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Moxy’s lobby will transform into a hot Halloween party on Thursday.
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14 Places to Party on Halloween in D.C.

Where to score spooky specials on food and drinks

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Moxy’s lobby will transform into a hot Halloween party on Thursday.
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Halloween is Thursday, and a bevy of D.C. bars and restaurants have conjured up plenty of ways to kick off the weekend early. There are lucrative costume contests — like one with a $500 prize for the best-dressed Quentin Tarantino fan at American Ice Company — deals like half-off pisco sours at Pisco y Nazca, and ‘90s music at the Bullpen and Rock & Roll Hotel.

D.C. is also home to a gamut of Halloween pop-ups this year.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Brothers And Sisters

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1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-0525
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From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., multimedia brand BLCKNLIT and Full Service Radio take over the lobby bar at the Line hotel with spooky drinks and bites. The radio studio will host an immersive visual and audio experience. Costumes are encouraged, of course. RSVP here.

The bar at Brothers and Sisters inside the Line hotel in Adams Morgan.
The bar at Brothers and Sisters inside the Line hotel in Adams Morgan.
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2. American Ice Company

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917 V St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 758-3562
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The Shaw barbecue bar is hosting “A Very Red Apple Halloween,” using the work of director Quentin Tarantino as a theme. There will be multiple prizes — including a $500 grand prize handed out at midnight — handed out for the costume contest. So people can expect to see Pulp Fiction-era Uma Thurman costumes or World War II-era outfits modeled after Brad Pitt in Inglorious Bastards. Tarantino-themed cocktail specials will flow from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Interior at American Ice Company
American Ice Company has a cinematic Halloween theme this year.
American Ice Company/official photo

3. Satellite Room

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2047 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 506-2496
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A “Hallow-Scream” karaoke night at the Shaw dive bar includes a free bar tab for the ghoul donning the best duds. Specialty drinks include a shot wheel, blood-bag cocktail and more. Next door at sister spot Brixton, there will be DJs on all three levels.

The bar at Satellite Room.
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4. Marvin

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2007 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-7171
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Marvin’s first floor transforms into a Southern juke joint, inspired by lively scenes in films like The Color Purple, as local indie soul artist Danté Pope performs at 8 p.m. Expect a full dinner menu, Southern cocktail specials, and invitation to dress to the nines in vintage duds. Reservations include a $10-per-person cover charge.

Marvin’s facade Marvin [official photo]

5. El Rey

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919 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 506-6418
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The Mexican beer garden is doubling down on Halloween and Día De Los Muertos, running happy hour from Thursday, October 31, through Sunday, November 3, with $6 shots, $9 margaritas and $5 tall boys. The Espolón Tequila and Modelo Especial-sponsored long weekend includes special activations like a face painter on Friday.

The scene at El Rey
Open-air El Rey in Shaw
El Rey/official photo

6. Pub Grimm

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1825 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 316-9396
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A two-hour timed entry pass to Drink Company’s elaborate Hallowen pop-up includes candy, a costume competition, and drink specials all night. Come early on Wednesday, October 30, for the release of Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s “Death Becomes Us” (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) as part of BYT’s upcoming true crime festival.

Pub Grimm’s The Glass Slipper (Monkey 47 Gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters, spruce oil).
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7. Dacha Beer Garden

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1600 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 350-9888
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The Shaw beer garden’s weeklong “Creepy Carnival” calls for a Howl-O-Ween Pawty Fundraiser for Bundy Dog Park on Tuesday; free flights of 3 Stars Brewing Company for the first costumed guests on Wednesday; and cocktail specials, costume contests, tarot card readings with Cinnamon Creek Healing Arts and caricature artist through the weekend.

8. ChurchKey

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1337 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 567-2576
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The beer bar’s “Night of the Living Ales” party returns for the ninth year on Halloween eve (Wednesday), featuring 20 drafts and 20 half-price bottles. Options include Allagash’s Ghoulschip and Burial’s the Allegory of Immortality. And on Halloween, head to Fairfax sister bar B Side at 4 p.m. for a throwback Thursday costume contest and discount treats.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 7 : Shown is a portion of the taps at
Taps at ChurchKey
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9. Heurich House Museum

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1307 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 429-1894
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The spooky Heurich House Museum throws a Gordon Biersch-sponsored happy hour in its Castle Garden while playing 1922 silent German horror classic Nosferatu. For $10, dare to enter the historic home for tastings of Senate Beer and specialty cocktails from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ID famous vampires dangling inside for a chance to win prizes. Must be 21, and costumes are encouraged.

10. Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar

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1823 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 559-3726
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The Miami import’s day-long Halloween party stars live Criolla music, dancing, bites, a raffle of Pisco Cuatro G’s Bottle during happy hour, and — most importantly — half-off pisco sours all day. RSVP here.

Cocktails at Pisco y Nazca
Pisco sours are half-off all day on Halloween.
Pisco y Nazca/official photo

11. Moxy Washington, DC Downtown

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1011 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 922-7400
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The millennial-trap hotel’s first annual “Moxyween” party (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) features dancing, live entertainment from DJ Chubb E. Swagg, and a costume contest with cash prizes up to $150 (winners announced at 9 p.m.). The lobby bar will be slinging finger foods and themed cocktail specials like “Witches’ Poison,” “Vampire Kiss,” and “Voodoo Punch.”

Spooky lobby scenes at Moxy
Moxy’s check-in desk doubles as a bar.
Moxy/official photo

12. Prather's On The Alley

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455 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 838-9633
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The modern neighborhood bistro in Mount Vernon Triangle throws a “Boos and Booze” party (6 p.m. to 1 a.m.) starring specialty cocktails with Bluecoat Gin, FEW Spirits, Brenne Whiskey, Widow Jane Whiskey, and Mezcal Vago and dishing out prizes for the best costumes.

13. Rock & Roll Hotel

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1353 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-7625
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Like Nirvana? Then you’re going to love the H Street NE venue’s “Halloween Smash” that features live tributes to the ‘90s alt rockers, Iron Maiden, and more. Tickets are $10, doors are 7 p.m.

14. The Bullpen

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1201 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 244-0592
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White Ford Bronco, D.C.’s favorite ‘90s cover band, performs at the Nats fan favorite on Halloween. Along with costume contests, raffle giveaways, and tailgate games, drinkers can plan to drop $8 on White Claws and domestic brews. White Ford Bronco’s set kicks off at 7 p.m., and doors open at 5pm. Tickets are $20 on Eventbrite or $25 at the door. 

Outside the Bullpen
Outside the Bullpen
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1. Brothers And Sisters

1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The bar at Brothers and Sisters inside the Line hotel in Adams Morgan.
The bar at Brothers and Sisters inside the Line hotel in Adams Morgan.
Rey Lopez for Eater DC

From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., multimedia brand BLCKNLIT and Full Service Radio take over the lobby bar at the Line hotel with spooky drinks and bites. The radio studio will host an immersive visual and audio experience. Costumes are encouraged, of course. RSVP here.

1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. American Ice Company

917 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Interior at American Ice Company
American Ice Company has a cinematic Halloween theme this year.
American Ice Company/official photo

The Shaw barbecue bar is hosting “A Very Red Apple Halloween,” using the work of director Quentin Tarantino as a theme. There will be multiple prizes — including a $500 grand prize handed out at midnight — handed out for the costume contest. So people can expect to see Pulp Fiction-era Uma Thurman costumes or World War II-era outfits modeled after Brad Pitt in Inglorious Bastards. Tarantino-themed cocktail specials will flow from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

917 V St NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Satellite Room

2047 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The bar at Satellite Room.
Satellite Room/official photo

A “Hallow-Scream” karaoke night at the Shaw dive bar includes a free bar tab for the ghoul donning the best duds. Specialty drinks include a shot wheel, blood-bag cocktail and more. Next door at sister spot Brixton, there will be DJs on all three levels.

2047 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. Marvin

2007 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Marvin’s facade Marvin [official photo]

Marvin’s first floor transforms into a Southern juke joint, inspired by lively scenes in films like The Color Purple, as local indie soul artist Danté Pope performs at 8 p.m. Expect a full dinner menu, Southern cocktail specials, and invitation to dress to the nines in vintage duds. Reservations include a $10-per-person cover charge.

