The Best Apartments in Washington D.C. Near Nightlife

The most popular nightclubs centered around the downtown area, so residents who live in the heart of the city enjoy prime access to the local hot spots.

Here are 10 of the best Washington D.C. apartments near nightlife.

10. Ravenel

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Ravenel is located on 16th Street between Dupont Circle and Logan Circle near shops, entertainment venues, restaurants and nightlife. The building offers a variety of floor plans from studios to full-sized two-bedroom apartments.

Residents can walk to numerous bars, including the popular Cobalt, a multilevel gay club that contains a restaurant lounge and dance floor, offering DJs, drag shows and more.

9. The Shay

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The Shay is a luxury apartment community located in D.C.’s historic U Street District, one of the city’s best neighborhoods for nightlife, dining and live theater. Just steps away, you can enjoy a live concert at the popular 9:30 Club or a jazz performance at the Howard Theatre.

Sports lovers can watch the big game on the multi-screen TVs at Nellie’s Sports Bar. Many other nightclubs are within an easy walk. Studio, loft, one- and two-bedrooms — with or without den floorplans — are available.

8. The DeSoto

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The DeSoto is located in the heart of the vibrant Logan Circle neighborhood close to Dupont Circle and the McPherson metro station, within an easy reach of many nightclubs and entertainment venues.

Within a short walk, you can reach the Black Cat, a multilevel indie/rock/alternative live-music venue that has been a staple of D.C. since the early 90s.

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7. Miramar

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Miramar, located in Logan Circle, has spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments that are located in the center of D.C.’s hottest nightclubs with Dupont Circle, Downtown and The U Street Corridor surrounding it.

Dozens of great dance clubs and happy hour hot spots are within a short walk. Residents enjoy the historic elegance and contemporary amenities of the building.

6. The Apartments at CityCenter

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The Apartments at CityCenter, located in the vibrant downtown D.C. Penn Quarter neighborhood, is an upscale building with just a five-minute walk to many of D.C.’s top nightclubs, theatres and entertainment venues. Ultrabar, a chic dance club in a former bank building is just steps away.

Apartment amenities include a two-story fitness center, an outdoor pool, a rooftop dog walk, a business center, a rooftop bocce court, sundeck and outdoor dining areas and more.

5. Avalon at Gallery Place

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Avalon at Gallery Place features studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments just a block from Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station and the Capital One Arena in one of D.C.’s best neighborhoods for food, dining and nightlife. Learn to salsa at the Latin dance club, Las Chicas Locas DC, located across the street.

4. The Woodward Building Apartments

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The Woodward Building Apartments, located just one block from the White House in the heart of Washington, D.C., is a restored Beaux-Arts Revival building that’s centrally located near a number of top D.C. nightlife venues.

L8 Lounge, a swanky club with bottle service is directly across the Street. Other clubs nearby include Soundcheck, Opera Ultra Lounge, Eden Lounge and Bravo, Bravo.

3. The Lansburgh

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The Lansburgh apartments sit on top of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C.’s desirable Penn Quarter neighborhood. It’s near the National Mall, museums, theaters, entertainment venues and a wide selection of restaurants.

It’s also around the corner from Ultrabar and Penn Social, a lively bar with a patio, dancing and live bands. Short-term furnished and unfurnished leases are available in this luxury building.

2. Gables Dupont Circle

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Gables Dupont Circle, located in the heart of the historic Dupont Circle neighborhood, these upscale modern apartments are just steps from some of D.C.’s best restaurants and nightclubs.

Residents can enjoy craft cocktails at Kabin Lounge or a night of dancing at Decades DC, a massive club with a retro theme.

1. The Baystate

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The Baystate is located in the DuPont Circle neighborhood and is an affordable apartment building that offers studio and one-bedroom apartments.

The building is surrounded by foreign embassies and some of the city’s best nightlife hot spots along Connecticut Avenue, Intense Nightlife, Decades DC, Heist Night Club and more.

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We looked at all apartments in Washington D.C. and rated them on the number of nightlife-related businesses within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, bars located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our establishment counts come from commercially available business listings and may not reflect recent openings and closures.

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