Democrat and Republican: They're Not the Only Parties in the District

Filibusters, bills and political squabbles may get all the headlines out of Washington, D.C. but the nightlife scene is truly newsworthy when you see how much the district has to offer visitors and residents alike. There really is something for everyone to enjoy. If you want to see some of the most popular names in music then head on over to Nightclub 9:30 or check out The Black Cat to see up and coming performers in the indie rock genre. Both offer patrons the opportunity to see great music in an intimate setting.

Sometimes people just want to watch their favorite sports teams play. Whether they are celebrating a victory or commiserating in defeat, Ventnor Sports Cafe offers multiple televisions, great food, trivia on Tuesdays and a home for fantasy football. In need of a good laugh? DC Improv is one of the best comedy clubs in the nation offering big names and even larger laughs.

But, let's be honest. When we get all dressed up for a night on the town, we want to dance. The nation's capital has a number of dance clubs like The 18th Street Lounge. Living Room, and Heist to keep your hips moving until they announce last call. Whatever your choice, the district offers so much to choose from after dark.

Ventnor's Sports Cafe
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Located in the heart of Adams Morgan, this caf�s a great place to watch games especially if you are a UNC, Philadelphia Flyer, Michigan, Syracuse or Stanford fan. Games aren't the only event you will find on their televisions. D.C. is a...  Read More

Kabin Lounge
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Playing the hottest Top 40, hip hop and house music, Kabin Lounge aims to provide guests with a premium clubbing experience. The 3,200 square foot space resembles a posh Aspen mountain cabin and includes 14 VIP Tables with bottle service. The...  Read More

DC Improv


Everyone needs a good laugh and what better way to tickle your funny bone than to come to DC Improv, one of the top comedy clubs in the nation. A 'Who's who' of comedians have performed here including Ellen DeGeneres, Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black...  Read More



Walk through the doors of this Georgetown gem and you will be transported back to the supper clubs of the 1920s and 1930s. Founded in 1965, many well-known artists have played here including Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis. While taking in a...  Read More



Named for the Adams Morgan neighborhood the venue calls home, Madam's Organ features live entertainment seven days a week and bills itself as the place "where the beautiful people go to get ugly." While known for showcasing jazz and blues bands,...  Read More

U Street


Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Radiohead and The Strokes are just some of the bands that have played The Black Cat. Since 1993, the club has been bringing patrons the best in live independent music. The 7,000 square foot main concert room hosts...  Read More

Living Room
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With quirky decor, large couches and curtains throughout, this event space does live up to its name even though its probably unlike most living rooms you have been in. Located in Logan Circle, this club and event space offers a place for...  Read More

Nightclub 9:30
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The official title is Nightclub 9:30 but most know the venue as the 9:30 Club. Some of the most popular names and bands in music perform at this intimate venue. Just scroll through the upcoming shows list and you will be amazed by the talent....  Read More

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Promising 'grandeur, fun and light-hearted delinquency,' Heist will steal you in to a world of 'sleek, sophistication and cool.' This place really starts to come alive after midnight so be ready to dance when the DJ starts playing Top 40,...  Read More



Co-owner Farid Nouri wanted to establish a nightlife spot that he would want to go to himself. "Enough energy for a party but a place where people can socialize in an intimate environment." Known as "The Lounge," the club has five areas to...  Read More


Meet Gina Gallucci White

Gina Gallucci White is an award winning freelance writer with articles appearing in such regional publications as Frederick Magazine, The Daily Record, Montgomery Magazine and The Gazette. She...  More About Gina