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3 College Junior

Party Scene: The party scene changes as one matriculates through school at Howard. It becomes less and less relevant.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: The "party scene" is what you make of it, hopefully not too much.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Love to have fun with friend and walk around downtown and U street

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: howard knows how to turn up.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: i don't really party but howard knows how to turn up

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When night falls and it's time to get your party on, there are a few things to do on campus. Student organizations often host parties during the school year. Compared to other national universities, Howard is not that big of a drinking school. Now, that is not to say that HU students don't know how to have a good time. Dancing and socializing are definitely big, and most students do frequent a lot of hip-hop and dance clubs in the area, namely Love and Fur. Homecoming, which occurs every year in the third week of October, is a can't-miss event and has been known to draw hundreds of alumni and students from schools all over the country, especially other HBCUs. Even if you're not yet 21, you can still enjoy D.C.'s nightlife, because many of the clubs cater to those who are 18 and older on certain nights.

If you don't feel like partying, there's a still lot of stuff to do at night or during any other free time that you may have. For instance, several dance classes are available at HU (salsa, belly-dancing, line-dancing, and tango, just to name a few.) There is always something new to do on campus, and few grow tired of going out in the city. In fact, when students are about to graduate, they usually come to the realization that they've barely scratched the surface of things to do at Howard and in D.C.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Adams Morgan
  • Georgetown
  • Shaw
  • U Street
  • Waterfront (SW)
Other Places to Check Out
  • Asylum
  • Bar Louie
  • Bourbon
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Clyde's
  • Dave & Buster's
  • Froggy Bottom Pub
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Hooters
  • Lotus Lounge
  • Lucky Strike Lanes
  • Nellie's Sports Bar
  • TGI Friday's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong (Beirut)
  • Kings
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Hilltop
Closing Time
3 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Eighteenth Street Lounge
Organization Parties
Organizations have parties in the fall and spring semesters. The parties are usually held off campus at clubs.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Ibiza is an upscale nightclub. Dress to impress always.

1222 First St. NE

(202) 842-4780


Glow is a haven for techno lovers in DC, showcasing national and international artists in these genres.

714 6th St. NW

(202) 271-1171

Republic Gardens

Republic Gardens offers something for everybody. Music genres range hip-hop to reggae, to jazz and rock.

1355 U St. NW

(202) 450-6400


Love is an upscale nightclub where young, urban professionals and college students mingle and nod their heads to top 40, hip-hop, old school, Latin, and reggae.

1350 Okie St. NE

(202) 746-1736

Black Cat

Black Cat is a live music venue with some of the best in local, national, and international independent and alternative music. This is the spot for indie, punk, and garage rock bands.

1811 14th St. NW

(202) 667-4490

9:30 Club

The atmosphere at 9:30 is eclectic. The club has been known to bring in some of the top acts in the country, such as Busta Rhymes, Staind, and the Roots, to name a few.

815 V St. NW

(202) 265-0930


Fur is a multi-leveled entertainment venue. It's so upscale that athletic wear, work boots, and hats are not permitted.

33 Patterson St. NE

(202) 842-3401

Eighteenth Street Lounge

The Eighteenth Street Lounge offers a relaxed atmosphere with an antique feel. Men and women, however, should dress to impress. You'll find blazin' DJs, dancing, and lots of live performances from emerging artists on the D.C. music scene.

1212 18th St. NW

(202) 466-3922


UltraBar has four levels, each offering something different. With a wide variety of music and rotating drink specials each night, bar goers won't be dissapointed.

911 F St. NW

(202) 638-4663

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Rosa Mexicano

Rosa is an upscale Mexican restaurant/bar. If you're into sassy and exotic drinks, this is your place. The pomegranate margaritas are a must!

575 7th St. NW

(202) 783-5522

Café Saint-Ex

Saint-Ex is a cool brasserie with a basement-level lounge where an eclectic collection of DJs spin records every night of the week. The first floor is now smoke-free until 11 p.m.

1847 14th St. NW

(202) 265-7839

Pure Lounge

Pure Lounge boasts dollar drinks each and every Friday with two levels and two DJs. Each day of the week offers something different.

1326 U St. NW

(202) 290-7058

Larry's Lounge

A true corner bar, the cast of characters at Larry's reflects the neighborhood: gay and straight, young and old, dressed up or in flip-flops and shorts. The small patio is a great hangout spot.

1836 18th St. NW

(202) 483-1483


Alero is a Mexican restaurant by day and a hot spot for drinks by night. With the option of sitting outside, Alero provides the perfect atmosphere to kick back, enjoy the scenery, and have a drink!

1301 U St. NW

(202) 462-2322

Bossa Bistro & Lounge

This legendary jazz spot reopened in 2000 after being closed for 30 years. The new owners have restored the music and supper club to its former glory.

2463 18th St. NW

(202) 667-0088

McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon

2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

(202) 223-2338

Duffy's Irish Pub

2106 Vermont Ave. NW

(202) 265-3413

Bar 7

1015-1/2 Seventh St. NW

(202) 347-4343

American Ice Company

917 V St. NW

(202) 758-3562

Lounge of Three

1013 U St. NW

(202) 387-3333

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

Washington, D.C. has a plethora of options for the 18-and-over crowd. Students choose anything from the movies to simply hanging out with one another. However, if you're looking more for a club scene, Fur and Love (only on Saturdays) hit the mark!

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 104 responses

  • 78% Homecoming
  • 5% Spring Semester
  • 5% DND
  • 4% Springfest
  • 4% Parties all year round are great so I hear!
  • 2% New year all throughout the city. all the summer
  • 2% HU vs HU
  • 1% Philly, Jersey, Delaware Clubs Party

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 192 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 189 responses

  • 21% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 61% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 11% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 3% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 4% Parties? What parties?



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