Dupont Circle Neighborhood

Dupont Circle DC Neighborhood

One of the more popular DC neighborhoods (among singles and otherwise) Dupont Circle is also known for being very accommodating for those looking for short commute times – served by a fleet of buses and the Washington Metro Red Line at the Dupont Circle Metro Station.

Socially, Dupont Circle has always been a strong hub for good eats, good drinks and good fun. From intense chess matches in circle center to debaucherous drag queen bingo, Dupont Circle has something for almost everyone who is open to new experiences and personalities.

Annual neighborhood events:
Capital Pride

Capital Pride is an annual LGBT pride festival held each June in Washington. As of 2007, the festival is the fourth-largest LGBT pride event in the United States, with over 200,000 people in attendance. The Capital Pride parade takes place annually on Saturday during the festival and travels through the streets of the neighborhood.

Geographically, Dupont Circle is a historic neighborhood district located in Northwest Washington, D.C. The famous traffic circle is located at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue,  New Hampshire Avenue, 19th Street and P St. The Dupont Circle neighborhood is bounded approximately by 15th Street to the east, 22nd Street to the west, M Street to the south, and Florida Avenue to the north.rowhouse neighborhood

Historically, the Strivers’ Section is a small residential area west of 16th Street, between Swann Street and Florida Avenue. The Strivers’ Section, named from a turn-of-the-century writer who described the district as “the Striver’s section, a community of Negro aristocracy”, was historically an enclave of upper-middle-class African Americans — often community leaders — in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The area includes a row of houses on 17th Street owned by Frederick Douglass and occupied by his son.

The area, which was once considered an overlap of the Dupont Circle and Shaw neighborhoods, is today a historic district. Many of its buildings are the original Edwardian-era residences, along with several apartment and condominium buildings and a few small businesses.


Fraternally, the annual Dupont Circle High Heel Race, first held in 1985, takes place on the Tuesday before Halloween (October 31). For several hours before 9 p.m., more than 100 drag queens stroll up and down 17th Street, often referred to as “The Runway”. The race itself, which lasts about one minute, begins at 9:00 p.m. Spectators and participants begin the festivities hours earlier. The “racecourse” extends north from 17th and P Street NW up to Riggs Place, a distance of about two short blocks.

Architectually, the local rowhouses were primarily built prior to 1900 feature variations on the Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque revival styles. Rarer are the palatial mansions and large freestanding houses that line the broad, tree-lined diagonal avenues that intersect the circle. Many of these larger dwellings were built in the styles popular between 1895 and 1910.

Fun Fact: Dupont Circle used to have an underground market, housed in the underground tunnel used by the trolley cars of days gone by. There is talk of a revival of said commerce zone.


Downtown Neighborhood

Downtown DC NeighborhoodSocially, the Downtown DC neighborhood has an interesting mix of mostly homogenized government/financial/lawyer professionals with a smattering of tourists/convention goers who are out for a good time. While the coffee shops and smaller food venues become ghosted after 7pm, happy hour joints thrive until 10pm on a daily basis.old post office building dc

Geographically, downtown Washington is broadly considered to be anything north of Constitution Avenue NW, east of Rock Creek Park, south of M Street NW, and west of the U.S. Capitol. The area east of the Capitol and north of Massachusetts Avenue is sometimes called “Downtown East”. However, that geographical area includes as many as nine separate neighborhoods, including Foggy Bottom, West End, Penn Quarter, Mount Vernon Square, Chinatown, Sursum Corda, Judiciary Square, Swampoodle, and NoMa.Smithsonian Museum

Historically, downtown DC has always been more business district than neighborhood.

Politically, Ward: 2.

Fraternally, the downtown area does serve as a fertile post-intermural-game-on-the-lawn party zone. Due to its proximity to the wide open green spaces that host many coed after-work sports leagues, bars like The Exchange accommodate a healthy environment for young professionals to make some bad decisions.

Fun Fact: Downtown DC has never been occupied by a foreign power.

neighborhood attractions

Catholic University Neighborhood

Catholic University

Socially, Catholic University neighborhood is safer than it used to be and therefore has encouraged more local social activities.

Geographically, Catholic University neighborhood is located by Catholic U.

Historically, Catholic University students lived in fear of stray bullets.

Politically, ward

Fraternally, Catholic University does have some fraternities.

Fun Fact: Catholic University has a law school.

Adams Morgan Neighborhood

Adams Morgan DC Neighborhood

rowhouse Socially, Adams Morgan neighborhood is the reigning champion of DC popular going out neighborhoods. Back in the 90’s when Georgetown, Dupont, Midtown, and Adams Morgan were the only four places for yuppyish young’ns to have a good time, Adams Morgan was where you wanted to end a good night. Bordered by Connecticut Ave to the West, 16th St to the East, Rock Creek Park to the North, and Florida Ave to the South, this neighborhood has been packing in party people into bars and clubs, even when it meant risking proximity to a stabbing. Drinkers and smokers (hookah) no longer have to be brave to grace its streets, but the streets definitely take on a more vibrant air at night.

There are a variety of grocery store options here, including Harris Teeter (“the teet”), Yes! Organic Market, and the old DC standby, Safeway.

Adams Morgan map

Geographically, the Adams Morgan neighborhood is composed of three parts, Reed Cooke to the east, Kalorama to the west and Lanier Heights to the north.

Politically, the Adams Morgan neighborhood is located in Ward 1 and is currently represented on the Council by Jim Graham.

Fraternally, young, 20-something cool guys and girls can find good times and conversation at Dan’s Cafe — if the bartenders/owners feel like having it open that day. This place seems to open and close when it feels like it, which perhaps makes it cool. Regardless of its free spirit schedule, this place is especially fun because you can order a squirt bottle full of your favorite shooter and dispense as you see fit.

Beer connoisseurs who find themselves in Adams Morgan neighborhood can check out the Black Squirrel and Smoke and Barrel.  The latter has good whiskey as well a legendary Taco Tuesday which is ridiculously good eats for 5 bucks (recommend the cheese grits w/).

If you want a brunch J. Gatsby would write home about, you must check out La Boum brunch at L’Enfant Cafe — which is also decent for beer, btw.  We’re hesitant to share that one bc it’s hard enough to get a reservation there as it is, but they deserve the props.  They have a cabaret dancer, sparklers and a giant tub of nutella — need we say more?

Architecturally, much of the neighborhood is composed of 19th- and early 20th-century row houses and apartment buildings.

Fun? Fact: Adams Morgan neighborhood was so named for the two elementary schools located there before Brown v. the Board of Education: an all-white John Quincy Adams and an all-black Edward P. Morgan — Adams Morgan.

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DC Neighborhood Features

  • Popular (general)
  • Popular for Singles
  • Green Community
  • Historic