Washington DC and the surrounding area offer countless options for one-of-a-kind clubs and bars. So which ones are the best, you might ask? It depends on what you’re interested in! The following list features nightlife spots that Longwood alumni love most. Whether you’re a local or traveler, these establishments will make your DC experience unforgettable.

1. 9:30 Club

The well-recognized 9:30 Club sits on the corner of 9th and V St. They identify themselves as both a nightclub and a live music venue for all ages. Interestingly, the 9:30 Club’s stage can be wheeled back and forth, to make any sized event feel like a packed show. In addition to music and night life, four full bars are available offering your favorite spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. The club includes a coffee bar with a delicious assortment of caffeine-fueled fun. Some especially significant showings at the venue involved Jack’s Mannequin, Bastille, Adele, Radiohead, and Adam Lambert. Most new shows are announced and updated on our website, at the viewers convenience, on Mondays. Check out their upcoming listings today and book your tickets!

2. Georgetown Piano Bar

The vision for Georgetown Piano Bar is to create an environment that is inviting while also being a place where people feel enlivened by the music. The bar is organized to revolve around an equivocal centerpiece, the glossy cherry red piano. Guests will enjoy world-class live entertainment showcasing two of the area’s most recognized pianists, Hunter Lang and Spencer Bates.  Those itching to get up and perform solo will have the opportunity to do so. Georgetown Piano Bar’s weekend performer, Hunter Lang, is an extraordinary singer/songwriter and pianist. Guests can look forward to his interactive show, which delivers an emotional and physical performance. Spencer Bates, Georgetown Piano Bar’s weeknight performer, is a DC-based singer/songwriter, and piano entertainer. A talented and charismatic entertainer, he enjoys interacting with the crowd and keeps them singing along, laughing, and tapping their toes throughout every performance. You won’t regret checking out these ivory keys. 

3. O’Sullivan’s

Opening in 2006, this family-owned and operated pub epitomizes what an Irish bar should be. Irish owners, managers, and staff are the core of the establishment. Coupled with traditional Irish food and drinks, it has made a name for itself as the “locals” bar, located in the heart of Arlington. In 2013, O’Sullivan’s expanded and doubled in size, adding more seating, TV’s, and a second bar specializing in whiskey. Now boasting over 130 whiskeys, the new bar and additional dining room hasn’t changed the atmosphere- only making it bigger and better. They love to cater events, in addition to hosting karaoke and trivia three nights a week. Meet the O’Sullivan’s team today for a genuine Irish experience. 


4. The Salt Line

At The Salt Line, they’re taking inspiration from the magic of New England and creating a lively and welcoming experience. They serve classic dishes influenced by the bounty of the Chesapeake. In addition to food, their drink specials are also highly favored. Happy Hour is from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Tuesday thru Friday at the bar. They now offer all day happy hour on Mondays including game days! Large outdoor spaces are available, which can be tailored to almost any event need. Whether you are looking for an intimate seated dinner, small birthday gathering, or large corporate event, the outdoor bar and dining options, with panoramic views of the Anacostia River, are a great option for any event. Their Essex Room is a cedar shingled private room that evokes the look and charm of a NE boatyard. The room features large windows and French doors which open up to the Anacostia Riverfront, and is perfectly suited for either a large seated dinner or an intimate standing cocktail reception. The room can also be combined with a portion of our riverfront patio to provide you with both additional capacity and indoor/outdoor experiences. Gather family and friends at The Salt Line for the most stunning views, eats, and drinks on the waterway.


5. Don Tito

Inspired by a classic cantina look, Don Tito’s space embraces the best parts of Mexican tradition eaten with an American twist. Their menu is based around the love for three things: tacos, tequila, and beer. So join them for a fun dinner, happy hour, or come in for an amazing brunch. Having a spacious venue with three separate floors makes them a fantastic venue choice for private parties of all types! Don Tito’s experienced hospitality team will help plan your next celebration down to the last detail; from the bites to the cocktails, they’ll ensure an intimate, memorable experience that is customized your way.

