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Ultimate Bar Hopping Guide to U Street

Ultimate Bar Hopping Guide
PJ Goupil
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February 20, 2024
Ultimate Bar Hopping Guide

Washington D.C.'s U Street corridor is a bustling artery of nightlife, boasting an array of bars, clubs, and music venues that cater to every taste. From cozy, dimly-lit taverns to lively, music-thumping clubs, U Street between 14th and 15th Streets offers the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable bar crawl. 

Here's your guide to navigating this vibrant scene, ensuring a night filled with diverse experiences, unique flavors, and non-stop entertainment.

Why U Street?

Historically known as the heart of African-American culture in D.C., U Street has transformed into a lively nightlife hub without losing its rich cultural essence. 

This makes it the ideal spot for those looking to dive into a night of exploration, with everything from jazz bars and dive bars to upscale cocktail lounges within walking distance.

Preparing for Your Bar Hop

What to Know Before You Go

Transportation: The U Street Metro Station on the Green and Yellow lines is conveniently located, making it easy to start your night. Rideshare services are also readily available, ensuring a safe journey home.

The Ultimate U Street Bar Hopping Route

Stop 1: Solly’s

Let’s kick things off with U Street’s local tavern. With bargain-priced drinks its the best spot to start off your journey. If you’re lucky you might catch a live music showing.  

Location: 1942 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Stop 2: Sudhouse DC

Great social spot to try American brews. This local mom-and-pop style bar and grill will bring great energy to keep you going for the night. The owners are DC natives that wanted to bring classic American fare and craft brews. Enjoy a real DC experience!  

Location: 1340 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Stop 3: Ben's Next Door

No bar crawl on U Street is complete without a visit to Ben's Next Door, offering a perfect blend of hearty food and a wide selection of craft beers and cocktails. It's the ideal spot to refuel and soak in the local vibe.

Location: 1211 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States 

Stop 4: Cloak & Dagger

Try out this cosy 1800s-inspired dance club. Great drinks, great music and a blast from the past. What more could you ask for to celebrate your night out? 

Location: 1359 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Late Night Eats

Cap off your bar hopping with some late-night eats at & pizza on U Street, where you can customize your own pie until the wee hours of the morning.

Ending the Night

As your night comes to a close, remember to arrange for a safe ride home. The U Street Metro operates until late on weekends, and rideshare services are just a tap away.

Exploring the energetic pulse of U Street after dark offers a captivating glimpse into Washington D.C.'s diverse nightlife. 

Each stop on this bar crawl journey brings its unique flavor, from intimate cocktail dens to vibrant dance floors, ensuring an unforgettable experience for night owls and social butterflies alike.

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