2007 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. El Rey

919 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The scene at El Rey
Open-air El Rey in Shaw
El Rey/official photo

The Mexican beer garden is doubling down on Halloween and Día De Los Muertos, running happy hour from Thursday, October 31, through Sunday, November 3, with $6 shots, $9 margaritas and $5 tall boys. The Espolón Tequila and Modelo Especial-sponsored long weekend includes special activations like a face painter on Friday.

919 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Pub Grimm

1825 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Pub Grimm’s The Glass Slipper (Monkey 47 Gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters, spruce oil).
Drink Company/official photo

A two-hour timed entry pass to Drink Company’s elaborate Hallowen pop-up includes candy, a costume competition, and drink specials all night. Come early on Wednesday, October 30, for the release of Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s “Death Becomes Us” (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) as part of BYT’s upcoming true crime festival.

1825 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Dacha Beer Garden

1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Shaw beer garden’s weeklong “Creepy Carnival” calls for a Howl-O-Ween Pawty Fundraiser for Bundy Dog Park on Tuesday; free flights of 3 Stars Brewing Company for the first costumed guests on Wednesday; and cocktail specials, costume contests, tarot card readings with Cinnamon Creek Healing Arts and caricature artist through the weekend.

1600 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. ChurchKey

1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 7 : Shown is a portion of the taps at
Taps at ChurchKey
Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The beer bar’s “Night of the Living Ales” party returns for the ninth year on Halloween eve (Wednesday), featuring 20 drafts and 20 half-price bottles. Options include Allagash’s Ghoulschip and Burial’s the Allegory of Immortality. And on Halloween, head to Fairfax sister bar B Side at 4 p.m. for a throwback Thursday costume contest and discount treats.

1337 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

9. Heurich House Museum

1307 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

The spooky Heurich House Museum throws a Gordon Biersch-sponsored happy hour in its Castle Garden while playing 1922 silent German horror classic Nosferatu. For $10, dare to enter the historic home for tastings of Senate Beer and specialty cocktails from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ID famous vampires dangling inside for a chance to win prizes. Must be 21, and costumes are encouraged.

1307 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

10. Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar

1823 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Cocktails at Pisco y Nazca
Pisco sours are half-off all day on Halloween.
Pisco y Nazca/official photo

The Miami import’s day-long Halloween party stars live Criolla music, dancing, bites, a raffle of Pisco Cuatro G’s Bottle during happy hour, and — most importantly — half-off pisco sours all day. RSVP here.

1823 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. Moxy Washington, DC Downtown

1011 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Spooky lobby scenes at Moxy
Moxy’s check-in desk doubles as a bar.
Moxy/official photo

The millennial-trap hotel’s first annual “Moxyween” party (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) features dancing, live entertainment from DJ Chubb E. Swagg, and a costume contest with cash prizes up to $150 (winners announced at 9 p.m.). The lobby bar will be slinging finger foods and themed cocktail specials like “Witches’ Poison,” “Vampire Kiss,” and “Voodoo Punch.”

1011 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Prather's On The Alley

455 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The modern neighborhood bistro in Mount Vernon Triangle throws a “Boos and Booze” party (6 p.m. to 1 a.m.) starring specialty cocktails with Bluecoat Gin, FEW Spirits, Brenne Whiskey, Widow Jane Whiskey, and Mezcal Vago and dishing out prizes for the best costumes.

455 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Rock & Roll Hotel

1353 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Like Nirvana? Then you’re going to love the H Street NE venue’s “Halloween Smash” that features live tributes to the ‘90s alt rockers, Iron Maiden, and more. Tickets are $10, doors are 7 p.m.

1353 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

14. The Bullpen

1201 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Outside the Bullpen
Outside the Bullpen
Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images

White Ford Bronco, D.C.’s favorite ‘90s cover band, performs at the Nats fan favorite on Halloween. Along with costume contests, raffle giveaways, and tailgate games, drinkers can plan to drop $8 on White Claws and domestic brews. White Ford Bronco’s set kicks off at 7 p.m., and doors open at 5pm. Tickets are $20 on Eventbrite or $25 at the door. 

1201 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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