Eighteenth Street Lounge

Dupont Circle
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Eighteenth Street Lounge
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Over 20 years since first opening, ESL remains DC's coolest and most exclusive lounge. Housed in a former mansion, the space exudes a laid-back house party vibe (replete with vintage-inspired couches and sparkling chandeliers) that keeps locals coming back. Fair warning: The dress code is notoriously strict, so it's best to leave your flip-flops at home. If you manage to get past the doormen, you'll be treated to top-notch DJs and live bands playing traditional jazz, funk and reggae.

Venue name: Eighteenth Street Lounge
Address: 1212 18th Street, NW
Dupont Circle
Washington, DC

Cross street: between M Street and Jefferson Place
Opening hours: Tue–Thu 5:30pm–2am; Fri 5:30pm–3am; Sat 9:30pm–3am; Sun 9pm–2am
Transport: Farragut North or Dupont Circle Metro
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