Going Out Guide: Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city and with good reason. There is so much life and character to Dupont that we always suggest guests make a point to go. If you’re looking for a place to grab food or drinks, Dupont is a great option. With some assistance from a friend of the blog (thanks, Jackie!), we’ve compiled some great suggestions for everyone. Dinner, drinks, dancing and drunk eats- what more could you need?!


Misson (1606 20th St NW)

We have a super soft spot for a place with great chips & salsa and amazing drinks. Mission delivers on everything. Lots of chips, lots of salsa, lots of tequila. Seriously, they have something like 50+ types of tequila. They describe themselves as a combination of Mexican comfort foods with American flair. Truthfully that could mean anything depending on who reads that… but, their food is delicious. You can’t really go wrong, but we suggest the enchiladas if you’re stuck.

Kramerbooks/Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave NW)

As huge readers, being able to have a delicious brunch inside a super indie bookstore is basically a dream. Afterwords Cafe is a must for everyone visiting DC. It is really underrated but we suspect a lot of that has to do with the fact that it is a bit hard to find. You have to walk through the bookstore to find it so don’t get too confused. It is a bit pricey, but they also have a walk up coffee bar if you want to experience it for a little less money.

Firefly (1310 New Hampshire Ave NW)

Firefly is a restaurant built around a living tree. Sounds cool, right? It really is. It has an amazing ambiance inside. They also have great American comfort food with a bit of an upscale twist. We’ve had some of our favorite french toast from here. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can test it out at any point in the day. It’s also one of the places we’ve been able to find great Acai bowls in the city…just saying.


Madhatter (1319 Connecticut Ave NW)

You probably just said, “Sounds like Alice in Wonderland”. You know the guy…the one with the huge top hat who played games with Alice. Well this bar follows the same theme. This is the bar that many people flock to. It has a clubby vibe with a separate bar and dance floor. They have a specialty drink, called “The Hat”, that comes in a clear plastic hat. It’s a mess–super sugary, lots of different types of alcohol but it’s definitely one of those #doitforthegram drinks. Madhatter is also open for brunch, lunch and dinner, all of which are quite good.

18th St Lounge (1212 18th St NW)

If you’re a bit of a history buff who likes a good drink, 18th St. Lounge is a must for you. While the entrance leaves a lot to be desired (it’s a sketchy looking door), when you walk into the multi-level bar you’ll feel like you have been transported back in time. Live jazz plays upstairs and the downstairs gives off a bit of a speakeasy vibe. The decor includes a lot velvety couches and sparkly chandeliers. There is a deck bar on the roof so you can get some outdoor time if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s got cheap happy hours AND former President Teddy Roosevelt used to live in the building. What more could you want?

Saufhaus (1216 18th St NW)

Looking for great beers, generous pours and a cheap happy hour? Look no further! Saufhaus is a great beer garden. They also serve great Bavarian soft pretzels as appetizers with the beer so really you don’t need to go anywhere else. Their patio is quite large but they also have space inside if that’s more your thing. They have live music on the weekends and are known to have some great events throughout the year. A rock, paper, scissors contest or an Eyes Wide Shut New Years party? Sign us up! It’s also great if you want to watch a sports game while drinking some local brews.

The Front Page (1333 New Hampshire Ave NW)

Voted BEST Happy Hour in DC…what more could you want!? The Front Page has dirt cheap happy hour so be prepared to see a lot of fellow young professionals. At least you’ll be in good company! It’s a pretty casual place which is perfect for after work drinks or if you’re like us and would rather be comfortable at a bar. They stay open late and turn into a more clubby place complete with a dance floor. You can visit at all hours of the day because they also serve a great brunch and lunch.

Buffalo Billiards (1330 19th St NW)

Known as the “Sports Bar of Dupont Circle”, look no further if you want to grab a chill drink with friends. They have trivia on Wednesday nights so you can gather all your new friends (or make some there!) and learn a thing or two! You’ll feel right at home in Buffalo Billiards among their shuffleboard and pool tables. If those aren’t your speed they also have skeeball, darts, foosball and more! Truthfully, you can’t go wrong with a good sports bar so if you’re looking for something reliable, here’s your answer!

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Surfside Taco (1800 N St NW)

A 24 hour taco stand. Need we say more? You can’t go wrong here. Trust us. If you don’t, check out Lauren’s review on it!


Keep an eye out for more Going Out Guides and let us know what neighborhood you’re dying to see one for!

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