The colorful and eclectic Adams Morgan neighborhood exists along a mile-long stretch of 18th Street. Thanks to a flood of new restaurants, lounges and live music venues, the ultra-laid-back locale has continued its 20-plus-year reign as a nightlife epicenter. But visitors of all ages are just as likely to while away an afternoon at an independent shop, coffee house or nearby park.
The majority of Adams Morgan’s shops, bars and restaurants run along 18th Street NW, between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road, and Columbia Road between 16th Street and Wyoming Avenue NW. Part of Adams Morgan’s allure is its central location – the neighborhood borders Dupont Circle, Kalorama, Woodley Park, U Street, Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant.
Regardless of how shy a singer you are, you can carry a karaoke tune at Muzette in a private room or leave the singing up to someone else – live music venues abound, from Madam’s Organ which has performances every day to jazz at Columbia Station and DJs at Napoleon Bistro and Lounge. Boutique bed & breakfast experiences make you feel like a local. Locals can be found at two signature events, Adams Morgan Day (September) and the Bastille Day Street Party (July).
Metro: Take the Red Line to Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan and walk east over the Duke Ellington Bridge for about 15 minutes, or the Green Line to U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo and walk west on U Street for about 15 minutes. Bus: The Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square route Circulator bus or 42, 43, 90, 92, 93, 96 and L2 Metrobus routes drop off on or near 18th Street and Columbia Avenue NW. Car: Parking on weekends can be limited. Taxis can be hailed on the street for convenience.