Adams Morgan

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18th Street in Adams Morgan - Neighborhood in Washington, DC

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This culturally diverse neighborhood is known for its nightlife and eclectic dining scene thanks to all the bars and restaurants dotting the 18th Street corridor.

18th Street in Adams Morgan at night - Things to do in Washington, DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood

Adams Morgan is much more than a neighborhood with a crowded nightlife scene. You’ll find historic row houses around 18th Street, including the Adam's Inn B&B, as well as a variety of independently owned stores.

The popular vintage clothing store Meeps has a loyal following. There you’ll see fun, trendy looks that are actually affordable. Men might hit the jackpot at Commonwealth, finding apparel, footwear and accessories perfect for their wardrobe. Urban Dwell’s DC-themed gifts and accessories are sure to please, while Idle Time Books' vast collection of used, rare and out-of-print books is a great spot for a post-dinner browse.

Fitness buffs flock to Solidcore, a full-body workout that uses slow and controlled movements to work your muscles to failure. Yes, you read that correctly.

Art lovers should visit the DC Arts Center, an art gallery and performance space that supports emerging artists in the city. On any given day you can catch anything from Improv Wars in the theater to Facebook Photos by Poets in the gallery.

Whether you’re staying or stopping by, The LINE DC makes for an awesome stop on your voyage through Adams Morgan. Beyond being a DC-inspired hotel housed inside a 110-year old church, The LINE also offers an all-day cafe and Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurant from acclaimed chef Erik Bruner-Yang, as well as a rooftop bar, a community center and a community radio station broadcasting from within the hotel.

Held the second Sunday in September, visitors will enjoy the annual Adams Morgan Day, featuring live music and international food from around the world. You’ll find sidewalk cafes, unique vendors, and cultural demonstrations and dances. Salsa, anyone?

Perry's Rooftop bar and restaurant in Adams Morgan - Where to eat in DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood

Food-wise, there’s a plethora of restaurants to choose from in Adams Morgan. By day the neighborhood bustles with families and creative types lounging with laptops in cafes like Tryst and Philz Coffee.

The energetic food scene is highlighted by Roofers Union, a top spot for gourmet brats and burgers, and the Michelin star recipient Tail Up Goat. International spots round out the roster of restaurants, including Donburi, a Japanese restaurant serving rice bowl dishes in a minimalist space with counter seating, Sakuramen and long-running Middle Eastern spot Mama Ayesha's.

Perpendicular to the main drag down 18th Street you'll find Columbia Road, a sleepier street with can't-miss dining options like Mintwood Place, which offers a French-influenced American menu.

And last but not least, visitors can enjoy the animated nightlife at Songbyrd or Bossa before ending the night with one of Jack Rose Dining Saloon's seemingly endless whiskey selection or a visit to The Diner, open 24/7.

Chefs Dish DC: Victor Albisu Explores Adams Morgan

Spend a day full of good vibes and views in the neighborhood with 2015 RAMMY Chef of the Year Victor Albisu. Stoke your appetite and tune in to this foodie adventure as Albisu digs in to delicious breads at Tail Up Goat, one of the Bon Appétit's 2016 best new restaurants in the country, savors sushi at Perry's and bolts down brats at Roofers Union.

Locals Love

Patio-friendly Tryst cafe, Roofers Union rooftop, Muzette's private room karaoke, barbecue at the Federalist Pig or Smoke & Barrel, hookah bars, and late night grub at Amsterdam Falafel.

Getting There

Parking here is tough – especially at night. Instead, take the Metro to Dupont Circle or Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan (Red Line). You can also take the DC Circulator or the Metrobus to Adams Morgan.