Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan is a diverse D.C. neighborhood with happening nightlife and a buzzing food and art scene.

Welcome to Adams Morgan

Diverse neighborhood with unparalleled art, food, and nightlife

Adams Morgan is a diverse D.C. neighborhood with happening nightlife and a buzzing food and art scene. The Washington Post calls Adams Morgan D.C.’s version of New York’s East Village. This bohemian enclave features mom-and-pop stores, music venues, cool cafes, vintage stores, yoga studios, and authentic international eateries. The neighborhood surrounds the intersection of Columbia Road and 18th Street NW on a hill adjacent to Dupont Circle. Away from 18th Street’s vibrant nightlife, Adams Morgan offers peaceful tree-lined residential streets with attractive classic townhouses and row houses. The neighborhood’s housing options also include pre-war apartments and stylish contemporary loft conversions.

What to Love

  • Attractive historic architecture 
  • Food, art, and nightlife scenes 
  • Bohemian vibe 
  • Independent businesses 

People & Lifestyle

Adams Morgan has long been one of D.C.’s most progressive neighborhoods. During the 1950s, residents lobbied for the desegregation of the local elementary schools. Recent years have seen neighbors band together to stop a new condo development from replacing a public plaza. Adams Morgan is an eccentric and inclusive neighborhood, home to artists, families, and young professionals.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The stretch of 18th Street running through Adams Morgan is one of D.C.’s most electric nightlife areas. Madam’s Organ Blues Bar anchors the action with nightly live music in a relaxed bar environment featuring flavorful soul food, drinks served in mason jars, and a billiards table. Madam’s Organ is known for its controversial and iconic mural along with elite clientele including ambassadors and diplomats, Barbara and Jenna Bush, comedian Bill Maher, and Hollywood stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. Jack Rose Dining Saloon is the 18th Street go-to for single malts and other premium drinks. The impressive selection in this stylish establishment includes 2,600 bottles of bourbon, whiskey, and scotch, plus hand-crafted cocktails, 20 varieties of draft beer, wines, and a menu of scrumptious elevated American bar eats. Dram & Grain at the back of Jack Rose serves award-winning cocktails and impressive meals in a speakeasy-style environment. Roofers Union offers craft cocktails and unique twists on classic American foods across a three-story tavern with captivating rooftop views. 18th Street is alive with things to do from early in the morning until late at night. Start the day with specialty coffee at Tryst, enjoy a quick lunch at Amsterdam Falafelshop or Julia’s Empanadas, then in the evening take in live music at Songbyrd or entertain friends with your own karaoke performance at Muzette. Songbyrd doubles as a café and record store during the day time.

Other 18th Street retailers include long-serving bookstore Lost City Books, which rebranded from Idle Time Books after an extensive renovation in 2020. Meeps on 18th Street and Urban Dwell on Columbia Avenue are two of the best places in D.C. to discover vintage finds. Housed within a century-old church, The LINE DC has been described by Forbes as the hippest hotel in the capital. The LINE DC has a relaxed coffee shop, two bars, and three restaurants serving globally-influenced food from award-winning chefs Spike Gjerde and Erik Burner-Yang. Tail Up Goat is a Michelin-starred standout of the D.C. dining scene with innovative interpretations of Mediterranean cooking and Caribbean cocktails.

Things to Do

September’s Adams Morgan Day Festival is D.C.’s longest-running neighborhood celebration. Since the 1970s, this fun neighborhood gathering has filled 11th Street with live music and food and drinks vendors. 
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Marie H Reed Recreation Center has an indoor pool and gymnasium, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a children’s playground, and tennis courts. The rec center is part of the larger Marie Reed Learning Center and offers a range of programs and classes for both school-aged children and adults. 

Schools

Adams Morgan is served by the District of Columbia Public School District.

  • Ross Elementary School, Public, PK-5 
  • Emerson Preparatory School, Private, 9-12 
  • St. Augustine Catholic School, Private, Roman Catholic, 1-8

Work With Us

Each of us also represents our neighborhood well, taking on leadership and activism roles. We are here to provide you with the same unparalleled service that each of us expects in our own lives.