Adams Morgan neighborhood guide

Get to know Washington DC area by area—the best local restaurants and bars, arts and entertainment and things to do in Adams Morgan

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The Jack Rose Saloon Bar, Adams Morgan, with more than 1,500 varieties on offer

The Jack Rose Saloon Bar, Adams Morgan, with more than 1,500 varieties on offer © Greg Powers


To the east of Dupont Circle, 18th Street becomes the main strip of lively Adams Morgan some nine walkable blocks north, known for its ethnic restaurants and diversity. Streetlife started out as Latino, with Africans and others livening the mix today.

The pace picks up at night, when 18th Street (up to and including the spots along Columbia Road, which intersects 18th Street at the top of the hill) morphs into a big bar and dining scene. The bars range from flat-out frat-boy hangouts to salsa and reggae clubs, and on warm summer evenings outdoor cafés pack in customers while the streets pack automobiles in futile late-night quests for parking spaces.

Restaurants and bars in Adams Morgan

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Were Jim Morrison ever to be reincarnated and transported to Washington, the response to his immortal request, "Show me the way to the next whiskey bar" would inevitably lead him to Jack Rose. This is, quite simply, the only place to drink whiskey in Washington, with a remarkable selection of more than 1,500 different varieties. The tall, clubby space feels like a library, with leather seats and ladders to help bartenders reach the highest bottles; if you don’t know much (or anything) about whiskey, don’t be afraid to ask, since the staff are happy to impart their wisdom. On sunnier days, there’s also an outdoor terrace and tiki bar.

  1. 2007 18th Street, NW, between California & Vernon Streets
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Mintwood Place

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Everything about this bistro is inviting—the relaxed, almost rustic decor that evokes an upscale farmhouse, the welcoming service and, most of all, the satisfying French-American comfort food, often presented with an inventive twist. You could easily make a meal of starters such as escargot hushpuppies and bacon-and-onion flammekuche, or dig into a wood-grilled bacon cheeseburger, President Obama’s pick when he dined here. But it would be a shame to miss out on entrées like the tagliatelle bolognese or roasted pork for two. For dessert, try the dreamy brownie sundae or the apple tart à la mode.

  1. 1813 Columbia Road, NW, at Biltmore Street
  2. Main courses $17–$35
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Roofers Union

  • Rated as: 4/5

If you’re willing to brave the college crowds to get there, this new three-floor spot, housed in the old Reef space, offers an experience far above Adams Morgan’s usual college-party feel. The smaller first-floor bar is great for a casual drink and bar snacks such as an andouille corn dog with house-made cheese Whiz, but it’s the second floor that’s the most striking, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a display of vintage coveralls hanging from one wall (once worn by roofers). Ripple chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s menu of small plates includes such playful offerings as a sweetbread po’ boy and a fudge sundae with pretzels; the choice of drinks runs from well-made cocktails to unusual wines to 22 draft beers, many of which are a reasonable $6. When it opens, the third level will be yet another option for drinking, as you take in sweeping views of the DC skyline.

  1. 2446 18th Street, NW, Adams Morgan
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Hotels in Adams Morgan

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Georgetown Area

Featuring a heated rooftop swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness centre, this Washington D.C. hotel is located in Georgetown and offers Wi-Fi free of charge to its guests. The White House is just 1.5 km away.A flat-screen TV, refrigerator and microwave are provided in each room at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Georgetown Area. Guests can brew coffee with the in-room Keurig coffee maker. En suite bathrooms come with a hairdryer and free toiletries.Guests of the Washington DC/Georgetown Area Hilton Garden Inn can enjoy dining at the Café Deluxe bistro, located on site. A 24-hour reception, meeting space and laundry facilities are also available.Dupont Circle is just 7 minutes’ walk from the Hilton Garden Inn. George Washington University is just 500 metres away, while three metro stations are within 1 km of the hotel, providing access to all of Washington D.C.

  1. 2201 M Street NW, 37
  2. $139.00 to $379.00 per night
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Dupont Circle Studios

Located in the nation’s capital, this Washington, D.C., apartments offers a living area and a full kitchen. An outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre are also featured. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is 5 miles away.The modern apartments at Dupont Circle Studios feature an elegant decor with hardwood floors throughout. Flat-screen TVs are provided and the full kitchens include a microwave, refrigerator and hob. Select apartments offer a sofa bed.The White House, George Washington University and IMF are less than 2 miles from Dupont Circle Studios. The studios are 5 minutes walk to Dupont Circle Metro Station on the redline.

  1. 2000 N St NW, 36
  2. $199.00 to $329.00 per night
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Residence Inn Washington, DC / Dupont Circle

Situated in the downtown Dupont Circle district, this hotel offers suites with high-speed internet and an on-site fitness center. It is 6 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.The spacious suites feature full kitchens equipped with a conventional oven, dishwasher, microwave oven and refrigerator. Each unit offers satellite TV with pay movies. Grocery shopping service is available.Residence Inn Washington, DC / Dupont Circle is located 1.2 miles from the White House and 2 miles from the Lincoln Memorial. It is close to the U.S. government buildings and prominent businesses.

  1. 2120 P Street Northwest, 37
  2. $169.00 to $369.00 per night
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Music and nightlife in Adams Morgan

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Were Jim Morrison ever to be reincarnated and transported to Washington, the response to his immortal request, "Show me the way to the next whiskey bar" would inevitably lead him to Jack Rose. This is, quite simply, the only place to drink whiskey in Washington, with a remarkable selection of more than 1,500 different varieties. The tall, clubby space feels like a library, with leather seats and ladders to help bartenders reach the highest bottles; if you don’t know much (or anything) about whiskey, don’t be afraid to ask, since the staff are happy to impart their wisdom. On sunnier days, there’s also an outdoor terrace and tiki bar.

  1. 2007 18th Street, NW, between California & Vernon Streets
More info

Roofers Union

  • Rated as: 4/5

If you’re willing to brave the college crowds to get there, this new three-floor spot, housed in the old Reef space, offers an experience far above Adams Morgan’s usual college-party feel. The smaller first-floor bar is great for a casual drink and bar snacks such as an andouille corn dog with house-made cheese Whiz, but it’s the second floor that’s the most striking, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a display of vintage coveralls hanging from one wall (once worn by roofers). Ripple chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s menu of small plates includes such playful offerings as a sweetbread po’ boy and a fudge sundae with pretzels; the choice of drinks runs from well-made cocktails to unusual wines to 22 draft beers, many of which are a reasonable $6. When it opens, the third level will be yet another option for drinking, as you take in sweeping views of the DC skyline.

  1. 2446 18th Street, NW, Adams Morgan
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Habana Village

Latin dance-lovers come here to drink mojitos and get sweaty to a live band. Three stories of music inspire dancers from all nationalities and all levels of proficiency to grab a stranger’s hand and get swinging. Expect live merengue, salsa, and bachata on the top floor, and crowded dance rooms with fans going at full blast.

  1. 1834 Columbia Road, NW, Biltmore Street & Mintwood Place, Adams Morgan
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Shopping in Adams Morgan

Meeps

Recently taken over by the owners of 14th Street’s Treasury boutique, Meeps is Treasury’s younger, edgier sister, who loves vintage rock and roll tees, combat boots and big sunglasses. Meeps also has a great selection of local magazines and costumes, should you be in town for Halloween.

  1. 2104 18th Street, NW, California Street & Wyoming Avenue, Adams Morgan
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