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The 9 Best Things to do at Night in Washington, DC

By Chris Boyle

Washington’s lively atmosphere and exciting experiences hardly disappear with the setting sun. With an alluring bar scene and several impressive arts and sports venues, the capital provides the perfect backdrop to a stellar night out. Head towards the fashionable Penn Quarter or chic Georgetown for some of best nightlife the city has to offer.

Off the Record at The Hay-Adams

This upscale, discrete bar is one of Washington’s top places to be seen and not heard.
Recently named as one of the “World’s Best Hotel Bars,” Off the Record attracts a clientele as chic as its swanky decor.

Washington Ballet

Satisfy a culture craving by watching one of America’s most renowned ballet companies perform in the nation’s capital.
The Washington Ballet’s current season includes innovative, contemporary pieces as well as fresh takes on the classics, guaranteeing a night of entertainment for everyone. A visit will not disappoint.

Washington Wizards VIP Experience

With Courtside Gold VIP tickets, basketball fans can get closer than ever to the action! Enjoy access to the Washington Wizards’ private Coaches Club, Courtside VIP Club, row ledge seating and access to the Chef’s Buffet table at the Acela Club Restaurant, The Player’s Club or one of the Verizon Center’s 106 Executive Suites, each of which has its own private bathroom, coat closet, refrigerator, flat screen TV and seating area. Ticket holders also gain privileged access to private team events and functions, a truly VIP experience for any sports fan.

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Columbia Room

Previously located within Passenger bar, the ultra-exclusive cocktail sanctuary Columbia Room is now in a multi-room space in Blagden Alley. Here you’ll find bartenders who view mixology as an artistry of sorts, crafting cocktails out of premium spirits and hand-carved ice. Be sure to check out the special drink-tasting menu, which includes an amuse bouche with a drink customized to match – you’ll quickly understand how the Columbia Room made it to the top of USA Today’s “Top 10 Classic American Cocktail Lounges.”

Washington National Opera

Don your finest frock and join some of Washington’s elite art patrons for a culture-filled night at the Washington National Opera. One of the country’s premier opera companies, the Washington National Opera presents a current season that includes renowned works such as Salome and Madame Butterfly. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy performances by some of the world’s most admired artists.

Eno Wine Bar

A part of Four Seasons Washington, DC, and located adjacent to the hotel, this wine bar is an elegant setting that provides an extensive range of wines with complementary cuisine. Fresh produce is sourced from the surrounding region to curate each of the evening’s menus and wine pairings, from cheese and charcuterie to chocolate. The interiors here are bright, modern and inviting.

Russia House Lounge

Relax like a tsar at this cozy little watering hole and restaurant in Washington’s north west quadrant. At the Russia House Lounge, you’ll find yourself powerless to resist sampling some tipples from the bar’s impressive vodka selection, which features premium picks from over 15 countries, or savoring some of the restaurant’s choice caviar imports. Intimate and sophisticated, an evening here is positively majestic.

Ozio DC

As DC’s first cigar and martini lounge, Ozio presents four floors of the socialite worthy glamour responsible for its elite reputation and regular celebrity clientele. In addition to a stellar martini menu and premium bottle list, the art deco-styled lounge offers a glowing cigar menu that features all the standard selections as well as a number of funky picks such as Earth Nectar & Chianti and Moontrance Passion Fruit CAOs. Settle into a velvet chaise lounge with a stogie and a bottle of Dom Perignon, and enjoy a truly sophisticated night out.

W Hotel POV Terrace

The only bar in DC reminiscent of New York City, the W Hotel’s P.O.V Rooftop Lounge and Terrace is designed to transition from casual daytime brunches overlooking the monuments of D.C., to a hub of nightlife and cocktail culture at night. POV offers the greatest vantage point in the District. with views of the White House  while the dress code is strictly dress to impress. POV features various seating zones ranging from communal tables to VIP banquettes inviting guests to enjoy the W Washington DC’s unique programming centered on its passion points of Music, Fashion, Design and Cocktail Culture.

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