2 Hours for Dining & Nightlife in Adams Morgan

Enjoy one of America’s most famous whiskey bars, dig in to Peruvian or Afghan cuisine and groove to live music.


Stop One

Start the evening on a high note with a rooftop cocktail at Jack Rose

2007 18th Street, NW With over 2,400 types of whiskey to choose from, Jack Rose has been recognized by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the premier whiskey bars in America. First, gawk at the backlit floor to ceiling wall of rare bottles behind the main bar, then make your way to the roof. Jack Rose has a few secret areas (including a basement speakeasy) worth finding, but, you have places to go and this is just your first stop


Stop Two

Get a taste of Peru at Las Canteras

2307 18th Street, NW Only a block up the street, Las Canteras transports you to Lima with authentic cuisine favored by the Peruvian Embassy employees who are regulars. Owned by a former Washington Post international bureau chief, Las Canteras is known for its pisco sour and hospitable staff. Insider tip: a tiny bar on the lower level is a perfect hideaway if you want to escape the crowd. Looking for even more delicious cuisine? Try Lapis, a family run Afghan restaurant (1847 Columbia Road, NW) that just made Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list.


Stop Three

Find music that moves you at Madam’s Organ, Bossa or Songbyrd.

2461 18th Street, NW Adams Morgan is known for its fun nightlife. Look for the neighborhood’s well-known mural of a woman with red hair outside Madam’s Organ. Music pours out most nights, tempting passersby. Bossa, immediately to the left, has some of the most eclectic and interesting music of any venue in the city, and if you’re there when the funky Ethiopian jazz legends are playing, get ready for a treat. A few steps further up 18th Street is Songbyrd, named in honor of famous guitarist Charlie Byrd, who had a regular gig two doors down in the 1960s, after he and Stan Getz introduced Brazilian music to the U.S. through their album Jazz Samba.  These days you’re likely to find up and coming independent music acts or dance nights downstairs. If you need a boost, head to Tryst for caffeine and comfy sofas. It’s a few doors south at 2459 18th Street.


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