Top 10 Hip Hop Bars & Clubs In Washington DC

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The capital of the United States of America, Washington DC is a remarkable metropolis that nests beside Virginia and Maryland. It is famous for its marvelous neoclassical architectures and iconic monuments that tourists love to take souvenir pictures of. Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial are some of the most visited attractions in the capital city. Additionally, you’ll find United States Capitol in Washington, which is the home of the U.S. legislature. It also features a number of amazing Vrbo vacation rentals and hotels with free parking to accommodate travelers who wish to enjoy the city for a few days. Further, the city has lots to offer to people who dare explore it. It has upscale retail stores, vibrant shopping districts, fantastic recreational areas, and a multitude of excellent restaurants, bars, and clubs. If you are a hardcore social butterfly and want to dip into the party scene of this place, here is a list of the top hip hop bars and clubs in Washington DC. Feel free to browse below.

1. Bliss Nightclub

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Washington DC is not only a city known for marvelous landmarks but also a metropolis that boasts luxurious offerings, especially a vibrant nightlife. To dip into the party scene of the U.S. capital, you might want to swing by Bliss Nightclub on your visit to the city. This colossal hangout showcases a modern interior design with sleek accents and dazzling lights. It has several dancefloors where partygoers can show off their dancing skills with live music playing in the background. Guest DJs and performers are featured in Bliss Nightclub to provide entertainment, which is mostly R&B, rap, and hip hop.

Bliss Nightclub

Address: 2122 24th Pl NE, Washington, DC 20018, United States

Website: Bliss Nightclub

Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 10pm - 3am (closed on Mon - Thu)

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2. Club Timehri

If you’re looking for some fun things to do, here is another fantastic club where you can unleash your inner social butterfly while gorging on tasty small bites and drinking cocktail mixes. Club Timehri boasts a stylish interior design with lots of graffiti art and colorful laser lights. Popular among people who like chill music, Club Timehri is known for its soothing reggae music that will make you feel like you are partying in the Carribean. Hip hop lovers and hardcore ravers can still have the time of their life here, as the club also features hip hop music, dancehall, and other upbeat sounds.

Club Timehri

Address: 2439 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Website: Club Timehri

Opening hours: Sun - Mon & Wed - Thu: 9pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 9pm - 3am (closed on Tue)

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3. Eighteenth Street Lounge

Take Washington DC by storm and make the most of your vacation in the capital city by going on a bar-hopping adventure. One fantastic stop is Eighteenth Street Lounge, a few blocks away from Club Timehri. This charming bar is a townhouse turned hangout and it is also one of the best places to groove. It aims to provide a haven where partygoers can socialize intimately or indulge in hardcore raving. The furniture here is mostly antique, and the lighting has romantic feels to it, with some areas illuminated by candles. This exceptional bar plays all types of music that are popular among socialites, including hip hop, R&B, acoustic, and other genres.

Eighteenth Street Lounge

Address: 1212 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

Website: Eighteenth Street Lounge

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 5pm - 2am; Fri: 5pm - 3am; Sat: 9pm - 3am; Sun: 9pm - 2am (closed on Mon)

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4. Pure Lounge

Need more suggestions for your upcoming bar-hopping escapade in Washington DC? You might want to include Pure Lounge in your long list of places to check out. Pure Lounge is a hip and chic bar and club that has sophisticated decor and a lively vibe. Aside from an extensive menu of delicious eats and a myriad of drink choices, Pure Lounge provides quality entertainment through skilled DJs. Plus, if you want a more intimate setting, the second floor makes for a cozier hangout compared to the first-floor party scene.

Pure Lounge

Address: 1326 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Website: Pure Lounge

Opening hours: Sun & Tue - Thu: 6pm - 2am; Fri: 6pm - 3am; Sat: 9pm - 3am (closed on Mon)

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Washington Tour Guide

Annie Leguennec

Annie Leguennec

My name is Annie. I am a local Tour guide based in Philadelphia enjoying fully what the city has to offer with its deep history, street arts, murals, architecture, traditional food, black history, Farmer Markets, green space, a melting pot of neighborhoods and its great locals. I am looking for to welcome you and show you this incredible city where you will gain a better understanding of the city's rich heritage and its continuing legacy as the birthplace of the United States of America. Book my tour. Explore and learn about this unique city where you will walk on the footsteps of our America's founding Fathers. My tours are conducted in English, French and Italian.

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Stephanie Eley

Stephanie Eley

I'm a graduate of ITMI, International Tour Management Institute and 17 years as a licensed Tour Director and Program Director. My expertise began in NYC and Washington, DC where I'm a licensed guide and has expanded to Europe, South America, Cuba and the Western / Southwestern National Parks of the US. I'd love to introduce you for a day or a week to Denver, Colorado and the 4 corners region of the US: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona! Let's GO!!

