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5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: DC is seriously the best for nightlife! I love it. Some of the most fun I have ever had. There is a variety of places to go to and I have never had a bad experience with them.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: I don't live on campus so I'm not really sure what happens, but I can assume that it is a decent party scene because of the DC location

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The city has a lot to offer but GW doesn't. There aren't a lot of campus parties so if you're into that, kickbacks with your friends would probably be a better bet. Thursdays and Saturdays are the nights to go out. Almost nobody goes out of a Friday which is really weird.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties on campus are not very good. Don't expect much. Greek life holds almost all on-campus parties.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The party scene is big at GW. There's a lot of various - groups that go to clubs, groups that party in frats, groups that have dorm/house parties, etc. Once you're 21 (or have a fake), there are diverse bars close by. There is something for everyone.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Because GW is located in the city, off-campus bars are often as much a part of the social scene as on-campus parties are. Party nights are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. GW traditionally has offered few Friday classes, so students go out late on Thursday evening. Many students frequent a local bar—Lindy’s and Front Page are good choices—around 5 or 6 p.m. for specially priced drinks. After a little happy houring, students usually go home and rest, then get ready for a night of bar or club hopping around 11 p.m. Freshman year, most students go to frat parties or other on-campus get-togethers on weekends. Freshmen also go to clubs because most allow students ages 18 or older.

Nightlife in Washington is fantastic, with so many clubs and bars to explore that cater to different people’s preferences. GW students tend to frequent the same bars, which means students see other students wherever they go. The edge of Dupont Circle is one of the most popular areas for GW students to hang out and bar hop. For students not interested in the bar or club scene, there are other options. Hit up a friend’s apartment party, take in a show, go to a movie or jazz club, hang out at a coffee bar—the possibilities are endless. Washington offers top-notch nightlife, whether you’re looking for a loud bar or a late-night music fest.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Adams Morgan
  • Area adjacent to campus
  • Dupont Circle
  • Georgetown
Student Favorites
  • Café Japone
  • Café Japone
  • Hawk `n' Dove
  • McFadden's
Other Places to Check Out
  • 51st State
  • Adams Mill
  • Babylon
  • Brass Monkey
  • Eye Bar
  • Ghana Café
  • The Guards
  • Helix
  • Lindy's Red Lion
  • Madam's Organ
  • My Brother's Place
  • The Reef
  • Singapore Bistro
  • Tonic at Quigley's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games, especially Kings
  • Flip cup
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • City Paper
  • Floors of Thurston Hall
  • Time Out Guide to Washington DC
  • The Washington Post
  • The Washingtonian
Closing Time
2 a.m. in general 3 a.m. in Adams Morgan
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Front Page
Organization Parties
Fraternities often throw parties in their houses, or at off-campus locations if they do not have houses. Most frats and some other groups also host parties occasionally at clubs, and these events are promoted throughout the week.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Fur Nightclub

Very popular especially in the very first weeks of the fall semester, Fur has a little bit of everything. Numerous bars and lounge areas compliment an enormous dance floor that brings in big-name DJs for late-night dancing.

33 Patterson St., NE

(202) 842-3401


This gay club/bar is very popular among the gay community at GW, offering multiple bars, a huge dance floor, drag shows, and weekly karaoke.

1415 22nd St., NW

(202) 296-0505


Andalu plays a lot of house, trance, and international music, creating a different vibe from most clubs and bars around. Catering to a mostly European crowd, Andalu attracts GW students because of its dark atmosphere and interesting clientele. Drinks are expensive, people dress well, and you are likely to hear several languages being spoken. Andalu is a nice change from GW's scene.

1214 18th St. NW

Dupont Circle

(202) 785-2922

Bravo Bravo

Bravo Bravo is a huge, primarily Latin club popular enough to have been around for years (not too common when it comes to DC clubs). On weekends, when Bravo is open until 4 a.m., expect to find it packed pretty much all night. As with most major DC clubs, don't show up looking like you just rolled out of bed.

1001 Connecticut Ave. NW

Dupont Circle

(202) 223-5330

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Café Japone

Japone offers a sushi bar and full karaoke stage, in addition to the Sango Sho lounge hidden in the back of the building which hosts DJs and an "under the sea" theme.

2032 P St., NW

(202) 223-1573


McFadden's opened in spring 2003 and instantly became one of the hottest bars in the area. On weekend nights, the line to get in usually winds around the block. McFadden's is casual but somewhat upscale, offering good drinks, good friends, and good times. Tuesday's dollar beer night is especially popular. But don't try using a fake ID-Metro Police are constantly patrolling McFadden's because of its popularity.

2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW


(202) 223-2338

Lucky Bar

Like many other Dupont Circle bars, Lucky Bar offers decent drink specials-$2 Budweiser on Fridays, $1 Rolling Rock during happy hour. It does offer something those other bars don't, however: soccer. Serving a diverse, international crowd, Lucky Bar shows soccer matches on its TVs almost exclusively, particularly for important World Cup or Champions League matches (during which there's usually a drink minimum).

