Best things to do at night in Washington DC

8th September 2017

Do you like to see the sights at night? Here are the best things to do at night in Washington DC

Washington DC’s entertainment does not end when the sun goes down and the museums close. After dark, DC offers an array of night time activities, so you can continue exploring America’s capital city. From experiencing the city’s nightlife, to watching live performances, here is a list of the best things to do at night in Washington DC according to our travel expert Karen.

Continue to view monuments

Washington DC’s memorials and monuments are not something to see only during the day. At night, they give off a completely different beauty.

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Watch the sunset behind the Thomas Jefferson memorial, see Abraham Lincoln illuminated inside his memorial, and witness the lights shining up at the Iwo Jima Memorial. These sights are just as picturesque in the dark as they are in the day, if not more.

Performances at the Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center is a large performing arts centre home to the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera. Here, you can also catch amazing shows from ballet and classical music, to comedy and jazz shows. Every night at 6pm, the Kennedy Center offers free live performances on the Millennium Stage. Watching a performance at this famous centre is the perfect way to fill your night in DC.

Go see a sporting event at the Verizon Center

Sports are on the rise in Washington DC, and are often a huge attraction at night. Both the Washington Wizards basketball team and the Washington Capitals hockey team play at the Verizon Center sports arena.

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The Verizon Center offers a whole set of entertainment on its own. After you cheer on a DC team, the Verizon Center neighbourhood has a wide variety of bars and restaurants to keep the night going.

Listen to the music of U Street

Catch a glimpse into DC’s music scene and save a night to explore U Street. The U Street Music Hall is a famous concert venue that has artists from around the world come to play. Black Cat features local DC bands playing alternative/punk/indie music, and JoJo Restaurant & Bar has everything Jazz and Blues. With so many bars and restaurants playing live music, walking down U Street is definitely one of the best things to do at night in Washington DC.

DC Improv

For a night of fun and laughs, a comedy show in Washington DC is a must. DC Improv is the capital city’s #1 comedy club, ensuring that whatever show you go to will have you falling out of your seat with laughter.

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This club has a full menu, so get a drink and some fettuccine jambalaya while relaxing and watching the show. A comedy show is a great way to end your night in DC, before heading out to more tourist sights the next day.

Haunted Pub Tour

A haunted pub tour is one of the best ways to get to know Washington DC’s chilling past and exciting pub scene. A walking tour takes you to some of the most famous monuments and sights, incorporating history into the ghost tour. Your costumed tour guide tells you the ghost stories of these sights, while you get to enjoy drinks along the way. A haunted pub tour is a perfect alternative to the classic sightseeing tour.

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By Karen Whyte

Reservations Supervisor

Favourite Destination: One of my favourite destinations in the States is Memphis, Tennessee. It oozes southern charm and hospitality, Beale Street comes alive at night with Blues and Jazz Bars, BB King’s being the most famous. A visit to Memphis wouldn’t be complete without a tour of Graceland, the home of the late Elvis Presley (with whom I share a birthday) Not forgetting Sun Studios and the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum, for all the music lovers.

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