Top 6 Best Nightclubs in DuPont Circle, 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 DuPont Circle, Washington that you should definitely check out.

Decades

Best nightclub in DuPont Circle, Washington!
Decades

A retro-themed bar that celebrates popular music from different decades (starting from the 1980s to present day), Decades is located in the heart of DC. The 15,000 square feet space is massive with 6 different levels, 8 large bars, and a rooftop that can be retracted or fully enclosed. There are 5 DJs on deck at all times who are always hard at work livening up the place with music blaring from the Funktion One sound system. At Decades, guests will be able to enjoy the history of club culture as they take in the club’s vintage inspired décor which features graffiti, gadgets, gears and everything we love about the energy and excitement of nightlife, music of all genres, and the past. There are a variety of different VIP experiences available for those who wish to have a more exclusive experience.

  • 1219 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 United States
  • DuPont Circle
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

The Gryphon

The Gryphon

The Gryphon considers itself to be the new concept event house in DC. At this premier social house, guests are encouraged to socialize through eating and drinking, while the venue provides a lively, energetic and fun atmosphere. Its goal is to make guests feel as if they have been invited to a well-planned neighborhood dinner party with close friends and family. The Gryphon considers itself an all-in-one destination, perfect for any and every occasion. At this venue, patrons can enjoy an excellent brunch menu during the day while at night the Gryphon is transformed to one of DC’s hottest high-energy nightclubs with loud pounding music and an extensive drinks menu.

  • 1337 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 United States
  • DuPont Circle
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

St. Yves

St. Yves

Perhaps one of the most opulent and gorgeous clubs in DC, St. Yves spared no cost when it came to its stunning design and décor. Inside the 2 floored club, guests will be unable to draw their eyes away from all of the beautiful fixtures including a quartz topped main bar, a massive golden chandelier, and a stately dramatic grand staircase located at the center. At St. Yves, the design team has taken exceeding amounts of effort to ensure that the historical beauty of the building remained even after the remodel into a nightclub. Guests can enjoy themselves at the bar, the main dance floor, or within the plentiful VIP booths in this sleek and stylish dual room lounge. The open floor plan is great for mingling and meeting new people. With 18 VIP tables to offer, there is plenty of space to go around. The DJ selection at the club is always stellar and there is not only bottle service but caviar service as well. They also have USB charging stations and coat/bag storage under the table seating.

  • 1220 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 United States
  • DuPont Circle
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Rosebar

Rosebar

Established in 2014, the opportunities are limitless at Rose Bar Lounge, located in Dupont Circle in DC. Rose Bar offers a sophisticated combination of fine dining with a sleek lounge atmosphere. The lounge is a popular destination for locals during happy hour and a trendy hotspot for after dark dancing and relaxing. The venue has taken the liberty to create an exciting atmosphere, where the best drinks and an inspired decor create a feeling of infinite possibilities. A fine restaurant and lounge during the evening that transforms into a nightclub on weekends, your night is what you make of it and you are free to live out the exhilarating and wild experiences that you are sure to be telling stories about for months. Feel free to enjoy some of the city’s best sushi and nightlife vibes at Rose Bar today.

  • 1215 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 United States
  • DuPont Circle
  • 10 pm - 2 am Mon, Tue, Thu, 10 pm - 3 am Fri - Sat
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Heist

Heist

Located in the midst of DC’s Dupont Circle, Heist is a caper-theme champagne lounge and private event subterranean venue. The elegantly intimate nightclub is considered to be one of the city’s most glamorous venues. When guests walk through bullhorn doors and down the stairs, they’ll discover a darkened, intimate space featuring black and gold accents. It is quite evident that Heist spared no expense when it came to their decor which includes gold-plated fixtures in the restrooms, a Swarovski crystal ceiling piece above the bar, and a bullet hole lined installation that make up the back wall of the venue. The lounge is split up into a bar area and a dance floor section near the DJ booth. The venue offers both a variety of bottle service options as well as cocktails crafted by Heist’s expert mixologists. Guests are able to get VIP booths as well with the most exclusive one of them being invitation only and located right next to the club’s co-owner Charles “DJ Dirty Hands” Koch’s crown jewel: the luxurious DJ booth which features a large 24-karat gold buffalo skull.

  • 1802 Jefferson Pl NW Washington, DC 20036 United States
  • DuPont Circle
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Dirty Bar

Dirty Bar

Dirty Bar is the Michael Romeo Groups newest addition, the Connecticut Avenue corridor will never be the same. This intoxicating and provocative pleasure palace screams sexy and mysterious. There is nothing like it in the area, the only nightclub nodding at Moulin Rogue. Allow yourself to experience a different era, feel untamed – step back into a time of fishnets, burlesque dancers and feathers. DirtyBar features a larger-than-life bird cage, a swing and stylish VIP table service perfect for celebrating all of the nights you want to remember. DirtyBar will soon feature the areas largest outdoor deck – 3,000 sqft, full service bar, and supreme sound system. Available for private events, table service and dancing the night away with all your favorite people! DirtyBar is the only place in DC where you can enjoy a delicious meal then simply go upstairs and party! Come, feel tantalized – smoke cigars and relax.

  • 1223 Connecticut Ave Washington, DC 20036 United States
  • DuPont Circle
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

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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.