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Best Late-Night Activities Beyond Bars In The DC Area

May 30, 2013 8:00 AM

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Whether you’re tired of the same old bar scene or just not that into spending all that time (and money) cramped in a too small/too crowded/too stuffy of a place, there are plenty of other late-night activities to pursue in the DC area. Check out this list of best late-night activities beyond bars in the DC area and shake up your regular plans tonight.

King Pinz
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 443-8001
www.kingpinzbowl.com

With its state-of-the-art lanes, modern lights and decor, delicious menu items and top shelf drinks, King Pinz is not your average bowling alley. Kick off your night with awesome happy hour specials Monday through Friday or catch the latest dance craze (Gangnam Style, anyone?), courtesy of the jumbo high-definition projection screens over the bowling lanes. Relive your childhood in the action-packed arcade or reserve a table in the High Rollers Lounge and Cigar Bar where you will find a luxurious bar-like setting with four 55-inch high-definition televisions, handcrafted beers and high-end cigars. King Pinz also features a full-service bar, not-your-average-bowling-alley fare including grilled skewers, beef tips and penne pasta plus delicious desserts, specialty drinks and private party planning packages.

Regional Food and Drink Washington
810 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-2030
www.lovethebeer.com

If laughter is the best medicine, then Regional Food and Drink Washington, better known as RFD, is the best place to help you feel great. Stop by on Thursday nights and treat yourself to the hilarious jokes of established and first-time local comedians. Admission is free and, unlike other comedy clubs in the area, there is no drink minimum. In addition to a performing stage and plenty of seating, RFD features a full-service restaurant with tasty menu items like Philly sliders, buffalo burgers, butternut ravioli and fish and chips plus more than 300 of the world’s finest bottled beer. The popular restaurant and bar also boasts the DC area’s largest tap list. Think you have what it takes to entertain an audience? Feel free to sign up via the RFD website, Facebook page or in person. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.

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The Fillmore
8656 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 960-9999
www.fillmoresilverspring.com

If you prefer dancing around to the sounds of live music, then consider stopping by the Fillmore in Silver Spring. This dynamic venue is known to host a wide variety of musical guests including Paramore, Korn, Rancid and Tech N9ne. Other acts performed at the venue include open mic nights, fashion shows, parodies and plays. Take in a show and enjoy state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, lush decor, hardwood floors and gorgeous crystal chandeliers. The Fillmore features a full-service bar and concession-style snacks. Come by the venue a little early and meander around the nearby restaurants and shops for a completely fun-filled evening.

Shelly’s Back Room
1331 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-3003
www.shellysbackroom.com

Shelly’s Back Room is a one-of-a-kind restaurant devoted to the art of the cigar. The cozy yet casual venue features soft lighting, comfortable couches and plenty of chairs for you to sit down, catch up with friends and enjoy a stogie. Catch the game on one of eight high-definition televisions or chow down on some delicious grub, like the el diablo burger, angus NY strip steak or the pasta jambalaya. Shelly’s Back Room also features alcoholic beverages, including an extensive list of scotch, bourbon, whiskey and rum, plus the finest selection in mild, medium and full-bodied cigars. And, unlike other venues where smoking is permitted, Shelly’s Back Room features a state-of-the-art air purification system, creating a comfortable environment for both smokers and non-smokers to enjoy.

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Boomerang Tours Inc.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 417-2055
www.ridetheboomerang.com

Although known for its party bus services, Boomerang Tours also offers legendary nightlife excursions on a boat. Nighttime sails include a double-decker yacht, full-service cash and credit bar, light snacks, a DJ spinning the hottest hits, a dance floor in the main cabin plus amazing panoramic views of DC’s most popular destinations. Cruises take off at the Georgetown waterfront with specific location details provided when you purchase a ticket. Boomerang Tours also provides brunch and sunset cruises as well as daytime parties and private charters perfect for work, birthday or bachelor/bachelorette parties.

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

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