Dupont Circle & Kalorama drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Bar Charley

Bar Charley draws a mixed crowd from the neighborhood – young, old, gay and straight. They come for groovy cocktails sloshing in vintage glassware and ceramic tiki mugs, served at very reasonable prices by DC standa…
Top Choice Bar in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Board Room

Grab a table, pull up a stool and crush your opponent at Hungry Hungry Hippos. Or cozy up to a serious game of Scrabble. Board Room lets you flash back to childhood via stacks of board games (Battleship, Risk, Opera…
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Firefly Bar

Firefly is a restaurant first – the Hotel Madera’s restaurant, to be precise – but we’re not listing it for those merits. We can say it’s one of the coolest bars in Dupont, decked out with its surreal, magically hap…
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18th Street Lounge

Chandeliers, velvet sofas, antique wallpaper and a ridiculously good-looking, dance-loving crowd adorn this multifloored mansion. The DJs – spinning funk, soul and house – are phenomenal, which is not surprising giv…
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Cafe Citron

Cafe Citron is one of DC’s most popular Latin-music clubs (in fairness, it plays everything, but the focus is on salsa, bachata et al). Girls dance, guys watch; the hours tick on. Late night it morphs into an all-da…
Gay in Dupont Circle & Kalorama


Button-down shirts are de rigueur at this gay hangout frequented by the 20- and 30-something, work-hard-and-play-hard set. Some DC residents claim that the crowd here epitomizes the conservative nature of the capita…
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Bier Baron Tavern

Enter the Bier Baron's underground lair and prepare your liver for an onslaught of brews. The dark, dingy, pubby bar taps 50 different beers – emphasis on local and unusual craft suds – and offers 500 more bottled b…
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Russia House

Russophiles flock to this faded but elegant Dupont gem, with its brassy chandeliers, candlelit chambers and stupefying vodka selection. It’s a great spot for conversation and caviar – or heartier Continental classic…
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Larry's Lounge

An agreeably worn neighborhood joint, Larry's is known for its potently boozy drinks, dog-friendly patio and big windows perfect for people-watching. It's a gay bar, but plenty of straight patrons settle in to take …
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Tabard Inn Bar

The Tabard Inn Bar is in a hotel, but plenty of locals come to swirl an old-fashioned or gin and tonic in the wood-beamed, lodge-like lounge. On warm nights, maneuver for an outdoor table on the ivy-clad patio.