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Best Nightlife Experiences in Washington DC

By Viator, February 2018

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When night falls over Washington DC, the nation’s capital wakes up. Revel in the nightlife of upscale Dupont Circle or Georgetown, explore the edgy nightclubs of H Street and Adams Morgan, or take a city tour to see historic monuments by moonlight. Here’s how to dig DC after dark.

Night Sightseeing Tours
Avoid the crowds and take a small-group tour to Washington’s iconic sights while they are the least crowded—after dark. Learn about the country’s history while gazing up at the Lincoln Memorial’s dramatically lit columns and see the nighttime scurry behind the glowing windows of the White House. There are evening photo safaris, Segway tours, and even after-dark biking tours. Customizable van tours take the hassle out of navigating huge swaths of the city after dark, and guides can also point out dance clubs and other DC nightlife hot spots to visit following the tour.

Night Cruises
Take it all in from the Potomac on a sunset dinner cruise. Luxury yachts ply the river’s waters on a course past the illuminated Washington Monument. Enjoy a multicourse meal, live music, and even dancing—a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening in the District.

Pub and Brewery Tours
Sip and savor Washington DC’s nightlife scene and leave the navigating up to local guides. There’s a tour for virtually every bar-loving audience. Take a haunted pub crawl in Alexandria, see the city sights by rickshaw with wine in hand, sample whiskey from local distilleries, sip brews from some of the city’s best bars on a curated bar crawl, find wine bars serving local vintages, find hidden rooftop bars, or try food pairings on a brewpub tour.

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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley, Washington DC, null
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1544 Reviews

You haven't seen Washington DC until you've seen it at night! On this narrated evening tour, you'll enjoy the sights and sounds of Washington DC, and see ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.00
Washington DC Guided Night Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Washington DC Guided Night Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 698 Reviews

Take a guided evening tour of Washington DC’s monuments and memorials -- majestic by day and spectacular when floodlit at night! See the Lincoln Memorial and ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.00
Washington DC Twilight Tour, Washington DC, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Washington DC Twilight Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 104 Reviews

Join this Guided open-air, London style Double-Decker bus tour that allows you to see America's Capital City when she's at her most beautiful: by twilight! On ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Washington DC becomes even more beautiful after the sun sets. Join us on our 2-hour fully-narrated Night Tour to discover the nation's capital in a different ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.00
Washington DC Odyssey Dinner Cruise, Washington DC, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Washington DC Odyssey Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 88 Reviews

Come aboard Washington's premier dining ship! This 2.5-3 hour dinner cruise takes you along the Potomac River for panoramic views of the nation's greatest ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.67
Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van, Washington DC, Dinner Cruises
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 74 Reviews

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this private, 3-4-hour, sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a comfortable ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $240.00
Epic Washington DC Evening Tour: Small-Group Van Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Epic Washington DC Evening Tour: Small-Group Van Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 295 Reviews

This evening small group bus tour is 30 minutes longer than most other companies ensuring all guests an epic evening in Washington DC. It offers the ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Spirit of Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Spirit of Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

4 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Experience the Potomac River on a sunset dinner, dancing and sightseeing cruise, where you'll see Washington DC’s famous skyline from a luxury boat. As your ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.23
Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour, Washington DC, Dinner Cruises
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 129 Reviews

Experience a whole different side of Washington, DC during our Monuments By Night tour! Climb into our all-electric Red Roadsters and tour the National Mall in ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00
Washington DC Essential Hop-On Hop-Off plus Bonus Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Washington DC Essential Hop-On Hop-Off plus Bonus Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

From the comfort of climate-controlled tour buses, explore the sights of Washington DC with a hop-on hop-off pass that provides easy transportation to the ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $42.00

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