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An independent streak a mile long
One-of-a-kind record stores, bookshops, furniture and jewelry boutiques, funky coffee shops (with free wireless so you can lounge with your laptop) and a thriving nightlife scene make Adams Morgan a favorite for locals and visitors during the day and into the evening. Wander the tree-lined side streets to see historic architecture; or, hit up Adams Morgan Day in September for some of the best music, pop-up shops and people-watching the city has to offer. But really, any day can be Adams Morgan Day – fresh-baked cupcakes, a bar with the biggest bourbon selection in the city, the winners of "best ofs" like new restaurant and thrift store, all open year round. And they’re just a short stroll from the Dupont Circle, U Street and the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro stop.
Where to find your vinyl: Crooked Beat Records
Known for its variety, Crooked Beat Records is fully stocked with all types of music and a knowledgeable staff committed to helping you find the right beats for any collection.
2116 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Related: DC’s Vinyl Scene
Where to shop vintage: Meeps
Meeps has spent the last 20-plus years as an 18th Street staple, but in 2012, it reopened under new management. Vintage gems in this store date back to the 1960s.
2104 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Related: Indie Boutiques
Where to buy your next great read: Idle Time Books
Idle Time Books is a book-lover's haven of used and out-of-print books, which line the shelves of three whole floors. Snag one and don’t forget to peruse the fun selection of greeting cards.
2467 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Related: Neighborhood Bookstores
Where to read your next book: Tryst Coffeehouse
Take a seat in any of the mismatched chairs that dot this large and laid-back cafe. From iced Cubanos to cappuccinos to strong cups of coffee, the talented baristas here mean business. Try to sit under the skylight if you can. Craft beer and wine are available, too.
2459 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Where to splurge for dinner: Mintwood Place
When President Obama and the First Lady chose this neighborhood restaurant, people paid attention. When it took home the RAMMY for DC’s Best New Restaurant in 2013, people reserved their tables. New American cuisine with a handle on French fare is the eatery’s MO (think: crispy escargot hush puppies and flavorful beef bourguignon).
1813 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009
Where to get your falafel on: Amsterdam Falafelshop
The most practiced falafel experts swear by Amsterdam Falafelshop not only for its crisp round fritters of spice-laden chickpeas, but also its well-appointed self-serve sauces and toppings bar. Oh, and did we mention three kinds of pickles and frites with mayo? Whether at noon or 2 a.m., it’s perfect for a quick bite.
2425 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Where to get solid yucca fries: The Grill from Ipanema
Memorize these two Portuguese words: mandioca frita. Say 'em to a server at the Brazilian-inspired Grill from Ipanema for some surprisingly tasty yucca fries. You also can’t go wrong with the mixed grill with tender hunks of flame-cooked beef, juicy chicken, zesty pork and plump sausage.
1858 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009
Where to drink whiskey, Scotch or any other manly brown liquor: Jack Rose Dining Saloon
You’d be hard pressed to find a more robust whiskey list than what Jack Rose has to offer. Single malt Scotch, blended Scotch, Irish whiskey, domestic whiskey and bourbon – it’s all there. And if you’re looking for plaudits, Esquire magazine named the bar among its “Best Bars in America, 2013.”
2007 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Where to salsa: Habana Village
Get up and step to lively Cuban beats and blaring horn sections at this Columbia Avenue retreat. Never danced salsa before? Talented instructors will guide you on Wednesday through Saturday nights for $10.
1834 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009
Where to hear live tunes: Madam’s Organ Blues Bar
For more than 20 years, Madam’s Organ Blues Bar has been an Adams Morgan nightlife anchor. With live music every night of the week and four levels of fun – plus some of the stiffest drinks you can find – it’s easy to see why this bar has staying power.
2461 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Where to eat after bar time: The Diner
Yes, you get the pressed tin ceilings and handmade shakes of an old school diner, but weekly specials like short rib and spiced butternut squash, lentil and goat cheese salad, bump it up a notch. Its motto, “serving early birds, night owls and everyone in between,” is backed up by a full menu offered 24-7.
2453 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
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