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14 Hot Spots For a Proper Girls Night Out

Where to step out with the ladies

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In this crazy world, a simple ladies night out can really work wonders for the soul. D.C.'s "work hard, play hard" mentality means there's no shortage of places to eat and drink in this city. But when looking for a place that combines the class, sass and fun of a true ladies night out — where's a modern woman expected to go?

This list is complete with pro-grrrl-power players (drinks at D.C.'s women-owned distillery Republic Restoratives), dance-the-night-away options (Eighteenth Street Lounge), let's-focus-on-the-food hangouts (Himitsu), a few classic cocktail havens (Columbia Room) and more.


So gather the squad and enjoy these happening spots for an unforgettable girls night out.

Know of another incredibly fun place to party? Sound off in the comments or shoot tips over to dc@eater.com.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Columbia Room

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124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 316-9396
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The trendy Columbia Room’s outdoor Punch Garden is a great place to grab drinks on a sunny day, and the new spring menu is inspired by Parisian living. Trés jolie.

2. Denizens Brewing Co.

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1115 E West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 557-9818
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Celebrate all things beer with hops-loving ladies at this women-owned brewery located in neighboring Silver Spring.

3. Dirty Habit

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700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-6060
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Feeling sophisticated? Lounge in the bar of this Penn Quarter retreat. There’s an outdoor terrace, too — the perfect place to unwind beneath the stars.

4. Eighteenth Street Lounge

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1212 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 667-7960
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Every night is dancing night at this converted Dupont Circle townhouse turned large, rambling bar. Pick out the perfect shoes and grab a partner.

5. The Gibson

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2009 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 232-2156
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This tony bar offers speakeasy vibes without being too much of a hassle to secure a table.

6. Haikan

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805 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 299-1000
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The best girlfriends are the girlfriends who like ramen. Haikan’s carefully composed menu means cocktails and a variety of appetizers are also available. Pair a meal here with a movie next door at the stylish Atlantic Plumbing cinema.

7. Himitsu

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828 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
Pick three food-loving lady friends and spend an evening at the Japanese-inspired Himitsu in Petworth.

8. La Jambe

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1550 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
When it’s wine Wednesday (or any other day of the week, for that matter) with the girls, head to La Jambe to indulge in a variety of intoxicating pours and assorted charcuterie.

9. Masseria

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1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 608-5959
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This attractive Union Market spot was a favorite of former first lady Michelle Obama, which makes it a perfect place to grab creative cocktails and bar snacks — or, if time and budget allow, tuck into a tasting menu.

10. Momofuku CCDC

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1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 602-1832
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Momofuku’s sleek interior mirrors the chic vibe cultivated by surrounding CityCenterDC. Head here for a bao-centric brunch with the girls.
728 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-8385
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Go back in time to the golden age of cocktailing at PX in Old Town Alexandria. The hidden-away bar also offers private cocktail-making classes for those who’d like to splurge on an educational experience.
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12. Republic Restoratives

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1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
What better way to celebrate girl power than with a drink at this women-owned distillery and bar? Relax in the airy tasting room, or visit during weekends to take a full tour.

13. Royal

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501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-7777
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Choose from a healthy drink menu then sit outside and watch the world go by at this Ledroit Park spot. Need a snack? Grab an arepa.

14. State Theatre

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220 N Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 237-0300
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Go see a live show with the girls at Northern Virginia’s classic movie-theater-turned-music-venue, The State Theatre.

1. The Columbia Room

124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The trendy Columbia Room’s outdoor Punch Garden is a great place to grab drinks on a sunny day, and the new spring menu is inspired by Parisian living. Trés jolie.
124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. Denizens Brewing Co.

1115 E West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Celebrate all things beer with hops-loving ladies at this women-owned brewery located in neighboring Silver Spring.
1115 E West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910

3. Dirty Habit

700 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Feeling sophisticated? Lounge in the bar of this Penn Quarter retreat. There’s an outdoor terrace, too — the perfect place to unwind beneath the stars.
700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

4. Eighteenth Street Lounge

1212 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Every night is dancing night at this converted Dupont Circle townhouse turned large, rambling bar. Pick out the perfect shoes and grab a partner.
1212 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

5. The Gibson

2009 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20003
This tony bar offers speakeasy vibes without being too much of a hassle to secure a table.
2009 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20003

6. Haikan

805 V St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The best girlfriends are the girlfriends who like ramen. Haikan’s carefully composed menu means cocktails and a variety of appetizers are also available. Pair a meal here with a movie next door at the stylish Atlantic Plumbing cinema.
805 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. Himitsu

828 Upshur St NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
Pick three food-loving lady friends and spend an evening at the Japanese-inspired Himitsu in Petworth.
828 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

8. La Jambe

1550 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
When it’s wine Wednesday (or any other day of the week, for that matter) with the girls, head to La Jambe to indulge in a variety of intoxicating pours and assorted charcuterie.
1550 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Masseria

1340 4th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
This attractive Union Market spot was a favorite of former first lady Michelle Obama, which makes it a perfect place to grab creative cocktails and bar snacks — or, if time and budget allow, tuck into a tasting menu.
1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

10. Momofuku CCDC

1090 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Momofuku’s sleek interior mirrors the chic vibe cultivated by surrounding CityCenterDC. Head here for a bao-centric brunch with the girls.
1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. PX

728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
PX VA bartender PX
Go back in time to the golden age of cocktailing at PX in Old Town Alexandria. The hidden-away bar also offers private cocktail-making classes for those who’d like to splurge on an educational experience.
728 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

12. Republic Restoratives

1369 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
What better way to celebrate girl power than with a drink at this women-owned distillery and bar? Relax in the airy tasting room, or visit during weekends to take a full tour.
1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

13. Royal

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Choose from a healthy drink menu then sit outside and watch the world go by at this Ledroit Park spot. Need a snack? Grab an arepa.
501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

14. State Theatre

220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046
Go see a live show with the girls at Northern Virginia’s classic movie-theater-turned-music-venue, The State Theatre.
220 N Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046

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