When night falls over Washington DC, the nation’s capital wakes up. Revel in the nightlife of upscale Dupont Circle or Georgetown, explore the edgy nightclubs of H Street and Adams Morgan, or take a city tour to see historic monuments by moonlight. Here’s how to dig DC after dark.
Night Sightseeing Tours
Avoid the crowds and take a small-group tour to Washington’s iconic sights while they are the least crowded—after dark. Learn about the country’s history while gazing up at the Lincoln Memorial’s dramatically lit columns and see the nighttime scurry behind the glowing windows of the White House. There are evening photo safaris, Segway tours, and even after-dark biking tours. Customizable van tours take the hassle out of navigating huge swaths of the city after dark, and guides can also point out dance clubs and other DC nightlife hot spots to visit following the tour.
Take it all in from the Potomac on a sunset dinner cruise. Luxury yachts ply the river’s waters on a course past the illuminated Washington Monument. Enjoy a multicourse meal, live music, and even dancing—a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening in the District.
Pub and Brewery Tours
Sip and savor Washington DC’s nightlife scene and leave the navigating up to local guides. There’s a tour for virtually every bar-loving audience. Take a haunted pub crawl in Alexandria, see the city sights by rickshaw with wine in hand, sample whiskey from local distilleries, sip brews from some of the city’s best bars on a curated bar crawl, find wine bars serving local vintages, find hidden rooftop bars, or try food pairings on a brewpub tour.