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1. Cafe Asia1720 I St NW, Washington
2. Sign of the Whale1825 M St NW, Washington
3. Madam's Organ2461 18th St NW, Washington
4. Rumors1900 M St NW, Washington
5. Cafe Saint-Ex1847 14th Street NW , Washington
6. Smith Point1338 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington
7. Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar1104 H St NE, Washington
8. Public Bar1214 18th St NW, Washington
9. Local 161602 U St NW, Washington
10. Lucky Bar1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
11. The Wonderland Ballroom1101 Kenyon St NW, Washington
12. McFadden's2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington
Cafe Asia is serving up cheap sushi during the day, transitioning (via a $4 sake happy hour) into a bottle-service-and-foam-party kind of spot by night.
Sign of the Whale is your home for nine dollar cocktail pitchers, killer happy hours, and a Sunday brunch with $10 bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys.
This rowdy four-floor D.C. bar maintains the motto, "Where the Beautiful People Go to Get Ugly" -- locals will tell you that the statement holds. Known for the throngs of lively college kids stumbling in and out of its entryways until 3 am, this Adams Morgan spot is a fantastically irreverent crowd favorite. The bar has everything from a year-round roof deck, to live music, trivia, and "Drunkeoke" (it's exactly what you think). Stationed right in the heart of trendy Adams Morgan, Madam's serves a number of sandwiches and bar snacks, along with a full list of soul food entrees -- but it seems that drinking is the preferred means of consumption. The house cocktail menu is impressive, and upon request, the bartenders will top any drink off with a shot of red bull. So, whether searching for soul food and live blues, or 22-year-olds taking tequila shots while belting Christina Aguilera songs, Madam's Organ is certainly the place.
Rumors is a great spot for many occasions -- come to grab a bite and a beer while you watch the game, sit down for a lobster or steak dinner at an awesome price, or stick around for drinks and dancing on the weekend when the place turns into a party!
Named for aviator/ author of The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Cafe Saint-Ex also holds a dual identity. Upstairs is a classy cafe where you can enjoy delicious offerings like Sriracha Chicken Liver Mousse or Slow Roasted Pork Belly, while downstairs a dance party awaits your full-stomached dancing (wait 30 minutes!).
With somewhat of a reputation for a preppy contingent, Smith Point will please anyone who's looking for a fun time -- with mixed drinks served in big plastic cups, an awesome courtyard, and a continuous sweaty dance party.
Bathed in the violet glow of black lights and serving up an adult slushy called "Awesomeness", Little Miss Whiskey's is a New Orleans-themed haunt with a sticky floor and a good heart. Keep it a little more relaxed downstairs or head up a floor to a DJ-fueled dance party.
Public Bar is the place you can go to catch hard-to-find sporting events on TV -- with a screen built into individual booths you can choose what you want to watch. Sip on some cheap beers, snack on some delicious wings, and watch the downstairs areas turn into a big dance party as the night wears on. If that's not your scene, head right upstairs and enjoy the all-weather roof deck.
A sweet rooftop, a $20 bottomless brunch (unlimited mimosas, bellinis, and bloody Marys), and awesome dance parties make Local 16 a smart call at any time of day.
A great bar to watch football (meaning soccer) or football (meaning football) or whatever sport you like (so long as it's not too busy) on one of their 22 screens while sipping on a reasonably priced brew or enjoying some standard pub fare.
The Wonderland Ballroom does a little of everything -- they have killer brunch and dinner menus stacked with awesomeness like Mac 'n Cheese Pancakes and fried pickles, they've got a great beer selection, a trivia night on Mondays, and their dance floor is renowned for it's reliably high and positive energy.
Not too far down the road from The White House, McFadden's is in the perfect location to hold specials like WTF Tuesdays ($1 cans, $2 drafts, and $5 bombs). Come in any day for cheap drinks, some dancing, and a good time.