Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing rooftop bar, live music, or a game of poker, the nation’s capital has the perfect spot for you. Here are our picks for the places you shouldn’t miss for a great night out and tips on how to quickly recover with our IV therapy services in Washington, D.C.
The Best Nightlife in Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C. is much more than history museums and monuments—the city also boasts a thriving nightlife scene. There is no shortage of both trendy and laid-back options, from elegant rooftop cocktail lounges to underground bars and game arcades. Without further ado, here’s where to go for a delightful night out.
Opera Ultra Lounge
Imagined by the cutting-edge interior architect, Francois Frossard, Opera Ultra Lounge offers an unrivaled clubbing experience featuring DJ-driven and live performances. Besides great music, this popular downtown nightclub boasts a world-class Funktion One sound system by BAHA Design Group, lighting from acclaimed designer Michael Meacham, a stylish atmosphere, and amazing service.
Echostage—formerly known as DC Tunnel and DC Star—has been around since 2012. This massive 30,000 square feet club is the capital’s largest nightlife concert venue. What makes this spot special is a top-notch German-imported D&B Audiotechnik V series sound system, advanced LED visual displays, and an unobstructed view of the scene no matter where you’re seated.
Echostage was voted by DJ Magazine number 1 in North America and number 2 in the world. Over the years, it has attracted top artists including David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, and Tiesto and hosted live performances by the likes of Lorde, Cardi B, Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, Morrissey, and Juice WRLD. Most of Echostage’s events are hosted by DC’s legendary nightlife promoter Club Glow and consist of electronic dance music.
Tucked away in the heart of the hip Shaw neighborhood, Flash is one of the top underground destinations in Washington, D.C. Choose from three glitzy floors to dance your night away, each with a bar, a perfectly placed DJ booth, and an oversize dance floor. The rooftop, also known as the Green Room, offers breathtaking views of the capital. The drinks menu features frozen cocktails in addition to organic juices and kombucha for the non-drinkers in your group.
DJs come to Flash every Friday and Saturday night from around the world to spin a wide range of house music, from ambient to deep and techno. Drum n bass, trance, and other electronic dance music types are performed on other nights of the week.
Franklin Hall DC
Franklin Hall is named after Benjamin Franklin—a famous beer lover. Located in the historic Manhattan Laundry Building, this ultra-trendy beer hall is designed by the restaurant developer Tin Shop. It features an industrial vibe, plenty of games such as Giant Uno and Jenga, huge TVs to watch sports games, and beer served in liter mugs. Other highlights include Monday night trivia and happy hour from 4 pm to 7 pm on weekdays.
Franklin Hall prides itself on its selection of 24 draft beers, draft and frozen cocktails, and a full bar. Pair your drink with delectable bar bites like crispy chicken BLT, ultimate nachos, or cinnamon sugar pretzel bites with salted caramel sauce.
Tiki TNT is a Polynesian-style Tiki bar at the Wharf. You’ll be spoiled for choice among twenty or so tropical cocktails from award-winning mixologist Todd Thrasher. Thrasher owns a rum distillery and you can expect to find his rum in everything from frozen strawberry daiquiris to the famous TNT Problem Forgetter cocktail.
Serenata is an authentic Latino cocktail experience at La Cosecha market created by well-known drink connoisseurs, Daniella Senior and Juan Coronado. Their duo creates signature drinks from origin spirits and tropical fruits using world-renowned techniques. And here’s the fun part. Each menu item is inspired by the traditions of a different Latin American country. If you’re curious about your drink, ask the bartenders and they’ll be more than happy to share the story behind it.
Except for charity events, live poker is illegal in the District of Columbia. If you’re looking for a place to play, you’ll need to make the short drive up to Baltimore to one of the three casinos that offer live poker.
MGM National Harbor Casino
The popular MGM National Harbor Casino guarantees a high-quality poker experience with exclusive high-limit games like NL Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Limit Hold’em, 5 Card Omaha, and 5 Card Omaha Hi-Lo and daily tournaments. Visitors can enjoy 24/7 access to 37 poker tables. Amenities include WiFi, cocktail service, large TVs, ordering food from tables, and on-site massage.
The second largest casino in Maryland, Horseshoe Baltimore offers a wide range of popular poker variants at its 25 tables. No Limit Hold'em is the main poker game here, while other games to be found include Texas Hold'em, Mixed Games, and Omaha. The venue also has video lottery terminals and several food outlets.
Maryland Live Casino
Maryland Live Casino, the entertainment complex located near Arundel Mills Mall, has one of the biggest poker rooms in the country with 52 tables. Both newbies and skilled players are welcome to choose among a thrilling selection of popular poker games like Texas Hold'em, No Limit Hold'em, and Omaha. The venue is open 24/7 and provides plenty of amenities including on-site massage, casual and high-end eateries, as well as live entertainment.
