Top 8 Best Nightclubs in Downtown, Washington, DC [2020 GUIDE]

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With over 25 venues in Washington, there are many places to choose from whether you're looking for a crazy night out or a lounge atmosphere. Don't worry! We're going to list out the best clubs in Downtown, Washington that you should definitely check out.

Opera Ultra Lounge

Best nightclub in Downtown, Washington!
Opera Ultra Lounge

Opera Ultra Lounge is a unique lounge providing a posh and elegant atmosphere, professional staff, and superior service. Designed by renowned nightlife designer Francois Frossard, the lounge aims at creating cutting-edge multi-faceted entertainment venue for their guests that utilizes the latest technology to provide their patrons with premier service, design, and experience. With their sights on industry leading talent, celebrities and guests, they have created a one of a kind venue with a state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system from BAHA Design Group and lighting by acclaimed designer Michael Meacham of iDesign. At Opera Ultra Lounge, they break the standard mold of DC nightclubs by offering a full entertainment schedule, including both club-driven DJ bookings and live entertainment from Jazz bands to acoustic performances.

  • 1400 I St NW Washington, DC 20005 United States
  • Downtown
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

The Living Room

The Living Room

Are you ready for a Washington hospitality upgrade? Get ready to change everything you think you know about the District’s nightlife industry. Step into The Living Room, a new club and event space in DC’s Logan Circle neighborhood that offers an upscale experience (without taking itself too seriously). So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride in style and comfort. But trust us: this isn’t your mother’s living room.

  • 1008 Vermont Ave NW Washington, DC 20005 United States
  • Downtown
  • 10 PM – 3:30 AM Wed – Sat
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Ultrabar

Ultrabar

Previously a bank during the early 1900s, 911 F St NW has been the home of Ultrabar since 2006, DC’s number 1 and longest running party venue. The place is one of the most unique and versatile nightclubs in DC and features 5 distinct levels that are rich in color, ambiance and musical styles which have separate event options that allow the guests to enjoy a variety of entertainment. The modern LED lighting, stainless steel, and glass accents create an upscale and inviting atmosphere for its guests. With its state-of-the-art light and sound, four DJ booths and connected dance floors, six full-service bars and amazing drink specials, Ultrabar is a go-to destination for those wishing to experience the ultimate DC clubbing and nightlife experience. At Ultrabar, guests will be able to enjoy bottle service at all of its tables if they desire.

  • 911 F St NW Washington, DC 20004 United States
  • Downtown
  • 10 pm - 2 am Thu, 9 pm - 3 am Fri - Sat
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Sax

Sax

SAX is a restaurant, lounge, and late night locale featuring art and live entertainment designed to amuse and please guests with opulent grandeur. A 20-foot-long enclosed infinity stage, visible from every corner, showcases cabaret performers each evening, from illusionists and mimes to dance to aerialist shows. The two-story cabaret reflects a modern French design, plush with gilded columns, hand-button tufted damask banquettes, and inlaid medallion tabletops. Authentic reclaimed church doors mark the entryway from the crystal-adorned vestibule into SAX, and red-corded curtains lead to the opera house, which is adorned with wall sconces and chandeliers surrounding the perimeter balconies.

  • 734 11th St NW Washington, DC 20001 United States
  • Downtown
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Abigail

Abigail

Abigail recently completed a $1.5 million renovation to take advantage of all 5,000 square feet. It re-opened for an official unveiling in late October. Since then, Sunday night industry parties have already attracted Redskins and Wizards players happy to drop serious cash on bottle service. The glitzy overhaul, done by a local designer who is now with luxury conglomerate LVMH, included adding a new bar and DJ booth, updating bathrooms with shimmering graphic wallpaper, and splashing electronic artwork across the club — including a trippy, immersive light wall near the entrance. Neon letters spelling, “Abby if you’re dirty,” frame the DJ booth. This is a hot spot in Washington DC.

  • 1730 M St NW Washington, DC 20036 United States
  • Downtown
  • 11 pm - 2 am Fri - Sun
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$$

The Park at 14th

The Park at 14th

All at once, novel in concept and character, The Park at 14th perfectly fits the mold for your next gathering when you are seeking something “a little different.” From the inviting warmth of the wood paneled walls and subtle glow of hand-blown chandeliers to the incomparable cuisine and proficient staff that are ready to indulge your every whim, The Park at 14th defines a new standard in Washington, DC social diversion.

  • 920 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005 United States
  • Downtown
  • 5 pm - 2 am Thu - Fri, 9 pm - 3 am Sat
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Soundcheck

Soundcheck

  • 1420 K Street NW Washington, DC 20005 United States
  • Downtown
  • Dress Code: Moderate
  • $$

District Anchor

District Anchor

Located in the heart of a thriving DC nightlife scene, this intimate space features floor-to-ceiling windows, a long and fully stocked bar, and a cozy back room with a moose head peering over a roaring fireplace. The kitschy log cabin décor makes you feel at home immediately, as if you’re celebrating the New Year at your neighbor’s – if your neighbor threw raging parties, that is! Join us this New Year's Eve for a night where the rules don’t apply and the clock doesn’t matter.

  • 1900 M St NW Washington, DC 20036 United States
  • Downtown
  • 11:30 AM - 2 AM
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

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Check out the venues section for the full list of nightclubs.

Washington Nightclubs FAQ

What time does the headlining DJ usually start performing in Washington clubs?

The headlining DJ will usually start performing around 12:00 AM.

How long do DJs play in Washington?

The headlining DJ or artist usually plays a 1 to 2 hour set.

What is the dress code like at Washington nightclubs?

Guys can wear nice jeans and a form fitting plain t-shirt or a nice button down shirt. Girls can wear jeans or a comfortable but stylish dress if they prefer. Of course guys and girls can never go wrong with dressing up even more – there is no such thing as overdressing when it comes to clubs.

How can I get into Washington nightclubs for free?

Some Washington nightclubs have a free ladies guest list, and have a free even ratio guest list – free if you have the same number of girls (or more) in your party.

Keep in mind that many Washington nightclubs are more exclusive and require bottle service to get in. You can sign up for the guest list on our events page.

How can I book bottle service for Washington nightclubs?

You can book bottle service directly on Discotech by visiting the Washington page.

How much is bottle service at Washington clubs?

Bottle service and table minimums at nightclubs can get pretty expensive in Washington, but every nightclub is different.

The best way to find out is to visit the events page and choose the event you're thinking of going.

Should I buy tickets to get into Washington nightclubs?

If the nightclub has tickets, we recommend buying tickets during holiday weekends and for big name artists. The ticket line is generally faster and shorter than the guest list.

Many nightclubs in Washington are bottle service only – meaning you must book a table reservation in order to get inside.

Which Washington nightclubs play EDM and electronic music?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best EDM nightclubs in Washington.

Which Washington nightclubs play hip-hop?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best hip hop nightclubs in Washington.