GEORGETOWN Area, Washington D.C.
Mr. Smiths is a restaurant and bar that has a live, sing-a-long piano on the main level, live bands upstairs, and a heated outdoor patio. I arrived about 9:30pm and met my friends, who luckily had claimed two high-top tables near the entrance. The piano bar started around 10pm and the crowd quickly poured in to take up every available place to stand. To find my way from our table to the restroom downstairs often took five minutes. Luckily we had a great waitress so we didn't have to elbow into the crowd to the bar to get beers. During the evening a bachelorette party filtered in, and of course they found my friend Matt. Don't they always find him? During breaks in the piano music, these girls kept us entertained running through their checklist for the evening.
Besides the ridiculous crowd that packed the bar at times, my only other complaint would be their unfortunate and unexpected beer shortage. Apparently OPEC's sister organization BeerPEC has cut production, because during the night, they went from about 10 draft beers to maybe only 2 or 3... just Yuengling, Murphy's, and Bud Light. And every time I asked for a beer, they gave me something different... this was a regular old Saturday night in the winter, really no excuse for a problem like this.
They say Tori Amos once played piano here and that the Bush twins used to frequent the pub.
Mr. Smiths has a happy hour daily from 4 to 7pm with $1.50 rail drinks, $1 off draft beers, and half priced appetizers. They also have daily specials like half priced appetizers on Mondays, half priced burgers on Tuesdays, $2 Coronas on Wednesdays, $2 Stellas and $2 nachos on Thursdays, and even buy one get one free dinners for college students on Sundays!
After some exploring of the Georgetown area we were in the mood for an afternoon drink and a small snack. The majority of the bars in the area were packed due to it being St. Patrick's Day weekend. We managed to find J. Paul's and it looked like it wasn't a rowdy crowd, so we decided to go in.
We managed to snag one of the last bar tables available which was sticlty due to perfect timing. Our waiter came over with menus and explained the specials of the day. After perusing the appetizers and drink offering we were good to go. I decided to have a Miller Lite. My wife chose a drink called The Something with Strawberry (yes that is the name, I thought she was joking until I saw it on the menu). We decided to split an order of fries for a snack.
This place is definitely lively with many seating areas; a large bar and numerous TV's throughout the place. As we waited forour drinks we watched some interesting arguments over sports, some drunken pub crawlers and a transvestite that wasn't fooling anyone(seriously the worst I have ever seen). Our drinks arrived with our fries in about ten minutes which was rather quick. My Miller Lite was good and I enjoyed their fries. My wife loved her drink; I think it was champagne, strawberries and some other liquor (don't remember).
Atmosphere here is good and I like the casualness of the place. I would definitely come back here for drinks or a meal; the food options did look rather good.
The Lounge at Bourbon Steak is a swanky little bar tucked into the back of the high-end Four Seasons Hotel next to highly acclaimed Bourbon Steak restaurant. We arrived here around 8:30 pm on a Saturday night to meet a friend before dinner, and I realized that I never see large groups of beautiful people in DC because they are all here. The 10-seat bar and the 30 or so seats around tables were all packed, with another dozen or so people standing around.
Once inside this hotel lounge, it no longer feels like your typical hotel lounge. High ceilings, dim lights, leather chairs, and low cocktail tables set the mood. Their leather-bound drink menu is impressive, both in the large quantity of available drinks, but also in the high price of their creations: many are $10 to $15 each. I had a French Kronenbourg 1664 beer, while Laura had one of the specialty drinks... with bourbon and rhubarb, very sweet and tasty.
Georgetown is where Americans shop like Europeans. Yeah, we usually like the malls, but Georgetown is one of those old city-center type shopping areas, where you have to *Gasp* go outside to get from store to store. Except for the Shops at Georgetown, which is a mall.
However, we can't just shut down a road here, so there is 'M' street, right down the middle, waiting at every traffic light to move a little furthur.
If you're looking for high-dollar late-night dinner and drinks, as well as a club or two, this is the right place.
Dress Code: Usually the conservative bent of Georgetown means dress conservatively or in-style. Most of the Europeans call this part of town home, complete with the staffers from Capital Hill and local Embassies.
I was once a regular at all the dance clubs along K street and in Georgetown, but I've been away for a few years....
I do, however, go to a regular Swing Dance event in a ballroom at the Cherry Hill campground in College Park, MD.
For dancing info in the MD/DC/Va area, go to the website below:
GEORGETOWN- a famous neighborhood. This is Washington's center for restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and trendy boutiques. Just watch out- everything is very expensive!! It's teeming with locals, both young and old at night, and is a great place to walk around during the day. There are many restaraunts located directly on the harbor.
Long before the District of Columbia was formed, Georgetown, Washington's oldest neighborhood, was a separate city with a harbor full of ships and warehouses filled with tobacco. Now, it is the wealthiest neighborhood in DC. It is also home to the world-renouned, Georgetown University.
