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4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Hot messes. from freshman to junior year before I buckled down.

College Freshman

Nightlife: Surprise! I'm a college student that does NOT drink. I spend my nightlife in the city either at clubs (legally) or just touring the Capitol.

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of fun things to do off campus, but all the on campus parties are just vomit-fests or chastity balls nothing in between

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: On campus, nightlife is pretty much horrible. A few sports houses will throw parties but they not only make girls pay but also get busted by police at around twelve o'clock. The bars and clubs in DC and Maryland, however, are incredibly fun and really convenient to get to by metro. Usually we stay out later than the metro's open, so it's usually necissary to get a cab back, which isn't hard.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: cua is very far from everything 20-30 mins


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  • 270th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 409th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1104th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Frankie Bustamante
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Simply stated: There is always a party at Catholic University of America. Whether students are trying to throw a sneaky party in a dorm room or are making their way by the dozens to the many bars and clubs D.C. has to offer, the bottom line is that you can tell the weekend has arrived when CUA kids are stumbling around. And the weekend really starts on Thursday here. The funny thing is that the widely-held perception about Catholic University is that everyone is a prude. And while there is a large group of students who prefer not to drink under any circumstances, those who do drink really make their presence known.

It is hard to find a bar or club without a Catholic University student downing a shot of something or tearing up the dance floor. And thanks to the vast nightlife in D.C., the possibilities for nighttime entertainment are limitless, whether students are 21 or not. So if you are looking for a party, look toward CUA. After all, the school is predominantly students with Irish Catholic backgrounds.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Brookland
  • Capitol Hill
  • Chinatown
  • Dupont Circle
  • Georgetown
Other Places to Check Out
Kelly's Irish Times
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Flip Cup
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Word of mouth
Closing Time
2 a.m.–3 a.m.
Organization Parties
The College Democrats and College Republicans throw holiday and end-of-the-year parties, which tend to have a good turnout from members and non-members alike. One could even spot some GOPs at a College Democrats party.
Did You Know?
Some places are open until 3 a.m. on weekends, but the Metro closes at 2 a.m., so plan ahead if you want to stay out late.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Nightclub 9:30 (or 9:30 Club)

The 9:30 Club is deeply rooted in history. First opening in 1980, the club hosted great musicians, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, the Police, Bob Dylan, Chuck Brown, Smashing Pumpkins, and more. Awarded four times as "Nightclub of the Year" by Pollstar, the 9:30 Club blends a nightclub atmosphere with a concert venue.

815 V St. NW

U Street Metro stop

(202) 393-0930

Fur Night Club

Fur is an exceptional nightclub in Northeast D.C., with its 30-foot high ceiling, pulsating mainstream music, dynamic lighting system, and private chic lounges. Fur fits the needs of the most hardcore clubber to the occasional partier.

33 Patterson St. NE

New York-Florida Ave. Metro stop

(202) 842-3401

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

My Brother's Place

As a CUA alumni-owned bar, My Brother's Place, or just "Brother's," is a natural hangout for CUA students, among many others. Students especially take advantage of Saturdays' $15 all-you-can-drink draft beer.

237 Second St. NW

Judiciary Square Metro stop

(202) 347-1350

Madam's Organ Blues Bar

One of the many bars in Adams Morgan, Madam's Organ is a cool, bluesy place to drink and be merry, with live music seven nights a week, an eclectic soul food menu, and the typical bar atmosphere for all to enjoy, including pool tables, karaoke, and an open roof deck. And remember, redheads always drink half price.

2461 18th St. NW

Adams Morgan Metro stop

(202) 667-5370

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Queen's Café

A favorite among D.C. college kids is the trendy and relaxing hookah smoking, a Middle Eastern practice. With varying venue options, students can smoke different flavored hookahs while feasting on an array of Arab food.

2405 18th St. NW

Adams Morgan

(202) 629-8924

Prince Café

A hookah bar with Middle Eastern music.

3205 Prospect St. NW


(202) 625-6400

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 83% Public transportation.
  • 12% Taxis.
  • 4% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% Parties? What parties?
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 33% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 46% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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