Nightclubs and bars in Washington D.C.

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    Odyssey 111: Get Dressed Up and Cruise the Potomac River

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 24, 2005

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    This is dinner, dancing, cruising, and a show all rolled into one. You will meet other interesting people. This is a romantic evening or a great night out with your friends. The food is good, and you can get some nice night shots. The boat is built to go under bridges, and You will have a great time.

    Dress Code: Jackets are strongly recommended for Dinner Cruises, Dress Casual wear is recommended for Brunch/Lunch Cruises.
    Best to make a reservation. Look for coupon for $10.00 off in the local books around town.

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    Along the marina: A sunset stroll

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 24, 2005

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    If your looking for something to do at night and your not in the mood for a lot of noise, take a walk along the marina at sunset. It is so peaceful and relaxing to watch the sunset around all those beautiful boats. The Potomac looks much better under the moonlight any way.

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    The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Named in Honor of the Man Who Supported It Most

    by deecat Updated May 29, 2005

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    "We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda, it is a form of truth." John F. Kennedy

    John F. Kenndy was one of the biggest supporters of the Arts; therefore, he lead in the fund-raising for The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ironically, he died before it was completed; it was then named in his honor. It opened in 1971& was designed by Edward Durrell Stone.

    Allan & I made sure that we were able to see The Kennedy Center.

    It is a vast complex made up of 3 mammoth theaters, an opera house, a concert hall, & the Eisenhower Theater. Also, on the roof is the Terrace theater, the Theater Lab, & the American Film Institute!

    We happened to be in the largest area which is called The Concert Hall. It seats 2,500 people and is the home of the National Symphony Orchestra, which we heard and saw.

    We walked The JFK Terrace which stretches the length of the center. It's quite wonderful because it overlooks the Potomac River, & there are quotes by John F. Kennedy engraved into its marble walls.

    Quite impressive was the enormous room (600+ feet)) that serves as an entrance into the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, & the Concert Hall. It's officially called The Grand Foyer.

    Since I was such a fan of President Kennedy, I really loved the Bust of JFK that was created by Robert Berks. It's a bronze bust that stands in the Grand Foyer. Sadly, the sculptor began his work on the very night that Kennedy was assinated!

    One of the most elegant things that we saw there was inside The Opera House. There is an enormous chandelier that is made of Lobmeyr crystal & was given to the Center by Austria.

    There are 2 great halls called The Hall of States and %The Hall of Nations. One has the flags of each of the 50 states in America; the other has the flag of every country that the United States has diplomatic relations with.

    There is a smaller theater called Millennium Stage where free performances are given.

    Dress Code: Since we went to a performance, we dressed up...I was in a dress, and Allan had on slacks and a sport's coat. Some people were dressed "to the tens" because some fancy performance was also going on that night.

    Even if you cannot attend a performance, take a free guided tour to see the inside of the theaters and all the rest.

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    The Brickskeller: disappointment at The Brick

    by richiecdisc Written Apr 24, 2010

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    The Brickskeller is a US beer legend. Perhaps the first DC specialty beer bar, it is home to many renowned beery events and none other than the late great beer guru Michael Jackson hosted many of his within its confines. I have had this place on my radar for longer than I can remember and when I was planning a trip to DC, it was high on my places to visit. I wish I could say it was worth the wait. Some places outlive their usefulness and The Brick seems now to be living entirely off its reputation.

    I was quite taken aback when I entered the dingy basement bar but I have had great beers in far less inviting places in my day so did not let it interfere with my impression until I read their quite paltry draft beer list. It was in no way as interesting as Pizzeria Birria's. We nearly got up and left but I figured we came all this way so we may as well have a beer. Doreen got Unibroue's Ephemere, an apple flavored Belgian style wit beer that we both love. It was $7.95 for a goblet which is not cheap but this is DC and it is a beer we had not seen on tap since being in the Quebec brewery some years ago. With many of the draft beers imports, I opted for a barley wine from Lagunitas Brewery which was a dark amber with huge hop presence to ward off easily the massive malt palate. This was in a 12 oz tumbler glass for $7.50 but at least it was a strong beer made for sipping.

    We did not get any food as we had just eaten dinner but the menu was typical pub fare. It is highly unlikely I'll ever be back to sample it as there are too many other great places in the DC area still forging their reputations.

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    Brickskeller: A Beer (or Ten) for Everyone

    by moirholj Written Oct 3, 2004

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    Hey, if you like beer and you're into tasting new kinds from around the world... clearly this is your place. Although the building looks a bit like a hotel from the outside (complete with red carpet steps and large red awning) the Brickskeller actually resides in the basement level. Down the stairs you go into a subterranian beer heaven. They have over 1,000 beers to choose from and the numbers keep rising. The basement level atmosphere is comfortable and cozy... a prefect area to relax and sip beers you have never had, and might never have again. Want to make a night out of it? Go to the Brickskeller for beer AND dinner. They describe their menu as being "hefty, hot and hearty". When I was there I had one of their big burgers and it didn't disappoint. But come on, are we really grading them on their food? Hello! Over 1,000 beers here... pull up a seat and tip one back!