Dress Code: Most people dress casually suring the day and at night. Don't expect freaks and weirdos- more senior citizens in polo shirts.
Nico I am tired of the buildings .. I wanna PARTY like a rock star!! Help me please! You're in luck because DC does have some of the best night entertainment! Lets see where shall we start ...
The 18th Street Lounge: One of my fav hangouts.Its a very GQ/Cosmo club. WHat does that mean. Well it sorta has this snoby attitude. So unless you are dressed the part, walk the walk and talk the talk you might not get in! I know sounds unfair but no one said life was fair! :)
Music: house and hip hop on the second floor and deck, live jazz in the third-floor lounge.
The Bohemian Caverns: Although live jazz is the true draw, the Caverns inhabits the upper level on weekend nights with a DJ spinning what the club has dubbed 'smooth funky rhythms.' Excellent place for Jazz and rythem lovers!
Cities: is New York-swanky and trendy kinda club. Umm what does that mean? With amber-colored low lighting, pricey drinks and a martini-glass-littered bar, it's classy and slightly pretentious. It seems like its a place for people with money or those who pretend to have money! :)
Diva Nightclub at Tuscana West: A cosmopolitan club with a Middle Eastern flare, Diva attracts ex-pats, visiting students, diplomats and D.C.'s more international natives. DJs spin a mix of Arabic- and Latin-flavored techno and club versions of Top 40 dance hits. Drinks are not cheap and dress to impress!!
Paper Moon: A trendy resturant in the heart of George Town that turns into a dance club after11pm on weekends!
Nico .. I am sure you mean well but I am a down to earth kinda guy/gal and I want to Drink beer and not audition to become a runway model! Ahh .. in that case try Champions of Georgetown or ESPN Zone.
Other clubs worth checking out: Polyster and Insomnia. Both multi level and offering a variety of music! Insominia is more Hip Hop and R&B.
Nico any chance of 'aletrnative life style' spots? You mean Gay bar? Sure DC has a few popular places for alternative life styles (amazing how we come up with these complicated names for simple things just to be politically correct!) Try Dupont Italian Kitchen, a returant down staris and a love shack umm I mean club upstairs! :)
Georgetown, Adams-Morgan, and Dupont Circle. Three great neighborhoods full of restaurants, cafes, bars and people. Head to either or both and just soak in the local atmosphere. Grab a few drinks, people-watch, stroll and enjoy. Georgetown will have the highest concentration of tourists while Adams-Morgan has a large homosexual/lesbian contigent that hangs out here. Dupont Circle is a bit classier, but not much. The Metro goes to all 3 neighborhoods.
Georgetown is a great nightlife spot. Oldtown in Alexandria, Virginia, (right across the river) is also a fun place to be. There are shops, restaurants, and nightclubs for several blocks.
They are my favorite places because there is so much to do there and so many people to meet.
Dress Code: Casual for most places. Some are dressy.
Georgetown has many great restaurants and pubs. There is always a lot of activity happening and you may run into a celebrity or political figure. Some of my favorite places include J. Paul's, Nathans and Clyde's.
Dress Code: Casual to dressy depending on where you go.
In an University city like this one, there is nothing you can't do, talking about night life.
Also for the more quiet ones, there are cruises that sail down the Potomac and you can have dinner there.
Dress Code: You are in Georgetown!!
You can wear sandals and t-shirt although I wouldn't recommend it, because there might be some nice reastaurants which might not allow you to go in. The bottom line is , you can go very relaxed
Try 'My brothers place' for roudy beer swilling.
or any of the bars around the Capitol Hill for the 20-30yrs group
M Street in George town for the collage bar scene.
Dress Code: Most bars are casual, any that aren't there aren't worth going to. (DC has enough tension anyway!)
Georgetown, Adams-Morgan, downtown
As in most cities, naming a praticular club or bar is ludicrous, as most places only exist for three or four months. The trick is knowing the areas to check out. Georgetown is great for studenty/yuppie-type bars; Adams-Morgan is a bit more grungy/hippie/Greenwich Village-esque; downtown (F&G Streets, 11-13th Ave or so NW) has your large warehouse-sized dance clubs. You can find great Salsa dancing all over town.
Dress Code: Look good. Black is de rigeur. Polyester is recommended, as is leather. DC is a very image-conscious city, so you simply must look fly.
Georgetown is the best area to look for some nightlife activities, the area is full of cool places on M street or in the washington harbor. There is also the Kennedy center not far when you can watch theater shows.
Riot Act is proud to announce the return of BOB SAGET to the GW'S Lisner Auditorium at 8pm November 9th, 2006.
Saget is known world-wide for his television roles and has set a precedent by simultaneously starring in two hit prime time series, as 'Danny Tanner' on the eight year run sitcom FULL HOUSE and the host of AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS. In addition, Saget recently starred and stole the show in THE ARISTOCRATS and HBO's ENTOURAGE.
Dress Code: casual