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Dupont Circle's nightlife has a headlining star, and it is called Heist. A sophisticated underground nightclub and lounge featuring unique cocktails and a hip crowd, this spot is guaranteed to be popping on any given night of the week. With a great sound system blaring the latest hits, an expansive dance floor and even a menu of delectable appetizers, Heist promises "grandeur fun and light-hearted delinquency." They are perhaps best known for their beautiful bar area - the sparkly light fixtures on the ceiling bring to mind a starry night sky.
Eighteenth Street Lounge does not advertise and there is not much of a sign over the sliver of a door. But despite the lack of marketing, the place is full of beautiful people dancing, singing and drinking. There are two floors of live or DJ-spun tunes. Newcomers should be sure to wear their best threads or risk rejection at the door. The interiors are upscale and antique-looking, with Middle Eastern influences adding an alluring charm to the decor. Sit back and enjoy a well concocted cocktail or simply head on to the dance-floor and groove to the eclectic music.
Eden perhaps makes time travel possible with its futuristic clubbing experience and decor, with three different themed levels. People also have the chance to dance beneath the stars on Eden's beautifully decorated and arranged rooftop space. The service is top quality, regardless of how busy it gets, visitors will have the benefit of being every staff member's top priority. Special VIP and guest list services are also available.
Opera Ultra Lounge isn't only a nightclub, it's an experience. With state-of-the-art electronics, including lighting and sound, you'll feel like you've stepped into another world. Order a cocktail and enjoy the elegant and high tech atmosphere as you listen to live music or a DJ.
Black Cat is the place to come to see the latest local bands. This club features rock, pop and rhythm-and-blues artists and has been known to book some big names, such as Morphine and The Foo Fighters frequently. Live acts perform in the main space while an eclectic mix of young party animals hangs out in the Red Room. Light fare is available, and the bar has microbrews on tap.
Although its physical location makes Tropicalia easy to walk past, its reputation ensures that people search for the staircase beside the subway that leads to this entertaining space. There is none of the dinginess you would normally associate with a basement space; on the contrary, you will find psychedelic lights in pretty much any color you can think of. Situated in the U Street Corridor, this dance hall attempts to bring some Brazilian flavor to the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC. The DJ ensures that you groove to the Brazilian beats on the dance floor, but there's more to come; you can also catch live Brazilian bands on Sunday nights.
This club and music venue opened its doors in March of 2010 and has since become the go-to place in DC to see fresh new acts and well-known artists. Being a DJ-owned establishment, U Street Music Hall features some of the best, from the sound system to cork-cushioned dance floors. The two separate and fully stocked bars means getting your cocktails is a breeze, with none of the usual attention-grabbing antics for the bartender's attention. Check their schedule as there is often a band worth catching at U Street.
Spread out over five luxurious floors, Ultrabar is any club-lover's paradise. The club heralds itself as a combination of an ultra-exclusive lounge and a trendy, happening nightclub. Each floor has its own sound system, style and events. The main floor pays homage to its beautiful historic architecture (it was once a bank) with the addition of glowing chic chandeliers and a constant parade of DC's most popular DJs. For those looking to enjoy the ultimate club experience, bottle service is available throughout the club.
Echostage is Washington DC's largest nightlife concert venue. Boasting advanced LED visual displays, state of the art sound systems and an impressively expansive dance floor, it's no surprise why high caliber artists such as David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Tiesto flock to this venue. Expect a vibrant and upbeat crowd at Echostage.