Neighborhood Guide: Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan has been a mainstay of the city's nightlife for the under-25 crowd for more than two decades, thanks to all the bars, lounges, and restaurants dotting the 18th Street corridor. In recent years, as bars in other neighborhoods have flourished, the partying crowds have eased somewhat, and Adams Morgan is beginning to shine in other areas. This culturally diverse neighborhood boasts beautiful historic row houses, a variety of independently owned stores - many of which have been neighborhood fixtures for decades - as well as community centers and renowned restaurants.  From vinyl and falafel to yoga and empanadas, there are many reasons to spend your free time on 18th Street.

Buy
Meeps - Meeps sells vintage from the 1960s onwards as well as an extensive costume selection in a cozy shop setting.
Commonwealth - men's lifestyle boutique carrying footwear and apparel from hot brands such as Nike, New Balance, Vans, Levi's, Adidas, ASICS.
Urban Dwell - Washington, D.C. themed shop offering a hand-picked selection of trendy merchandise to include home décor, women's and men's accessories, kitchen/bath products, and baby gifts.
Idle Time Books - a fixture since 1981, this bookstore offers a comprehensive collection of used, rare, and out-of-print books

Do
Studio DC - yoga studio with wide range of classes and workshops
DC Arts Center - black-box theatre and gallery supports emerging local artists with live performances and ever changing exhibitions
Meridian Hill Park - a hidden gem of a National Park just outside Adams Morgan limits, featuring Italian-style gardens with a cascading fountain and statues
Hierarchy - a cutting edge special exhibition venue, part of the No Kings Collective

Eat
Tail Up Goat - this young restaurant with Mediterranean roots already has a Michelin star. Everything is a must-try, but the lamb ribs for two are a standout.
Mintwood Place - French-influenced American menu in a modern farmhouse style restaurant with a wood-burning oven & sidewalk seats.
Mama Ayesha’s - long-running Middle Eastern spot opened in 1960 and has since served up a menu of authentic Arabic cuisine, including fattoush salad, stuffed grape leaves, and charcoal grilled meats.
Donburi - Sit at the counter and watch the food being cooked in this tiny spot specializing in Japanese rice bowls.
Julia’s Empanadas - handmade empanadas made from scratch every day have made Julia’s a D.C. institution.
Amsterdam Falafelshop - a classic Middle Eastern spot serving up falafel and shawarma, open until 4 am on weekends.

Drink
Songbyrd Music House - combination cafe, live music venue, record store, and cocktail bar.
Bossa -  art gallery, bistro, bar, live music venue hosts Latin, punk, jazz, ska, indie, and world music artists while serving up authentic Brazilian fare.
Madam’s Organ - longtime standby for live blues and a rowdy good time.
Muzette - private room karaoke joint featuring 70,000 songs in English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish,Thai, Vietnamese, and more.
Bedrock Billiards - a fun neighborhood bar with foosball, pool, shuffleboard, darts, and board games galore.