DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood has been making the transition from nightlife hotspot to cultural center, with new foodie-destinations opening every week and a bustling arts scene. See our recommendations for how to spend a day in this ever-changing area.

DC Arts Center

This local spot has a roster of creative offerings that’ll suit you no matter what your interests, with art exhibitions, comedy shows, and painting classes. We recommend stopping by the gallery to take in an exhibition before heading to the theater for one of the zany comedy shows that regularly plays here.

2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 462-7833

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Thrillist named this Adams Morgan gastropub one of the best whiskey bars in America, but it’s not just the incredibly huge (1,800 bottles and counting) liquor collection that has people talking. Come to this multi-level spot for handcrafted cocktails and elevated bar snacks like pickled corn hushpuppies and whiskey-soaked chicken wings.

2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7388

Tail Up Goat

At this whimsically-named, Bon Appetit-rated eatery in Adams Morgan, you’ll find an eclectic menu with dishes like ravioli with smoked potato and caramelized cabbage and stuffed pig with saffron and pistachio rice. Even the bread here is innovative, with offerings like seaweed sourdough or a Bialy, a European Jewish upgrade on the bagel that comes served with onion jam, trout roe. This newly-opened spot earned a Michelin star within its first year.

1827 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-9600

Mintwood Place

Since opening in 2012, this French-American restaurant has become a go-to neighborhood spot for delicious, innovative fare like decadent seared foie gras served with a rustic latke and smoked applesauce. We recommend coming here for brunch so that you can feast on savory delights like the Basque-style pork hash or sweeter offerings like classic chocolate chip pancakes.

1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6732


Find some cool threads that’ll set you apart from the crowd at this hipster Adams Morgan vintage shop. Clothing, costume, and accessories at this store date back to the sixties, so grab a group of friends and start assembling a wardrobe worthy of any flower child.

2104 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009