Since first opening in early 2015, Don Tito has earned a reputation for putting a fresh spin on the Mexican restaurants typically found in Arlington, VA. Their tasty Flex-Mex fare, large drink menu, and classy yet casual atmosphere make the Clarendon hotspot the ideal venue and a range of private events. As the success of any party hinges largely on its location, hosts can rest easy as they handle all the details and deliver an enjoyable affair that guests will remember for years to come. Inspired by a love of tacos, tequila, and beer, this Arlington, VA Mexican restaurant creates deliciously fun experiences for parties of all preferences and sizes.


6. Decades

Located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, Decades is a five-story, 15,000 square foot retro-themed nightclub in the heart of the DC. Celebrating club culture, and the greatest hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s, 2000s, and the present, the club able has a dozen different VIP experiences, Funktion One sound system, and can be configured for exclusive private events for 50-1000 people. Grafiti, gadgets, gear, and more are also showcased throughout the space, celebrating everything to love about the energy and excitement of club-friendly sounds of all genres from music’s most exciting eras. Book one of their VIP tables or private party rooms today, or stop on in for a drink, to take an unforgettable blast to the past.


7. The Wharf

Washington’s next great meeting place has arrived. The Wharf reestablishes Washington, DC, as a waterfront city and destination. This remarkable, mile-long stretch along the Potomac River comes to life with restaurants, retailers, residences, and businesses—all complemented by monumental views and a vibrant culture. With the first phase of District Wharf complete and thriving, it’s easy to forget how much time and effort it had taken to make it happen. Accompanied by the gathering center are dazzling water views, hot new restaurants, year-round music and entertainment, and waterside style. The best part? It’s all together in one location. Set against the relaxing current of the Potomac waterfront, this will be the most exciting music and bar scene in Washington District. Check out their website today to see all the fun that’s available for you.


8. Whitlows

The Whitlow’s tradition began on the corner of 11th and E Street, NW, when David Whitlow opened his bar and grill to the public in 1946. Over the next 25 years, Whitlow’s became an unmistakable landmark in downtown Washington. In all of Clarendon, Whitlow's is your best choice for any function you are planning. Whether you are trying to feed 20 or 200, they provide great food and service, both on and off-premises, and in or outdoors. View they Catering Menu to se how they can bring the fun to you. Areas available to privately rent-out are also available at Whitlow's including the entire back bar, and the back patio. Rehearsal dinners, corporate functions, birthday parties, and wedding receptions are all events that Whitlows thoroughly enjoys hosting. They also reserve the front area of the pool room and a small cocktail area located at the main bar for smaller groups. You won’t want to miss this entertaining, one-of-a-kind setting!

9. U Street 

U Street was once truly the epitome of black culture in America, attracting locals and visitors for an unparalleled music and nightlife scene. Perhaps not coincidentally, it’s also the birthplace of celebrated DC hero, jazz musician Duke Ellington. Today, this section of the city is as vibrant as ever, anchored by the lively 14th Street Corridor to the west and the refurbished Howard Theater bordering the Shaw Neighborhood to the east, where a towering sculpture in reverence to Ellington stands. In fact, there’s no better place for the music-lover than this area. You’ll find jazz clubs, nationally and internationally acclaimed bands, and DJs playing aboveground and underground and all sorts of options for affordable tunes. It’s both historic and colorful, boasting some of the richest culture of the city and full of bars, restaurants, and boutiques – as well as plenty of DC locals who come to enjoy the culture and the people-watching. Visit a piece of D.C. that never sleeps! 

10. Clarendon

Clarendon is especially known for lively nightlife, a perfect location for a great date night at any age, and a center of activity for the younger crowd. If you’re looking for fun in the evenings, you’ll always find it in Clarendon. At the heart of Arlington, this urban village hosts a variety of restaurants, retail space, bars, and luxury living- making it an eclectic, middle-of-the-road destination. Visit a craft brewery, dine at one of many only-in-Arlington eateries, or kick back in a pub or hear live bands. Options of all kinds are available for you in Clarendon, with something exciting to do for any time of the year. Just a few establishments of the area include The Lot, Don Tito, Buena Vida Social, Club, The G.O.A.T., Spider Kelly’s, and so much more! 


We hope you enjoy these hottest locations in the Washington District! Comment with your favorite location down below.


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