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5. Rosebar Lounge

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Ideal for all types of partygoers, Rosebar Lounge offers various chill spots within its modern property. It has a dancefloor where guests can party all night and sway to their favorite music, a bar area with a more intimate setting, a cozy lounge area for private parties, and a terrace with a delightful laid-back ambiance. The place charms different crowds with its diverse offerings. In addition, the food and wide selection of drinks at Rosebar Lounge are more reasons to check it out. Plus, the venue holds high-energy events, day and night, with guest DJs and performers, for everyone to participate in.

Rosebar Lounge

Address: 1215 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

Website: Rosebar Lounge

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 10pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 10pm - 3am; Mon: 11pm - 2am (closed on Sun)

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6. Decades DC

Decades DC is a marvelous club that is a throwback haven for the ‘80s and '90s kids. Its interior design is retro-inspired, and the lighting will take you back to the good old days when hoop earrings and tights were big on parties. Even the music compliments Decades DC’s theme, with mostly '80s and '90s music featured, from various genres. On top of these, the fabulous club can accommodate lots of guests as it boasts three stories. Surely, your bar-hopping experience in DC will not be complete without checking out Decades DC.

Decades DC

Address: 1219 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

Website: Decades DC

Opening hours: Thu: 10pm - 2am; Fri: 10pm - 3am; Sat: 9pm - 3am; Sun: 4pm - 2am (closed on Mon - Wed)

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7. Soundcheck

If you are the type of partygoer who likes dancing to the sound of high-energy hip hop music, played by professional DJs, Soundcheck will surely impress you. Aside from hip hop, its resident DJs also play Latin, trance, techno, and house music to make your night even more fun. This upscale club boasts a spacious hangout with a rest area where you can just chill, right at the back of the club. On top of that, this spectacular club is known for featuring the most renowned EDM talents every week. So you might want to plan your visit to catch an unforgettable set.


Address: 1420 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

Website: Soundcheck

Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 10pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 1pm - 3am (closed on Sun - Tue)

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8. Ultrabar

Make your bor-hopping escapade in Washington DC even more unforgettable through swinging by Ultrabar. Ultrabar is an exceptional high-energy hangout with multi-level lounge areas and a spacious dancefloor, where guests can dance to their hearts’ content as professional DJs provide upbeat music—from hip hop to rock, rap, techno, and other genres. Plus, bottle service is charged reasonably. On top of these, the place has rooms and lounges that are available for your special events—somewhere you can bond intimately without too much noise from the party scene.


Address: 911 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States

Website: Ultrabar

Opening hours: Fri: 10pm - 3am; Sat: 9:30pm - 3am (closed on Sun - Thu)

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9. The Park at 14th

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The Park at 14th is more than just a modern bar. It is also an exquisite restaurant that offers delicious comfort food and a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. The place features a charming interior design with majestic chandeliers that float on the ceiling. Perfect for all types of guests, The Park at 14th provides music for an elevated social experience. R&B and hip hop are the most common genres that are featured here. Furthermore, the staff is professional and happy to be of assistance all throughout your stay.

The Park at 14th

Address: 920 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

Website: The Park at 14th

Opening hours: Thu: 5pm - 2am; Fri: 5pm - 3am; Sat: 3pm - 3am; Sun: 1pm - 9pm (closed on Mon - Wed)

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10. Lounge of Three

The last but definitely not the least of amazing hip hop bars that you must check out in Washington DC is Lounge of Three. It is a lovely two-level hangout. The first floor is where the party scene is, and it features DJs who spin upbeat hip hop and R&B sounds. The second floor exudes a cozier atmosphere, ideal for guests who are not a big fan of loud music. Aside from music and entertainment, Lounge of Three serves delicious pub grub that makes a wonderful pair for your alcoholic drinks.

Lounge of Three

Address: 1013 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Website: Lounge of Three

Opening hours: Tue - Thu & Sun: 5pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 3am (closed on Mon)

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Have fun bar-hopping in Washington DC

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Washington DC is a stunning city and the official capital of the United States. It is famed for its iconic landmarks, fascinating architecture, luxurious offerings, and a myriad of exquisite restaurants. Not only that, but it boasts a vibrant nightlife and is home to lots of clubs and bars where locals and tourists alike can socialize, sway to good music, gorge on hearty plates, and drink premium cocktails. These include romantic rooftop bars and hotel bars, make time to check out each one. If you are planning to take the city by storm and go on an unforgettable bar-hopping escapade, use this list as your guide in drafting an itinerary.

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