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Guide to DC Nightlife: Nightlife 18 and Over

Are you under 21? Don’t worry, there is no need to be stuck at a house party… or in your parent’s basement. Washington DC has a wide selection of nightclubs, lounges, and live music venues for those who aren’t of the legal drinking age. Check out the list for 18+ clubs, lounges and live venues in DC!

Check out our DC Nightlife Neighborhood Guide for a breakdown of venues by location!

18+ Nightlife in DC:


Address: 911 F St NW Washington, DC 20004. 202-638-4663
Open for 18+: Thursday, Friday, Saturday (unless otherwise noted)
Atmosphere: 6 bars, 4 floors and a mezzanine level appealing to the 18-30 crowd. Ultrabar was made for those who really like to dance and party. It definitely gets wild. Ultrabar sets the standard for nightclubs in DC.

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Address: 2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE. 202.503.2330
Nightlife 18 and over: Per event
Atmosphere: Washington DC’s newest and largest dedicated concert venue was built to house large-scale concert productions. Recent bookings include Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Avicii, Big Sean and Beenie Man.


Address: 1420 K St NW Washington, DC 20005
Open for 18+: Tuesday-Sunday (unless otherwise noted)
Atmosphere: If you want to go out and dance, but can’t decide between a large club or a smaller lounge: this is the place to go. Designed to remind club-goers of the golden age of underground dance, Soundcheck has been outfitted with LED walls, lights and lasers that rival Echostage, and classic, highly necessary disco balls.

18+ Clubs in DC:

U Street Music Hall

Address: 1115A U St NW Washington, DC 20009. 202-588-1880.
Nightlife 18 and over: Weeknight, Weekends with pre-purchased tickets
Atmosphere: A dance/live music club that features a state-of-the-art sound system, minimal lighting and a ‘be yourself’ attitude. Bookings span the musical gamut from Skream & Benga to Donovan Frankenreiter.


Interesting facts

  • Club Glow is the longest running dance party in Washington, DC. It currently operates on a weekly basis out of three nightclubs in DC (Fur Nightclub, Lima Lounge, and Josephine) and hosts large-scale and music festival events at the DC Armory and RFK Stadium. Since...
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  • avatar What is there to do in dc on a friday night?
    • Check Dupont Circle. When I went, there was a lot of stuff going on late. Bars, restaurants, shops, clubs...all kinds of stuff.

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