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College Junior

Party Scene: I don't party very much so I don't really know.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frats are gross but usually apartment parties are really chill.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene is great if you look for it! Make friends with guys in different frats and find where you have the most fun. They buy tables at clubs and a lot of AU students go, so those nights are really fun too.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It can be sketchy at times depending on the frat whose party you go to, but if you go with friends it can be fun. Girls usually don't have to pay, sometimes guys pay $5 at the door. Not all students party, and you can find a friend group that doesn't, or simply go and not drink.

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College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't really go out to party.


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D.C. nightlife is active and exciting enough to wear the most energetic students out. Students will never run out of places to explore when it comes to clubbing and bar hopping. The most interesting places require only a short Metro ride, though there are some spots in Tenleytown for AU students. Clubs will usually admit 18-year-olds, but there are a number of spots that are strictly 21-and-up. 

Welcome Week is probably the most fun for nightlife around campus. There are open fraternity parties every night, so take advantage. These parties are a lot of fun and great places to meet people or go with new friends. Later in the semester, a lot of parties become closed admission. Those who aren’t big on dancing and drinking can keep themselves amused, too. Movie theaters, comedy clubs, shows, and concerts abound, as do restaurants and coffeehouses. It is impossible to be bored in the vibrant city of D.C.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Adams Morgan
  • Dupont Circle
  • U Street
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Barking Dog
  • Black Cat
  • Bravo! Bravo!
  • Café Citron
  • The Dancing Crab
  • Eighteenth Street Lounge
  • ESPN Zone
  • Front Page
  • Grand Central
  • Guapo's Restaurant
  • Lotus
  • Madhatter
  • Malt Shop
  • Midtown
  • Murphy's
  • Nanny O'Briens
  • Old Glory
  • Prince Café
  • The Reserve
  • Shadow Room
  • Teaism
  • The Zoo Bar Café
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Century club
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Recessions Lounge
Organization Parties
Fraternity and sorority parties make up much of the scene for underclassmen, but they are not the iconic frat parties you'll see in the movies. AU organizations don't have houses and may only have a floor in a residence hall. Parties are held off campus in private houses.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Music at Love includes international, hip-hop, and dance; dress is upscale, and the club features several levels, a diverse crowd, and often has theme nights throughout the week.

1350 Okie St. NE

Washington, D.C.

(202) 636-9030


FUR has three rooms-the main room or "the arena," a martini lounge, a mafia room, and the mink lounge. Dress sophisticated and chic-there is a dress code.

33 Patterson St. NE

Washington, D.C.

(202) 842-3401

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Madam's Organ

One of Adams Morgan's most popular bars, Madam's has cheap drinks, food, pool tables, live music, and a hip, laid-back attitude.

2461 18 St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 667-5370

The Improv

The Improv has stand-up comedy acts that attract big-name stars to perform-popular with college students and young people, with lots of good appetizers and a two-drink minimum.

1140 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 296-7008

Marx Café

This spot attracts young hipsters with its Communist décor, reggae and Spanish rock music, and great tapas.

3203 Mount Pleasant St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 518-7600

Recessions Lounge

Recessions is a very cheap downtown bar in the basement of the Commerce Building-a great after-work spot. Features nightly drink specials and cheap food.

1823 L St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 296-6686

Pure Lounge

1326 U St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 290-7058


Located in Dupont Circle, Apex is a popular destination among AU students. Apex is the longest-running gay dance club in the district.

1415 22nd St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 296-0505

9:30 Club

The 9:30 Club is one of the best venues around to see some of the biggest up-and-coming artists perform.

815 V St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 265-0930


Asylum features industrial/metal music, cheap beer, and great burgers and fries.

2471 18 St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 319-9353

Heaven and Hell

A popular college dance spot, Heaven has an `80s night and techno music, and Hell has a more low-key bar scene with theme drinks like the red-hot 666 shot.

2327 18 St. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 667-4355

Hawk and Dove

Attracts Capitol Hill staffers and military types; H&D has six rooms, a dance floor, and late-night breakfast and food specials.

329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Washington, D.C.

(202) 543-3300

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

DC Improv

Many bars and clubs, especially in Dupont Circle, are 18-and-up, so even younger students can have a good time out in the city. DC Improv shows are open to those 18-and-up.

1140 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 296-7008

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 30 responses

  • 14% Phi Sigma Kappa or Pike Fraternities
  • 14% The Berks
  • 12% Any of the fraternities
  • 10% Clubs
  • 9% Local clubs hosted by frats
  • 7% Rugby House
  • 7% Frisbee House
  • 7% Georgetown
  • 4% Zeta Psi
  • 4% EI (not technically a frat)
  • 1% Alpha Sig
  • 1% George Washington
  • 1% ITs online
  • 1% Sammy
  • 1% Local clubs
  • 1% Aepi
  • 1% Apartment parties

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 0% Thursday
  • 68% Friday
  • 27% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 91 responses

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

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 82 responses

  • 6% Walk.
  • 15% Taxis.
  • 65% Public transportation.
  • 11% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 4% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% There are no good options.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 31 responses

  • 60% Welcome Week!
  • 17% Halloween
  • 10% Founder's Day
  • 7% Sig Ep Bid Party
  • 7% Homecoming

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 101 responses

  • 3% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 29% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 55% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 7% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 6% Parties? What parties?
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