Adams Morgan

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  • Spirited
  • Diverse
  • Laid-Back
  • Ethnic
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This culturally diverse neighborhood is mostly known for its nightlife thanks to all the bars and restaurants dotting the 18th Street corridor.

What it’s like

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Adams Morgan is actually much more than a neighborhood with a crowded nightlife scene. You’ll find historic row houses around 18th Street, including the Adam's Inn B&B, as well as a variety of independently owned stores. The popular Hudson & Crane offers rustic modern and industrial chic home décor from furniture, rugs, art, and lighting to eclectic gift options. The women’s clothing store, Violet Boutique, has called Adams Morgan home since 2011. There you’ll see fun, trendy looks that are actually affordable. Men might hit the jackpot at Commonwealth, finding apparel, footwear and accessories perfect for their wardrobe.

Yogis love taking classes at Studio DC. It offers over 80 hot yoga and non-heated classes each week, so there’s something for everyone. Fitness buffs flock to Solidcore, a 50-minute, full body workout that uses slow and controlled movements to work your muscles to failure. Yes, you read that correctly.

Art lovers should all visit the DC Arts Center, an art gallery and performance space that supports emerging artists in the city. On any given day you can catch anything from Improv Wars in the theater to Facebook Photos by Poets in the gallery.

Held the second Sunday in September, visitors will enjoy the annual Adams Morgan Day, featuring live music and international food from around the world. You’ll find sidewalk cafes, unique vendors, and cultural demonstrations and dances. Salsa, anyone?

A reason to find a table

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Food-wise, there’s a plethora of restaurants to choose from, such as Roofers Union, a top spot for gourmet brats and sausages from the mind of Top Chef alum Marjorie Meek-Bradley. International spots round out the roster of restaurants, including Donburi, a Japanese restaurant serving rice bowl dishes in a minimalist space with counter seating; Sakuramen; and long-running Middle Eastern spot, Mama Ayesha’s.

Perpendicular to the main drag down 18th Street you'll find Columbia Road, a sleepier street with can't-miss dining options like Mintwood Place, helmed by Executive Chef Cedric Maupillier, offers a French-influenced American menu.

And last but not least, visitors can sing and dance the night away at countless bars, before ending the night with a beef empanada from Julia’s Empanadas or a visit to The Diner, open 24/7.

Locals Love

Patio-friendly Tryst cafe, Roofers Union rooftop, Muzette's private room karaoke, hookah bars, less crowded Columbia Road options

Getting There

Parking here is tough – especially at night. Instead, take the Metro to Dupont Circle or Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan (Red Line) or U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo (Green and Yellow lines). You can also ride the DC Circulator or the Metrobus there as well.