Best Bars To Celebrate Your Birthday In Washington DC

January 10, 2013 8:00 AM

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There’s no better way to celebrate your special day than at one of D.C.’s hottest nightclubs and bars. Whether you prefer to party it up like a VIP or celebrate your birthday quietly with a few close friends, a few drinks makes any birthday celebration more fun. These are the best bars in D.C. to celebrate your birthday.

2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 223-2338

Recognized as one of the most popular bars to host a bash, McFadden’s is sure to make you feel special on your special day. Enjoy free drinks from 10 p.m. to midnight while your friends get to choose either open bar rail drinks for $20 or premium drinks for $30. Munch on traditional American fare, such as spinach and artichoke dip, wings and nachos. The full-service restaurant and bar also offers a private loft bar, sparkling Champagne, special table reservations, birthday decorations and other open-bar packages. McFadden’s features daily food and drink specials, high-definition televisions and a live DJ spinning the hottest tunes.

4515 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 686-3588

For a muy caliente birthday experience, book your party at Guapo’s, where you and your besties may party it up in the Fiesta Room, feast on a delicious Mexican-inspired buffet spread and indulge in tasty adult Mexican beverages. Guapo’s offers a special buffet menu for groups of 30 or more and includes its most popular and scrumptious menu items such as fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, arriero steak, pollo lupita and fried plantains. The venue also offers a microphone, projector and big screen for rent (embarrassing kid photo slideshow anyone?). Open and cash bar services as well as wine, sangria, margaritas, imported and domestic beers are also available. Guapo’s offers its guests a vibrant ambiance, friendly waiters and freshly prepared foods.

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Lucky Strike DC
701 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-1021

If you prefer a more interactive birthday celebration, head on over to Lucky Strike DC at the Gallery Place, and spend the night knocking down bowling pins. Enjoy your own personal full-service bar, sophisticated menu items such as salmon lollipops, chicken or veggie pillows, or a trio of dippers and ciabatta bread placed around the party room. The venue also features 18 big-screen televisions, a live DJ, state-of-the-art bowling lanes and three billiard tables. Leave the party planning in the hands of a professional party planner, courtesy of Lucky Strike DC. The venue also features daily food and drink specials as well as weekly special events including bottomless bowling and salsa Sundays.

Co Co. Sala
929 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4265

Chocolate lovers will die of joy at this unique chocolate boutique and lounge. Depending on the size and desired level of intimacy, Co Co. Sala offers five party rooms, including a rooftop terrace, art gallery and patio garden to host your shindig. Choose from a variety of special menus including the Dessert for Dinner or the Taste of Co Co. Sala, a five-course meal featuring delicious dinners and artisanal chocolates. The full-service restaurant and bar also features signature drinks, including the “mmm” malted martini, Champagne and sparkling wines. Indulge in a chocolate cupcake spiked with your choice of liquor, or head over to the chocolate boutique and bring home a box of fresh, preservative and additive-free chocolates.

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2321 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-0800

If you prefer to celebrate your birthday quietly with a few close friends and a tumbler of Jim Beam, then consider Bourbon your go-to bar.  Bourbon is known as the opposite of your typical D.C. bar — it’s a bit more upscale yet casual and not overly crowded. Choose from an extensive list of bourbon including Kentucky bourbon, American, rye, scotch, Irish and Japanese whiskeys as well as traditional cocktails, wine by the glass or bottle, and draft and bottled beers. The two-story venue features a dining area, two full-service bars and an outdoor patio. The menu includes American fare classics with a twist, such as the bourbon bacon cheeseburger, bourbon-marinated tenderloin and the bourbon bread pudding. Should you be in the mood to get your groove on, Bourbon also features a DJ and dancing on the second level loft.

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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