With its shiny red booths, green subway tiles, and a zinc bar, Le Diplomate pays homage to French cafe culture. The extensive menu features French classics like onion soup gratinée, steak frites and escargots, bouillabaisse, and a slow-cooked meat and white-bean cassoulet. To wash it all down, there’s a carefully curated wine list and specialty cocktails. In warmer weather, you can enjoy outdoor dining while taking in the bustling energy of DC.
Le Diplomate is one of Washington’s buzziest restaurants—it’s a hotspot for the country’s political elite and famous for catering to VIPs—so be sure to make a reservation before you go.
Michelin-starred Maydan combines the best of North African and Mediterranean flavors. The highlights include herb-and-honey halloumi, a mash of charred eggplant and tomatoes, and a whole chicken slathered in turmeric and coriander. Everything is served with the bread freshly baked on-site in clay ovens. The wine list offers labels from Israel, Lebanon, and Armenia.
West End’s newcomer Imperfecto is a fine dining restaurant by Venezuelan-born chef Enrique Limardo, designed by Greek-Swedish firm OOAK Architects. Limardo reinvents traditional European and Middle Eastern dishes using Latin ingredients—think hummus made with shishitos, burrata paired with pink pineapple, and ravioli filled with ricotta and harissa.
Limardo strives to create a zero-waste kitchen. The meat is butchered in-house and all seafood is sustainable. What’s more, the chef dries and roasts the food scraps and blends them into ashes that are used to flavor the restaurant’s oils, salts, and sugars.
The Eleanor brings together a bowling lounge, bar and grill with skeeball, mini bowling, and old-school arcade games. This ultra-popular NoMa neighborhood entertainment hub also features multiplayer video games like a giant Pac-Man Battle Royal, pinball machines, a basketball game, Golden Tee machine, Big Buck HD video hunting game, and two Skee-Ball cabinets. Besides, they offer a solid selection of local beers, craft cocktails, wines, and a menu filled with dishes made from seasonal ingredients.
SPIN Washington D.C.
SPIN is a vibrant ping pong social club from the famous New York-based chain. Locals flock here to grab a drink, play at one of the 14 ping pong tables, and socialize. If you need a break, there’s a full service on-site cafe with burgers, shareables, snacks, and sweets.
Don’t miss special events like the competitive Friday night games, social league Mondays, Saturday party nights with live DJs, and Thursday pick-up-and-play with instruction from SPIN pros Allen Lin and Khaleel Asgarali.
Players Club Arcade
Players Club offers a classic old-school arcade experience. This ‘70s-themed basement arcade bar boasts an extensive selection of classic video games, pool tables, foosball, nostalgic arcade games, and pinball machines. Players will quench your thirst with eight draft beers, 20 varieties of bottles and cans, and a handful of cocktails. As the club’s customer, you are allowed to order food from the upstairs neighbor, Shake Shack, without leaving the bar.
The interior design of the venue is a must-see too. The wood-paneled “rumpus room” with vintage lounge furniture and retro wallpaper was designed by architect Michael Francis of SAINT Studio. And the best part is, Players’ rooftop space known as Skybox offers spectacular views of the city.
Recovering From a Night of Partying in Washington D.C
No matter how you spend your night out, Reset IV will help you recover quickly after drinking and partying. Our fully customizable hangover treatments are a fast and effective way to combat dehydration, headache, nausea, upset stomach, and other hangover symptoms.
Reset IV offers a wide range of hangover packages, including:
- The hydration package: a special blend of fluid and electrolytes designed to boost your energy levels.
- Still Spinning package: a mix of heartburn, nausea, or pain relief meds that will help you get back on your feet in no time.
- The Pre Game package: a formula that allows you to hydrate your body in advance so that you can handle whatever the night of partying throws at you.
- The Baller package: your choice of meds to treat hangover symptoms and a multi-vitamin cocktail to help you replenish all the lost nutrients.
- DEFCON 1 package: a solution containing fluids, electrolytes, and your choice of anti-nausea, anti-heartburn, or pain relief meds.
Our intravenous treatments offer a host of benefits:
- Nutrients completely bypass your digestive system and are delivered directly into your bloodstream, allowing complete and fast absorption.
- IV therapy works quickly and effectively to help you feel better in no time.
- The treatment helps rehydrate your body and avoid dehydration.
- Normal saline solution flushes out toxins and restores lost nutrients.
- Reset IV hangover packages provide a cocktail of fluids and vitamins to keep you refreshed and boost your energy levels.
- Our treatments can be supplemented by minerals and vitamins, such as B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, and folic acid, to help you prevent common hangover symptoms.
Reset IV treatments are available in multiple locations, including Washington D.C. We provide on-demand concierge services so that you don’t need to leave your home to enjoy the benefits of IV treatment. We’ll typically be at your door within an hour of booking, depending on availability.
To learn more about Reset IV services and schedule your appointment, feel free to call us at 1-833-737-3848 or send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.