1221 Connecticut Ave.

Dupont Circle

(202) 331-3733


Madhatter is a GW favorite and one of the best bars in the area. Every night of the week, but especially on Thursdays and Fridays, GW students are at the Hatter dancing to their favorite tunes and drinking the night away. The music is fantastic at Madhatter, where everyone's favorite DJ alternates classic rock hits and pop tunes. If you're looking for a bar with a causal environment and a lot of dancing GW  students, Madhatter is the place to go. On Fridays, Budweiser and Bud Lights are only $2 all night, and rail drinks are $2.50.

1831 M St. NW

Dupont Circle

(202) 833-1495

Tom Tom

Tom Tom is right in the heart of Adams Morgan, a beloved spot for students looking to bar hop. Tom Tom is a relatively casual bar that is usually packed with students and 20-somethings looking for music, drinks, and dancing. After hitting up Tom Tom and other Adams Morgan bars such as the Reef, head over to Pizza Mart for a late-night snack. The restaurant offers huge slices of pizza that students gobble up on their way home from a night of partying.

2335 18th St. NW

Adams Morgan

(202) 588-1300

Sign of the Whale

Located two doors down from Madhatter, Sign of the Whale is usually a blast. GW students sometimes refer to this classic-looking bar as a "dive," but that does not stop them from downing cheap drinks and hanging out with friends. The bar sometimes attracts an older crowd, but there are usually plenty of GW students on hand. Plus, Sign has good food. On certain nights, there are half-price burgers and chicken sandwich specials, which go well with a beer.

1825 M St. NW

Dupont Circle

(202) 785-1110

Rhino Bar & Pumphouse

A great sports bar (affiliated with the Red Sox, among others) with great bartenders, Rhino was included among the 20 best dive bars in the country by Stuff magazine. The bar offers 25 cent wings during football games on Saturday and Sunday (the price drops to 10 cents during Monday Night Football). Bud and Bud Light are $2 on Tuesdays, which is also poker night (with no buy-in).

3295 M St. NW


(202) 333-3150

The ESPN Zone

Featuring games and dozens of TVs turned to sporting events (including one 16-foot screen), ESPN Zone is a great place for 18-and-over students to catch a game. Be aware, though, that during certain times of day (NFL Sundays, for instance), the establishment imposes a $10 per person, per hour minimum.

555 12th St. NW


(202) 783-3776

Café Citron

Citron is a half-bar, half-lounge that offers much more reasonable prices (on food, and often on drinks) than its Dupont peers. The bar features live music and DJs, and a flamenco show on Mondays. After 10 p.m., Citron is 21-and-up.

1343 Connecticut Ave. NW

Dupont Circle

(202) 530-8844


Though it seems at first like a pleasant but small hole-in-the-wall, Brickskeller can boast something not many bars can-it's in the Guinness Book of World Records, due to the enormity of its beer selection (at the time it was awarded its title, Brickskeller carried 1,072 commercial beers). What's more, quite of few of these are reasonably priced around $3, making the bar a decent place to visit whether you're looking for a cheap domestic or a $20 imported Trappist.

1623 22nd St. NW

Dupont Circle

(202) 293-1885

Hawk `n' Dove

Touting itself as "DC's oldest Irish bar," Hawk `n' Dove is a more sedate, laid-back alternative to bars in Dupont or Foggy Bottom; the patrons are mostly political staffers and other Capitol Hill employees. The $9 breakfast, available at night, is a sizable meal for the price. Drink specials range from $1.50 Coors Light bottles on Mondays to $3.25 microbrews on Fridays.

329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Capitol Hill

(202) 543-3300

Front Page

A must on Thursday nights, Front Page has the best drink specials around-Coronas and Miller Lights are $1.50 from 5 p.m. until closing. The bar is a hotspot with the after-work and after-class crowd, so happy hours prove to be a blast. Front Page is a GW favorite because of its close proximity to campus, good music, hot and sweaty environment, and decent population of college students from around the city. Georgetown and American students frequent Front Page, as well.

1313 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Dupont Circle

(202) 296-6500

Froggy Bottom Pub

When bar hoppers approach Froggy, they have two choices: follow the "Grub" sign upstairs to the eating area or the "Pub" sign downstairs to the bar area. Choose the latter if you're looking for the typical college bar. Adjacent to GW's campus, students come to Froggy after class or at night for some close-to-home partying. Students drink beer out of plastic cups, play pool, and chill with friends. Froggy is very casual, so students can walk in wearing sweatpants and feel comfortable.

2142 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Foggy Bottom

(202) 338-3000

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

The majority of DC's clubs allow students in if they are 18 years old. Fun clubs such as Hawk `n' Dove and Fur have events on Thursdays and college nights for students who are 18 or older, especially at the beginning of the semester. Students can also check out the 9:30 Club, a relatively small concert venue that attracts some of the biggest names in music. The Black Cat is another bar and concert venue that has some theme nights such as "Brit Pop Night" and "Indie Rock Night" that 18-year-olds can attend. The ESPN Zone, a sports bar with televisions that broadcast games and arcade games, is a good place for the 18-and-up crowd to mingle with 21 year olds. There are always plenty of things going on at GW and in the DC area for those under 21.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 99 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 112 responses

  • 5% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 54% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 25% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 9% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 7% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 33 responses

  • 39% Every four years, the Inaugural Ball.
  • 30% Spring Fling
  • 12% The ones that are free
  • 9% Fall Fest
  • 9% Frat/Sorority annual events


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