Best Nightlife Spots For The Under 21 Crowd In DC

July 5, 2012 6:00 AM

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Old enough to party, but too young to drink? There are plenty of nightlife spots in the city for the under 21 crowd. Whether you’re looking for an all-night dance party, an awesome concert or a place to hang out with friends, the DC metro area has a nightlife spot for you.
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Fur Nightclub
33 Patterson St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 842-3401

Price: $20 to $50 cover charge depending on event

What once was a former warehouse for fur coats for area department stores is now (fittingly) known as Fur Nightclub. The 30,000 square foot club features state-of-the-art lighting, video and sound systems, 30 foot high ceilings, four rooms and two mezzanines. Each room features its own unique audio/visual experience and DJ, comfy couches and high definition televisions. Fur Nightclub also hosts special events, like International Fridays, as well as special musical guests like Lil Jon, David Guetta and LMFAO. Valet parking, seasonal coat check, a snack bar and hookah lounge are also available. Dress to impress must have a valid ID, club is 18 and up.

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Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-7638

Price: Free

Prefer to spend Friday nights discussing strategies for world peace? Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place that features special evening events, such as guest speakers, author readings and open mic nights, as well as a bookstore and cafe. While you won’t find the latest Danielle Steele hardcover on the bookstore shelves, Busboys and Poets does offer a wide selection of progressive resources for the socially conscious reader, such as young adult fiction with real-world themes and progressive politics. Busboys and Poets also showcases artwork by local, national and international artists as well as interactive events like book clubs, Change the World Wednesdays and Borderlines, a bilingual Spanish-English open-mic night.

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Black Cat
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-4490

Price: Click here for event information and ticket prices

At the Black Cat, you’re sure to find fun every night of the week. Catch classic 90s TV episodes, like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “Tales from the Crypt,” dance to your favorite 80s tunes or discover a new favorite band or musical artist. The Black Cat caters to fans of the underground music scene and features many independent musical artists, but the venue hosts non-mainstream country, house, electrofunk, hip-hop and disco music as well. The main stage concert room features a 7,000 square foot dance floor, high quality sound system and a rock club atmosphere. Don’t forget to check out the Food for Thought Cafe where you can enjoy traditional American fare, like burgers, as well as vegan and vegetarian-friendly foods.

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L’Academie de Cuisine
16006 Industrial Dr.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 670-8670

Price: Click here for pricing information

Forget waiting hours on end this Friday night to get into that hip new restaurant. Why not learn how to make delicious cuisine instead? The L’Academie de Cuisine offers a wide variety of cooking and baking classes as well as cooking seminars and workshops. Learn how to cook scrumptious meals like margarita chicken kebabs, teriyaki salmon or grilled lemongrass chicken breast with ginger wine sauce. Nighttime classes feature recipes that are perfect for warm summer nights, girls nights out and parties at home. Cooking classes are presented either demonstration or participation-style as well as group dinners, which features a welcome reception and a more relaxed teaching environment.

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The Comedy Spot
4238 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 294-LAFF

Price: Click here for pricing information

Located at the Ballston Mall, the Comedy Spot features improvised comedy that is sure to leave you in a fit of giggles. For an interactive experience, check out ComedySportz, where two teams battle to be crowned the most funny of the show. Make your voice heard as you shout out suggestions for the teams to follow and perform as well as which team should be crowned the winner. For a show that gears toward an adult audience, check out the Blue Show. While the content of the show isn’t intentionally dirty, the comedians don’t necessarily edit themselves, either. The Comedy Spot also features stand-up open mic nights as well as special shows, such as comedy hypnosis, and guests, such as Mythical Newsroom and After-School Specials.

Related: Best Comedy Clubs In The D.C Area

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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