by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
Every night you have an option: stay at home in your pajamas, or get out there and meet someone. To the latter end, we've uncovered the best singles bars and clubs in D.C. and ranked them by personality?whether you're looking for a Democrat, Republican, preppy or a sports fan (and more), we've got you covered. Of course, you'll also need a killer outfit and reliable wingman/woman, but you're on your own there.
Updated: June 29, 2010
Says Citysearch Dictator Laura W.: "Watch for Hill staffers unwinding at Elephant and Castle or Fourth Estate: Just be warned, in these circles it's considered professional discretion, not personal affront, to talk about 'my member.' They mean their boss."
"Policy is great for meeting singles ready to mingle and hook up!" says Citysearch Dictator Krista L. The chic 14th Street bar is Dem-friendly both in practice (no lists, covers or velvet ropes) and patronage; young Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau celebrated a birthday here with his White House friends.
This U Street bar--and its famous rooftop deck--is consistently ranked as the city's best singles bar from diverse sources. W magazine once called it the "unofficial liberal hangout"; the venue hosts photo and art exhibits and happy hours for various Democratically inclined groups.
Don't expect to find Obama staffers at this bar named after a stretch of Nantucket sand. The exclusive Georgetown hangout, established as a gathering spot for "alumni of prominent schools in the East," has hosted D.C. Young Republicans gatherings and was a favorite stop of the Bush twins.
This three-story K Street restaurant and lounge boasts an impressive collection of Latin-inspired cocktails and themed dance nights throughout the week. "Glow" Thursdays feature house and electronic dance music from top worldwide DJs on the main floor. With a dance floor, glowing lights and the glass-walled DJ booth, it's a place to see and be seen.
If you're in the mood to dance with a handsome stranger, try looking on the dance floor (or on the tables) at this Dupont restaurant and nightclub. It packs a powerful punch with a beloved mojito list and Latin music; there's a salsa band 8pm Tuesdays and free salsa lessons 8pm Wednesdays.
Citysearch Dictator Blair R. says her friends have had luck at this Georgetown bar right on the waterfront. On warm nights, this outdoor watering hole is packed. With the nearby yachts and upscale seafood joints, expect to see plenty of khaki, polos and pearls.
According to the Express, encounters at this Columbia Heights dive have produced at least five marriages since it opened its doors in 2004. Head upstairs (if there's room) to hit the sweaty, gyrating dance floor, or order a beer downstairs and strike up a convo with a cute stranger in an ironic T-shirt.
Lucky Bar draws a young, single crowd looking to meet over cheap beers and post-game dancing. The sports bar clears the floor on weekends to make room for dancing when happy hour begets late-night revelry. Find other sports fans--particularly soccer--and celebrate long after the game.