Guide to DC Nightlife: Nightlife 18 and Over - DC Clubbing

Guide to DC Nightlife: Nightlife 18 and Over

Guide to DC Nightlife: 18 and Up Venues

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 with music ranging from TOP 40 EDM, Latin, and Hip-Hop music. Their newly renovated Chroma Penthouse is DC’s newest VIP spot offering new E11even Sound by DAS from Spain, posh VIP sections, dazzling bar sections, and more space than ever!
echostage washington dc
Address: 2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE. 202.503.2330
Nightlife 18 and over: All Events unless otherwise noted.
Atmosphere: #1 in the U.S, and #2 in the World, Echostage is Washington DC’s home to large-scale EDM concert productions. Recent bookings include Diplo, Two Friends, Galantis, Alan Walker, and more!
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Address: 1420 K St NW Washington, DC 20005
Open for 18+: Wednesday-Friday (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:

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.


Address: 1008 Vermont Ave NW Washington, DC 20005 202-347-8601.
Nightlife 18 and over: Thursdays
Atmosphere: Vibrant, urbane nightlife destination with DJs, multiple bars, table service and quirky décor.


Address: 1730 M ST NW Suite 100, Washington, DC 200036 202-827-8274.
Nightlife 18 and over: Thursdays, unless otherwise noted.
Atmosphere: Spacious nightclub conveniently placed in DuPont Circle. Primarily a Hip-Hop atmosphere with some Top 40/EDM.

Bravo Bravo

Address: 1001 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 200036 202-223-5330.
Nightlife 18 and over: Friday and Saturday
Atmosphere: Restaurant during the daytime, nightclub during the evening. Salsa your night away with the hottest trending Latin music.

18+ Lounges in DC:




Address: 1802 Jefferson Pl NW Washington, DC 20036

Nightlife 18 and over:  Tuesday
Atmosphere: Walk through the bullhorn doors and the stairs to discover a darkened, intimate space featuring black leather seating and tons of gold.


Address:  1219 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036. 202-853-3498
Nightlife 18 and over:  Thursday
Atmosphere: DC’s Only Multi-Level Retro Night Club. Decades is a four-story retro-themed nightclub celebrating club culture, DJs, and the greatest hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s, 2000s and the present. Graffiti, gadgets, gear and more are also showcased throughout the space. Every week college students and 20-somethings pack Decades for a Night full of fun!


Address:  1716 I St NW Washington DC 20006. 202-905-9300
Nightlife 18 and over:  Wednesday & Thursday
Atmosphere: 4 floors of aesthetic beauty. Guests of Eden find themselves surrounded by sophisticated LED displays, jungle-esque decor (it is the Garden of Eden, after all) and upscale clientele. Although a narrow venue, Eden provides a unique experience, especially to those lucky enough to make it to the rooftop, which brings a piece of South Beach to DC nightlife.


Live Music:

9:30 CLUB
Address: 815 V Street NW Washington, DC 20001.  202-265-0930
Nightlife 18 and over:  All ages (excluding certain shows)
Atmosphere: A nightclub and concert venue has a capacity of 1200 people and is a standing-only venue. It won the Top Club award at the 2007 and 2009 Billboard Touring Awards and has been host to shows from Smashing Pumpkins, Tears for Fears, Crystal Castles and Paul Van Dyk. Current concert line-up can be found on their website.


The Anthem

Address: 901 Wharf St. SW, Washington, DC 20004  202-888-0020
Nightlife 18 and over:  All ages (excluding certain shows)
Atmosphere: Music venue located on the DC Wharf offering live music concerts ranging from country to alternative to dance music.

Anthem Theatre, Location: Washington DC, Architect: Rockwell Group