Lively, Spirited, Diverse, Laid-back, Ethnic
Adams Morgan is much more than a neighborhood with a crowded nightlife scene.
You’ll find historic row houses around 18th Street, 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 Lost City 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?
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 a whiskey at Jack Rose Dining Saloon from its seemingly endless selection or a visit to The Diner, open 24/7.
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