10 Best Nightclubs In Washington D.C.

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The legendary nightlife of Washington D.C. absolutely spoils one for choice. Hottest of live music events, theatre, themed bars, high energy dance parties featuring top DJs - you get to choose as your mood dictates! If you are looking for a night of lively fun with fabulous music and great food plus drinks, then Washington D.C. nightclubs await you. You will find virtually every kind of nightclub here - from old world dance halls to raucous clubs with thumping music and everything in between! Plan your night out with our guide for best nightclubs in Washington D.C. and welcome an unforgettable experience.

1. Flash

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Flash has become one of the top underground destinations of the national capital. You can enjoy a range of electronic house music ranging from deep house, house to techno, with local and international headliners featuring regularly. Chill out at the Flash Bar on the ground floor admiring its camera flash-decor, or head over to the main room upstairs which comes with top-notch studio-quality audio setting and where live music acts play. Else, chill out in the open at the rooftop bar. Each of the three floors features a dancefloor and bar. A highlight is the photo booth outside the main room where you can pose for a keepsake.


Address: 645 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC

Website: Flash

Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 8pm - 3am; Fri: 8pm - 4am; Sat: 4pm - 4am; Sun: 4pm - 12am (closed on Mon & Tue)

2. Club Timehri

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Soak yourself in reggae beats at Club Timehri the highly popular Caribbean-themed bar. Warm and friendly bartenders plus a vibrant atmosphere make it a great place to let down your hair, although space is limited, and it can get packed on weekends. Groove all night long at its dance floor with DJs churn out top hits, and don’t forget to check out its signature Rum Punches.

Club Timehri

Address: 2439 18th St NW, Washington DC

Website: Club Timehri

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

3. The Park at 14th

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Listed among Washington DC’s iconic night spots, The Park at 14th offers four floors of lively vibes, chic decor and buzzing dancefloors. The bar typically plays hip hop, reggae and house Afro dance music, and the main dancing floor is on the second floor. With ample tables, scrumptious food and electrifying atmosphere, the nightclub is a great option whether you want to enjoy a superb meal or to party! Be sure to try out their popular starter, Jerk Chicken Wings with Mac N Cheese.

The Park at 14th

Address: 920 14th St NW, Washington DC

Website: The Park at 14th

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

4. Cloak & Dagger

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With a classy Victorian-themed decor, Cloak & Dagger may feel like you are stepping into a different era, but its spirited vibes are far from sedate! Spread over two floors, the bar is on the small side but nonetheless offers an intimate atmosphere. The ground floor offers a lounge setting to sit and enjoy your evening, while the upper floor is where you can dance the night away to DJs playing top hits from all seasons.

Cloak & Dagger

Address: 1359 U St NW, Washington DC

Website: Cloak & Dagger

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

5. Ziegfeld's/Secrets

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One of Washington D.C.’s landmark gay nightclubs, Ziegfeld’s/Secrets is not for everyone! This flamboyant gay club has two experiences - Ziegfeld’s at the main level features a drag show every night led by the legendary Ms. Ella Fitzgerald, while Secrets at the top floor is where you have male nude dancers. There are bars on both floors, plus one on the second floor. The music played is largely rap and hip hop and the vibe is casual and friendly.


Address: 1824 Half St SW, Washington

Website: Ziegfeld’s/Secrets

Opening hours: Thu: 9pm - 2 am; Fri - Sat: 9am - 3am (closed from Sun - Wed)

6. U Street Music Hall

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Counted among the best dance clubs of the region, this DJ-owned and operated dance club and live music venue is a no-fuss place for a night out. Located at basement level, U Street Music Hall has two floors, one with a dedicated cork-cushioned dance floor while the other an intimate space for the bands to perform. The club’s sound system is much-acclaimed winning several awards, so you’re in for a treat!.

U Street Music Hall

Address: 1115A U St. NW, Washington DC

Website: U Street Music Hall

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 7pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 7pm - 3am

7. 30

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9.30 is an award-winning celebrated live music venue that hosts some of the biggest names in music. It is however also a fun dance club where regular themed danced parties with leading DJs are held. The nightclub is spacious, with four stages and you’ll find it serves food as well. Look out for dance party announcements and book your tickets in advance as they often sell out fast.

9:30 Club

Address: 815 V St NW, Washington DC

Website: 9:30

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 7pm; Sat: 6am - 11pm; Sun: 6am - 10:30 pm

8. Zeba Bar

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A hookah lounge with a bar and a dance hall - what more do you need for a fun evening? With a neighbourhood bar vibe, Zeba Bar is friendly yet chilled out. The bottom floor is where you can order hookahs in a wide range of flavours and meals, and on the upper floor, you have the dance floor. Music ranges from hip hop to Latino beats, and there are free dance classes held on Latin nights on Wednesdays.

Zeba Bar

Address: 3423 14th Street NW, Washington DC

Website: Zeba Bar

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 5pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 3am

9. Cafe Citron

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Get the Latin American dance club experience with the highly popular nightspot Cafe Citron. By day its a Latin American restaurant but it changes into three floors of buzzing fun and dancing in the evening. The music you find here is a Latin house and pop along with hip hop and reggaeton numbers. Several times a week free salsa and bachata classes are held for those who want to learn to dance to the beats!

Cafe Citron

Address: 1343 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC

Website: Cafe Citron

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 7pm - 2am; Wed - Thu: 5pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 3am (closed on Sun)

10. DC9 Nightclub

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For a laidback evening with awesome food and music, head to DC9 Nightclub. Spread over three floors, this nightclub has enough space and flexibility so you can decide how you want to spend the evening. The ground floor has a full bar plus booths while the second floor has the performance stage and dance floor, and finally, the highly popular rooftop which is perfect for a relaxing evening. DC9 frequently hosts concerts across music genres and invites top DJs for themed dance parties so remember to look up their schedule.

DC9 Nightclub

Address: 1940 9th St NW, Washington DC

Website: DC9 Nightclub

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 2am; Fri: 4pm - 3am; Sat: 2pm - 3am; Sun: 2pm - 2am

A feast of choice

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Several neighbourhoods in Washington D.C. have become hotspots featuring the trendiest and coolest nightclubs and bars. Some of the top areas to explore are Adams Morgan, U Street, Dupont Circle and Georgetown. To sample the city’s unmissable nightlife, get started with our list of best nightclubs in Washington D.C.!

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