2 Hours of Nightlife on U Street

U Street claims Duke Ellington as a native son, and the thriving corridor continues to be home to authentic jazz and other up-all-night bars.

Stop One

Make a stop at Marvin

2007 14th Street NW
Named for DC native Marvin Gaye, this restaurant—featuring a rooftop bar—is a great place to get your bearings. The rooftop menu features robust bites along with cocktails that pay homage to the nation’s capital. (We like the 14th & U: a mix of Limoncello, raspberry puree and sparkling rosé.)


Stop Two

Check out a show at the historic Howard Theatre

 620 T Street NW The Howard Theatre, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, hosted the greats like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway and more. After falling into disrepair it was rechristened for a new era in 2012 and today hosts a diversity of musical acts. Check out the Go-Go Brunch on June 4 or the WPGC Birthday Bash on June 7, featuring Wale, Khalid and an all-star lineup.


Stop Three

Throwback at the Gibson

 2009 14th Street NW The speakeasy is alive and well on U Street. The Gibson keeps its cred with an unmarked door. Once inside sip on creative cocktails in a low lit, sleek setting. The bar is open for walk-ins, while a table must be reserved in advance.


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