hall. Located in the Penn Quarter and with 776 seats, it boasts a contemporary design. Enjoy an evening of theatre at this premier Washington location for classic Shakespeare plays.Show this on map

    Address

    Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington D.C. 20004

    Telephone

    +1 202 547 1122

    Transport

    Gallery Place-Chinatown metro

    Website

    Shakespeare's Theatre Company

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