Best Bars With A College Night In DC

August 30, 2012 6:00 AM

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Just because you’re in college, it doesn’t mean your entertainment options are limited to Ramen noodles and bland beer. If you know where to go, and on what night, you can get your fill of nightlife without spending all your cash. Check out these DC hot spots for the best deals for college students. 

McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon
2401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 223-2338

Your dollar will go a long way at McFadden’s in downtown DC. Tuesday nights feature college night specials like deep discounts on alcoholic beverages, including $1 cans, $2 domestic drafts and $5 bombs. McFadden’s houses four full-service bars, including a private loft, as well as 26 high definition plasma televisions, live DJ and dancing Tuesday through Saturday nights. College students also enjoy a wide variety of fun events like a pig roast, little black dress parties and skeeball league nights. Enjoy traditional pub fare like burgers, wings and sandwiches.

Fur Nightclub
33 Patterson St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 842-3401

This three-level nightclub features seven full-service bars, four DJ booths, four distinctive rooms plus an outdoor patio and private VIP areas. Friday night college specials include $3 drinks from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. or a VIP table and two bottles for $300. Fur nightclub is also known to host special guest DJs and celebrities like LMFAO , Lil Jon, Tiesto and Wil.I.Am.  Pick up a glow stick, snack or drink at the snack bar, hang out in the tiki bar or enjoy a hookah. Don’t forget to log onto the website to print out a free admission pass. Dress to impress before you head here.

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1401 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 789-2800

Enjoy free admission, drink specials like $3 Bud Lights and the hottest Top 40 hits Tuesday nights at Lima. Lima is a three-level restaurant and lounge that features two full-service bars, two dance floors and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. Grab a seat and relax outside on the patio or find a cozy couch in the lounge area.  Enjoy happy hour specials, finger foods like fried green plantains and salted cod fritters, and weekly events including Salsa Mondays, which offer complimentary beginner and intermediate salsa lessons, as well as special guests DJs, theme parties and other events.

1219 Connecticut Ave.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 681-1219

College night is back with a vengeance at Midtown. Enjoy numerous college night specials on Thursday including reduced admission before 11:30 p.m. (free for 21 and up before 11 p.m.) plus all sorority ladies will enjoy free admission before 11:45 p.m. and free champagne. Midtown is a three-level with three full-service bars, open seating and VIP seating and a party stage. Dance on the couches on the second floor or twirl around a pole on the second and third floor. Midtown features DC’s hottest DJs playing the hottest tunes including Top 40, rock, 80’s music and house. Dress to impress.

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Lux Lounge
649 New York Ave.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-8100

For a bar with a more elegant vibe that also offers perks to college students, check out Lux Lounge. On Sundays, students 21 and up get in for free all night long while students 18 and up get in for free until 11 p.m. Lux is a four-story nightclub that features warm wood accents, candlelight and plenty of comfy seating. Dance up the storm on one of three dance floors, reserve a table in a semi-private area of the club or hang out in the lounge. Lux Lounge features other special events including special guests DJs, local celebrity birthday celebrations and magazine release parties.

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