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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Its decent, but definitely not the typical college party scene. Definitely sacrifice socially for the academics. That being said, it is not a non-existent social scene, just smaller than typical.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Plenty of shops and places to eat. The pubs have great happy hours and affordable beers.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always a variety of things available. There are always parties on weekends, school-sanctioned functions, or many things to do in the city.

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College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't have time for parties and am not old enough for the bar scene.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife is good. Most of it is on campus though.

1 person found this useful Report

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  • 118th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1259th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1274th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Lundy
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
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Hoyas are generous with their praise for the local club and bar scene. Every student has his or her favorite spot in Georgetown itself, but some of the most hallowed partying grounds in the city lie a mile east, in the neighborhood of Adams Morgan, the closest thing D.C. has to its own Bourbon Street. Georgetown students report general satisfaction with the variety of bars and clubs, noting that there are night spots to fit most any mood (unless you’re under 21, in which case the options become somewhat more limited). The only universal complaint is that it is expensive to go out anywhere in D.C., but especially in Georgetown. Fortunately, on-campus parties are frequent and free. Indeed, it is true: If you like to drink in crowded public places, Georgetown might just be the school for you. It seems that more than half of the freshman class arrives on campus with fake IDs, and most of the rest pick them up before October. Not that this is a foolproof plan: Everyone at Georgetown knows somebody who has had to spend the night in D.C. jail for getting caught with a fake.

The best bars are those that are hardest on the fakes, so every student waits patiently to climb the ladder toward entrance at the strictest of bars: the Tombs. Younger students can expect to spend their years waiting for this day in crowded, hot, and sweaty bars along M Street and in Adams Morgan. A final note—many Georgetown students don’t realize how lucky they are that nobody charges for house parties on campus; it’s a sort of unwritten rule that upperclassmen are expected to throw free parties for whomever wants to show up. The downside of this system is that campus parties are notoriously overcrowded.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Adams Morgan
  • Dupont Circle
  • M Street
  • Wisconsin Avenue
Other Places to Check Out
  • Blues Alley
  • Booeymonger
  • CafĂ© Milano
  • Cities Restaurant & Lounge
  • Degrees Bar & Lounge
  • The Dubliner Restaurant
  • Firefly
  • Lima Restaurant
  • Lucky Bar
  • The Reef
  • Shadow Room
  • Tackle Box
  • Town Tavern
  • Zola
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beirut (beer pong)
  • Flip cup
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Tombs
Organization Parties
Because Georgetown has no Greek life, the best parties are usually hosted by clubs or other organizations. The most notorious groups are the Jewish fraternity or the B-Frat, and the most fun are usually thrown by IRC (International Relations Club).

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Modern is an upscale 21-and-over club that features DJs who play different music depending on the theme for the night. They cover everything from hip-hop and reggae to pop.

3287 M St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 338-7027

Ultrabar Nightclub

There are five distinct floors, six full-service bars, four DJ booths, and 26 exclusive tables.

911 F St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 638-4663


This is a club that features mostly hip-hop and rap music, and it sometimes hosts famous artists live. It features four floors and decks, VIP rooms, and a penthouse suite.

1350 Okie St. NE

Washington, D.C.

(202) 746-1736

9:30 Club

The 9:30 club is both a nightclub and a music venue, featuring some of the biggest names in the music business, as well as up-and-coming local bands.

815 V St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 265-0930


While this place is known for sushi, it has a vibrant atmosphere conducive for socializing and drinking.

1215 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 955-5525

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Third Edition

Third Edition is a local hangout, especially during big sports games. On the weekends, its upstairs becomes a club scene, with a DJ spinning music. The main bar of Third Edition was featured in "St. Elmo's Fire."

1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 333-3700

The Tombs

Georgetown students' favorite bar, The Tombs is one of the best food and bar options in the area. The Tombs is always busy, so be prepared to wait. And don't expect a fake ID to work here-they are well aware of the college scene.

1226 36th St.

Washington, D.C.

(202) 337-6668

Rhino Bar & Pumphouse

This is the second-most popular bar among Georgetown students, located close to campus on M Street. It has several flat-screen TVs and fully supports the Hoyas on game day.

3295 M St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 333-3450


Chadwick's is both an eatery and a bar, but remember that its main function is a bar, and the quality of the food isn't the best.

3205 K St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 333-2565


In addition to a bar, this place offers great food.

2915 M St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 965-2350

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 49 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 10% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 22% Public transportation.
  • 31% Taxis.
  • 37% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 51 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 49 responses

  • 4% Parties? What parties?
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 22% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 65% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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