Adams Morgan

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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 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 vintage clothing store Meeps has a loyal following. 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. Urban Dwell’s DC-themed gifts and accessories are sure to please, while Idle Time Books' vast collection of used, rare and out-of-print books is a great spot for a post-dinner browse.

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 visit Morton Fine Art and 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

Mintwood Place - Dining in Adams Morgan - Washington, DC

Food-wise, there’s a plethora of restaurants to choose from in Adams Morgan. By day the neighborhood bustles with families and creative types lounging with laptops in cafes like Tryst and Philz Coffee.

The energetic food scene is highlighted by Roofers Union, a top spot for gourmet brats and burgers, and the Mediterranean-meets-Caribbean Michelin star recipient Tail Up Goat. 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 renowned chef Cedric Maupillier, which offers a French-influenced American menu.

And last but not least, visitors can sing and dance the night away at countless bars, enjoy live music at Madam's Organ, Songbyrd or Bossa before ending the night with one of Jack Rose Dining Saloon's seemingly endless whiskey selection or a visit to The Diner, open 24/7.

Chefs Dish DC: Victor Albisu Explores Adams Morgan

Spend a day full of good vibes and views in the neighborhood with 2015 RAMMY Chef of the Year Victor Albisu of Del Campo. Stoke your appetite and tune in to this foodie adventure as Albisu digs in to delicious breads at Tail Up Goat, one of the best new restaurants in the country, savors sushi at Perry's and bolts down brats at Roofers Union. 

Locals Love

Patio-friendly Tryst cafe, Roofers Union rooftop, Muzette's private room karaoke, barbecue at the Federalist Pig or Smoke & Barrel, hookah bars, and late night at Amsterdam Falafel.

Getting There

Parking here is tough – especially at night. Instead, take the Metro to Dupont Circle or Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan (Red Line). You can also take the DC Circulator or the Metrobus to Adams Morgan.