    Dress Code: Casual all the way.

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    Bring A Tripod Cafe: the best things in life are free

    by richiecdisc Updated Apr 25, 2010

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    While there are countless places to grab a drink in DC, if you only have one night in this town, you should spend it enjoying the National Monuments. They are very well lit and it makes for a great chance at grabbing great pictures. This can be handy if you have poor weather and your day time shots are not up to par. Even though that was not the case for us, we still did one nighttime shoot and as you can see, it's well worth the effort. Bring a tripod for best results.

    Dress Code: Dress warmly if it's outside the summer months as it can get chilly once the sun goes down.

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    The Brickskeller

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Apr 7, 2006

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    The Brickskeller is one of the most, if not the most, well know Beer Bar in Washignton DC. It is my favorite place to drink beer, but it can also get to be a little expensive since their beers are hard to find. The hold several awards, including the Guiness World Record for most beers sold. It has an Upstairs Bar with plenty of sitting room, and a more cozy downstairs. There are no TV's in either the upstairs or the downstairs bar, this is a strictly beer drinking bar.....I am so glad is 50 seconds away from my apartment. They also have a food menu which includes a great cheese board, pirogues, and buffalo burgers.

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    Capitol Steps

    by GentleSpirit Written Dec 29, 2011

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    Once you have done your sightseeing for the day, one of the truly fun things to do in Washington is see the political satire troupe, The Capitol Steps. It might seem strange, here in Washington we are surrounded by politics every day of the year, so you might think it would be the last thing most people want to be exposed to. This group, which was formed by some former Capitol Hill staffers, is great because it pokes fun at both parties and they don't hold back. It's fun, funny and a great way to spend a couple of hours. This will definitely help you to take the whole political scene here a little less seriously.

    Some examples of their skits
    Love Potion 9-9-9 (Herman Cain)
    3 little wives of Newt (Newt Gingrich)
    Working 9 to 10 (Ronald Reagan)

    You can see them every Friday and Saturday night at the Reagan Building at 730pm.

    Dress Code: casual

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    Cafe Saint EX

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Apr 7, 2006

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    This is one of my favorite bars in DC. It is a very hip, and fashionable bar. Some great DJ's spin nightly downstairs. Their Menu and food is extensive, and their beer selection is out of this world. There is a bar upstairs with sitting room for lunch or dinners, while the downstairs is a little more laid back. The downstairs has comfortable couches, the DJ booth, a Bar, and TV's. In the summer time you can also seat outside.

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    K Street Lounge

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    K Street Lounge is one of the three hottest lounges in DC right now. It specializes in bottle service for individual tables. There are serveral VIP areas, and a main bar area. There is not much of a dance floor, instead, everyone just simply dances all over the place. Fun, and expensive at times.

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    Dragonfly Sushibar

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Apr 28, 2006

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    Dragonfly is an ultra slick Sushi Bar with white decor....as a matter of fact, even the bus boys are dressed in white over alls. I have never eating here, but I heard the sushi is pretty decent. It has two floors. The first floor has a bar, dinning tables and a DJ booth. The secong floor has couches and sitting space, a bar and a DJ booth next to the window. The music is pretty decent.

    Dress Code: Dress nice

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    PLAY

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Apr 28, 2006

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    PLAY is one of hottest if not the hottest lounge in Washington DC. It has smooth design and bright colors such as orange and yellow. Table Service is available. There is a DJ that plays next to the main door, a main bar area, and a unisex bathroom. This place gets very packed, and if you are not on the guest list you may have a hard time walking in.

    Dress Code: Dress to impress

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    SPANK

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Apr 28, 2006

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    Spank is the upstairs lounge at Club MCCXXIII (1223). There is plenty of sitting room if you get table service, ussually anywhere between $250 and $500 minimum. There are serveral bars @ Spank with a good DJ that plays sexy house.

    Dress Code: Dress very nice.

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    Sesto Senso

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated May 15, 2006

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    Sesto Senso or the Sixth Sense is a very international bar & restaurant. The food & wine is acually very good. On Friday's there is a very large international crowd with plenty of Spanish Music. It has a small upstairs level, but the majority of the people hang on the main level.

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    Chloe Nightclub

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Jul 25, 2006

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    There are many clubs in Adams Morgan, but this is without a doubt one of my favorite. The nightclub is really big and open. The first floor has a main bar area with several VIP tables, and the upstairs has two bars with all VIP tables. The tables are $500 minimum, but if you are celebrating a special occasion with friends its well worth it. It can get a little hot on the top level. It has one of the best sounds systems in DC.

    Dress Code: Dress to impress

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