Best Bars And Nightclubs With Retro Nights In DC

November 1, 2012 6:00 AM

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If you prefer to sing and dance along to sugary sweet tunes of the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s, then head on over to one of these D.C.-area bars and nightclubs. Leg warmers are not required, but expect to rock out all night long. 

Club Heaven and Hell
2327 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-HELL

If it’s Thursday night, then it’s ’80s night at Club Heaven and Hell. The legendary weekly dance party features only the best pop songs from the decade. Dance the night away, gossip with friends, or sit back and watch ’80s music videos play on the huge projection screen on the top floor. The three-level night club features a full-service bar on each floor, a comfy lounge area upstairs and a typical bar setting with worn-in bar stools and a pool table downstairs. If you’re in the mood to hear some Tears for Fears, Prince or A-ha, put in your request at the DJ booth, and you’re bound to hear your song play before the end of the night.

1639 R St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-4416

Flash back to the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s thanks to Flash Back Tuesdays at Cobalt. Known as D.C.’s premier gay lounge and nightspot, Cobalt is the place to be to shake your groove thing to all of the greatest retro hits. Enjoy weekly happy hour specials, including $2 Miller Lites and $3 rail drinks, a large dance floor and a bevy of D.C.’s sexiest bartenders. The nightclub also features a restaurant where you’ll find tasty retro-themed meals like Studio 54 eggs and the Do the Hustle crab cake sandwich. Other events featured at Cobalt include Martini Mondays, Karaoke Wednesdays and a best package contest on Thursdays.

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Little Miss Whiskey’s
1104 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

If you prefer the sounds of old-school grunge and rock ‘n’ roll, head on over to Little Miss Whiskey’s where ’80s night features the best in ’80s alternative music. Every other Wednesday, Little Miss Whiskey’s invites you to bang your head to the likes of Poseurs, Back Alley and Cagneys among many others. Known to be a bit of a dive bar, Little Miss Whiskey’s features an eclectic collection of sculptures and artwork, more than 50 handcrafted beers and whiskeys, an outdoor patio and grilled foods every Thursday through Sunday. Other weekly events include Kostume Karaoke, heavy metal Thursdays and football Sundays. Though there is no cover charge, the bar is cash only.

Chief Ike’s
1725 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-2211

For a totally laid-back, retro-night experience, stop by Chief Ike’s in Adams Morgan on Thursday nights. The patrons are unpretentious, the bartenders are friendly and the decor kitschy. Chief Ike’s features two full-service bars, pool tables and an outdoor patio area. Enjoy tasty treats including the Big-Ass Mambo Burger or the gourmet thin-crust pizza with your choice of toppings. Chief Ike’s all offers daily food and drink specials as well as other special events including the super-popular ladies night on Fridays, trivia on Mondays and all-night happy hour and football games on Sundays.

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State Theatre
220 N. Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 237-0300

Switch up your regular retro night routine and check out the State Theater in Falls Church where you will find plenty of ’70s and ’80s cover bands, including the Machine, Almost Queen and the Leg Warmers. What was once a movie theater is now a concert venue for both local and nationally known artists. Upcoming performances include Blondie, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Lez Zeppelin. The State Theater features four full-service bars, theater-style and balcony seats, and the option to enjoy dinner while you watch the show. Reservations are encouraged as seating at the State Theater is served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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