Top 10 Best Nightclubs in 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 Washington that you should definitely check out.

Echostage

Best nightclub in Washington!
Echostage

Launched in 2012, Echostage is DC’s largest nightlife concert venue. The massive 30,000 square feet space comes with a cutting-edge, German-imported D&B Audiotechnik V series sound system, advanced LED visual displays, and interior design that ensures unobstructed sight lines from any seat in the house. The sensory experience of an Echostage event distinguishes the space from other DC entertainment players. Guests can grab a close-up glimpse of the stage from the photo pit or take a breather at two 60-foot long bars that line each side of the dance floor. Visitors looking to enjoy the show from up high can cozy up to seven of their closest friends in one of the 30 bottle service tables on the VIP Mezzanine. The unique and versatile space of Echostage has also had the pleasure of having famous artists like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell and Tiesto play at the venue. At Echostage you know that you are going to get the best 21+ concert experience in DC.

  • 2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE Washington, DC 20018 United States
  • Langdon
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$$

Opera Ultra Lounge

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
  • $$

Decades

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
  • $$

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
  • $$

Club Elevate

Club Elevate

Elevate brings a dynamic to the club scene very rarely experienced by your average nightlife enthusiast. All three levels of the aptly named club Elevate are structured in a way to create a theater type of atmosphere. The extra care that the venue took with its appearance and ambiance is visible when you step in and notice the superior lighting and sound system as well as the design. There are plush and comfortable sofas for seating and guests can enjoy drinks and food from a full bar and delicious kitchen. Though Elevate is known as an Afro-Caribbean influenced club, DJs also play the latest hip-hop tracks in between dancehall and afrobeats. Perfect for live entertainment and measure events, Elevate makes sure that their patrons are comfortable and enjoying themselves at all times.

  • 15 K St NE Washington, DC 20002 United States
  • NoMa
  • 10:30 PM - 3 AM Sat
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $

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
  • $$

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
  • $$$

There are many other clubs available in Washington like Rosebar, The Park at 14th, Heist, Lost Society, Flash

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.