Dupont Circle Bars

Dupont Circle is home to some of the city's most interesting bars and lounges; no surprise, as it's also home to an eclectic mix of Washington, D.C., residents. From laid-back local bars to ultra chic clubs, the bars of Dupont Circle prove that when stiff drinks meet eccentricity, fun and excitement surely follows. See for yourself in our list of best Dupont Circle bars. (Pictured: Buffalo Billiards. Photo by Flikr user Jeff Kubina)

Updated: July 27, 2010

Dupont Circle Bars

The Front Page Restaurant & Grille

1333 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

A popular spot for after-work drinks among young office types, this headline-themed watering hole has multiple bars, daily drink specials and a bustling dance floor with a DJ on the weekends. Thursday's beer and taco happy hour guarantees a full house.

Lucky Bar

1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Dupont Circle's Lucky Bar prides itself in two things: cheap beer and sports. With one bar downstairs and two upstairs, booths to order food and about 25 mounted TVs turned to matches from around the world, Lucky Bar has become a popular spot for catching soccer games. A Saturday night DJ transforms the first floor into a sizzling dance floor.

Cafe Citron

1343 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Cafe Citron's Latin vibe feels chic and authentic--bartenders serve up delicious mojitos and frozen margaritas, and revelers shake to the sounds of reggaeton, bachata, salsa and merengue. A happy hour Monday through Saturday from 4pm to 7pm features $4 mojitos, Cuervo margaritas and sangria, as well as $3 Coronas.


1321 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

This recently re-located ?Alice in Wonderland? themed drinking house has transformed into a more upscale bar, but the arcade games and upside-down party room preserve the bar's quirkiness.

18th Street Lounge

1212 18th St Nw, Washington, DC 20036

Ultra trendy 18th Street Lounge is Dupont's spot for beautiful people. The unmarked door and strict dress code makes getting in somewhat tricky, but once inside, the upscale house-party atmosphere is one of a kind.

Buffalo Billiards

1330 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

If you're looking for a friendly spot to shoot pool and play shuffleboard, this spacious billiards hall has a large beer selection and a dozen TVs. Going to catch a big game? Get there early to stake out a spot--the bar gets packed on these nights.

Cafe Japone

2032 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Most patrons bypass the loungey first floor and head upstairs to the crowded karaoke bar, which offers 22,000 sing-along tunes six nights a week--excluding Tuesday.

Public Bar

1214 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Lofted ceilings make wall space for about 40 mounted TVs at this enormous Dupont Circle sports lounge. A daily happy hour runs from 5pm to 7pm, and a Top 40 DJ spins Thursday through Saturday nights. On a hot evening, you'll find everyone up on the rooftop.

Fly Lounge

1802 Jefferson Pl NW, Washington, DC 20036

You may feel like you're on a plane at this small and exclusive 747-themed bar, complete with ?flight attendant? bartenders. A hip-hop and Top 40 DJ, DJ Dirty Hands, keeps ?passengers? dancing till 3am.

Fox & Hounds Lounge

1537 17TH St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Cheerful and attentive bartenders pour strong drinks and a jukebox provides the musical entertainment at this low-key 17th Street saloon. A spacious outdoor patio makes Fox and Hounds Lounge prime for the popular sport of people-watching.