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U Street Corridor

U Street Corridor

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Post Date: January 01, 2012

Rooftop Decks, Sick Sound Systems, and Underground Vibes

The U Street Corridor has historically been at the center of Washington DC’s music scene. Although the area underwent a rough period between the 1960s and mid 1990s, its recent gentrification has revitalized its nightlife tradition. With hundreds of bars, clubs, and restaurants squeezed into such a tight area, the U Street Corridor is a must-visit party destination in Washington, DC!

Below is a list of some great clubs venues in the U Street Corridor.


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Flash is a new dance venue located in the Shaw District. When you first walk in, the ground floor is a trendy, modern bar with a food menu (currently being updated), and a patio area out front.

One of the most unique features of Flash is the photobooth on the first floor.

Learn more about Flash in DC

El Centro

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Enjoy quality Mexican cuisine? Love a lively atmosphere? Do you like tequila? With over 200 different tequilas and mezcals at the ready, El Centro is sure to be the new home of your favorite hang out.

Lost Society

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A steakhouse on the main level and upstairs lounge w/ outdoor deck.

Lost Society is a chill place to come party. The crowd always looks good.

Learn more about Lost Society in DC

U Street Music Hall

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No cameras, no dress code, bangin’ sound system.

Owner/DJs Jesse Tittsworth and Will Eastman have made U-Hall arguably the best ‘underground’ club in DC.

Learn more about U Street Music Hall in DC

9:30 Club

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The 9:30 Club has long been a staple of DC nightlife, opening its doors in 1980.

It’s often regarded one of the best places to see live music in DC.


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A “hole in the wall” feel, bands you’ve never heard of and Woodchuck on tap.

It’s a hipster paradise.


policy washington dc

One of U Street’s top restaurants.

Policy has a cozy lounge atmosphere to keep the evening rolling well past dinner.

Learn more about Policy in DC

Pure Lounge

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While somewhat small, Pure Lounge is packed on Fridays for its rock-bottom happy hour drink specials.

Velvet Lounge

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Another small place popular with the hipster and underground crowd.

Velvet Lounge remains a great spot to see live bands and hear local music.

Chi Cha Lounge

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One of the best hookah bars in DC, Chi Cha lounge is more than just a place to smoke shishah.

The lounge, DJ, dance floor and bar keep an upbeat vibe while 20-somethings dance and drink.

Take a hit and see what Chi Cha’s all about!