Showtime Lounge

Bars, Dive bars Northwest
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4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Showtime Lounge
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This cash-only dive modeled after a living room tends to get sweaty. You can blame that on a free jukebox full of long forgotten ’50s soul songs and Showtime’s house band, Granny and the Boys—a quintet led by an 81-year-old woman. If you haven’t already guessed it, this place is quirky. A $5 Natty Boh/shot special will give you the courage to ask someone to dance. Things typically don’t kick off until 11 or later, so plan on this being your final destination for the night.


Venue name: Showtime Lounge
Address: 113 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC

Cross street: at V St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 2pm–2am, Fri–Sat 2pm–3am, Sun 3pm–2am
Transport: Shaw/Howard U Metro
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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I love having a bar like this in Washington, D.C., a city that generally leans toward nicer, clean-cut establishments. Because that it not what this bar is. Showtime reminds me a bit of divey, hipster Baltimore: a little wild, dirty, cheap, and lots of fun. This is an awesome, approachable bar in the great neighborhood of Bloomingdale. I probably wouldn’t bring anyone here to impress them. It’s the kind of place you bring a close friend to chill out and have a good time. The music is alternative and loud, and the place sort of resembles a comic book cave. Definitely check it out.