Best Georgetown Bars

One walk down M Street on a Saturday night and you'll understand why Georgetown's nightlife is legendary. Nearly every night a throng of revelers--grungy students, wide-eyed tourists, guys with popped collars, girls in clingy dresses--descend on Wisconsin Avenue and M Street to sample the neighborhood's bars and clubs. Whether you like upscale urban lounges, casual bars or vibrant jazz clubs, Georgetown has the perfect venue to mix and mingle. (Photo by Flikr user jsmjr)

Updated: June 24, 2010

Best Bars in Georgetown

Mr. Smith's of Georgetown

3104 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

With a piano set in the main room, live bands upstairs and some of the best drink specials in town, Mr. Smith's is heavy on the tunes and light on the wallet. Check out the patio garden in back, the largest in Georgetown with room for 150 revelers.

Saloun In Georgetown

3239 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

For a modest cover charge (usually just a few bucks), experience local jazz talent, a swingin? dance floor and friendly, heavy-handed bartenders. A young crowd fills this dark and intimate bar, which is a musical escape from the typical trendy nightclubs of D.C.

The Third Edition

1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

A Georgetown fixture since 1969, this saloon draws a loyal crowd of students, young professionals and locals with its multiple bars, packed dance floor and tiki-themed outdoor terrace. If the bumping and grinding upstairs doesn't appeal, try the main bar downstairs; it was used as a location in the 1985 film ?St. Elmo's Fire?!

Old Glory

3139 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Check out Old Glory for a laid-back and comfortable bar atmosphere complemented by an all-American barbecue bar menu. On a nice night, head upstairs to the balcony bar and sip a drink overlooking Wisconsin Avenue.

Garrett's Restaurant And Railroad Tavern

3003 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

With a total of three bars on two floors, revelers jam to the Internet jukebox, which offers access to more than 100,000 different songs. Nightly drink specials and worthwhile happy hour deals makes Garrett's a fine choice for drinking on a dime.


3101 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Open until 2am every day of the week, this Asian-Latino fusion sushi bar and cocktail lounge is chic and stylish with an underground feel. A standout among the Georgetown lounge scene, Mate is a popular pre-club hangout. The mojitos are a must.


3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

If you can get on the list, George guarantees a rocking night with lots of drinking and dancing. A crowd-pleasing DJ, a well-staffed long bar and several leathery nooks make George a hot spot for its good-looking and wealthy clientele.

Rhino Bar & Pumphouse

3295 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

College students flock to Rhino Bar & Pumphouse for the wings, the dance floor and the beer. With no cover, friendly bartenders and the regular undergrad clientele, Rhino is the closest thing to a dive bar you'll find along M street.