ADAM'S MORGAN Area, Washington D.C.
Adams Morgan is, in my humble opinion ,the best neighborhood in DC to live and go out. Of course I live in the area so I might be a bit biased. ;-) On 18th street and Columbia road these two streets offer great food choices ranging from a large amount of Ethiopian restaurants, Italian, sushi, Brazilian, African,Moroccan dining (my favourite is Soussi on 18th Street and Kalorama) to the late night X-large slice of pizza.
In a few short blocks you can people watch walking down the street or pop into my favourite coffee hangout, Tryst, grab a latte a good book and chill,get complemented by our own local star the "Complement Man" (don't forget to tip) hop into Bukom Cafe for fantastic live Reggae music or head down to the 18th & U Duplex Diner and down one the Jesse's fantastic Apple Martini's. If you are looking for a quiet romantic spot try The Little Fountain Cafe.
So whether you want to mingle with the beautiful people, get sloshed with the college kids or be intellecutal and pensive Adams Morgan is the place to do it! Hey you might even see me wandering around the neighborhood.
Dress Code: Dressed to impress or jeans & T-shirt. :-)
Brass Monkey is another unpretentious, but busy, bar on 18th Street in Adams Morgan. This bar is located on the second floor upstairs from Spaghetti Garden and beside Roxannes. Most of the seating area in Brass Monkey is made up of relaxing couches around small coffee tables, giving it a living room feel that is great for conversation with your group, but not so good for meeting people. They have a nice, large which is a better place to meet new people while you sip your beer.
We heard Adam's Morgan was a cool area to head out. There were plenty of bars and and places to grab a bite to eat.
On a quiet night we ventured to the Reef Bar and ended up quite legless thanks to the friendly barman, Ryan. The bar has a cool little rooftop section, which is apparently chock-full on busy nights.
WARNING#1: Regulars warned to not walk the area outside the strip at night due to safety concerns - take a taxi instead.
WARNING #2: Friendly barmen and locals often lead to free drinks, which lead to umproductive following days!
If you are new to Washington as I was, the Adam Morgan’s area is a popular part of town that has a lot of bars; it is a party scene here on Friday and Saturday nights.
I mentioned in my Madam’s Organ tip that was I too exhausted to properly experience plus I was alone so although it didn’t work out to well, I did have a better head in the morning so there were positive parts to it.
There is a Metro that will drop you off in that area. I left to walk from Hostelling International and it took me at least 30 or more minutes. It was much faster coming back downhill.
I felt that I was safe the entire time I was in Washington. The streets where very busy and lots going on. On my walk to Adam Morgan’s area I did have a couple of reasons to become a little extra cautious.
Schadenfreude @ Chief Ike's: Tuesdays - Goth "BAR" night
1725 Columbia Rd. :: Washington, DC 20009 *202-332-2211 *
Staff DJs :: Shade + Liebchen + MissGuided
A little hole-in-the-wall tiki bar/ mambo room that has a goth night every tuesday, playing everything from Bauhaus and the Sisters of Mercy, to the newest like The Awakening and Anders Manga. But don't be mistaken as I was - its a 'bar night' not a 'club night'. Not much room to dance, and the whole evening I was there, no one was dancing. The decor is cool - but kitchy tiki bar, rather than your dark and dank dungeon. Not too many goths either. The bartender said it was the weather. Not sure if I buy that. Music was good, staff friendly, drinks very strong. I'm not much of a bar attendee (as I am a clubster) so can't say I enjoyed the night that much. Though people were friendly. Rating 2 stars out of 5. Visited 1/9/2007.
Want to hear live samba and/or salsa music? The Bosso delivers. I haven't yet tried the food here, but the music and drinks are great. And people are friendly. While here, check out the unusual painting over the bar. For a seat, arrive early, no later than 9:30. And if you tire of the band downstairs, see the one upstairs.
Dress Code: Casual.
Probably the best-known nightspot in Adams Morgan is Madam's Organ. This club, featuring local rock, blues, and rockabilly bands, is always crowded on weekends. The cover charge is usually $5.00--not bad, for a decent band. Service is good. If you want a seat near the band, arrive no later than 9:30 (preferably 9:00).
Dress Code: Casual.
Columbia Station offers a style of music that is often more funk than jazz. It's usually danceable, and a lot of fun. This club has no cover, and is generally less crowded than some of the other nightspots around the area.
Dress Code: Casual.
Let's face it, DC has a reputation of being a conservative town. This isn't necessarily true, as the various college students and in-town Congressional interns need somewhere to blow off that 20,000 a year salary.
The Washington City Paper and various other websites, such as DC nites [sic] are always listing the various parties, clubs, and nightspots that are occuring every weekend. Generally, clubs are popular on specific weeknights, and ownership changes rapidly. Rapidly enough that a website or weekly newspaper is needed to keep track of it all.
If you want another spot in D.C. to enjoy a cold beverage and a spot of food, try Adam's Morgan. Although parking is a major hassle, there aren't too many areas like Adam's Morgan in D.C, other than Dupont Circle and Georgetown.
Suffice to say it is another ethnically diverse variety of restaurants and bars that bring out the younger international crowd on weekend evenings.
Dress Code: General American fare -- jeans or better.
If you visit the Adam's Morgan area a visit to the nightclub Madam Organ's is a must! It doesn't look like much from the outside but it's a great place for live music. Monday night features a band called "One Night Stand" and you won't believe how good they are. They play a mixture of jazz, blues, and Motown.
Get there early though because it fills up fast.
Very simple place where 80's music and culture is all around. Very cheap drinks, very relaxed. Two floors place, the lower one being "hell" and the upper one being "heaven". I never went to hell, seemed trashy. Heaven was cool.
Dress Code: Jeans and sneakers.
Roxannes is a very low-key bar with an outdoor patio in the center of Adams Morgan. It is two stories high with bars both upstairs and down. The night we were there, the upstairs bar was much busier, perhaps because you can walk from there to the bar next door, the Brass Monkey. The outdoor patio, located on the second floor, overlooks Adams Morgan & 18th Street, but due to the rain, it was empty during our visit. This is a nice palce to go to hang out and chat with friends over a beer.
During the day, Roxannes is one of the most popular Tex-Mex restaurants in Adams Morgan.
My absolute favorite club in DC is Habana Village near the corner of 18th & Columbia in Adam's Morgan. They're a Cuban restaurant during the day and a bar/club at night. They have a live Cuban band on one floor and a DJ on the other. Their signature drink is a mojito, which I highly recommend. People are serious about their salsa at this place, so please only come if you respect and enjoy this type of music and dancing. Everytime I go there I have a great time. I don't dance very well, but there's always someone willing to help me learn. I would recommend arriving around 11 pm, because that's when things start picking up. It closes at 3 am.
Dress Code: I would recommend wearing all black. I'm not exactly sure, but I would guess that sneakers are not allowed because of the dance floor, but jeans are okay.
Look for a copy of the washington City Paper it usually appears on Thursday and is gone by Saturday.
Has listings of events, clubs music etc.
It's also available on the web at :
Another good website is the Washington Post Entertainment section at :