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19 Spooktacular Cocktail Spots to Celebrate Halloween

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19 Spooktacular Cocktail Spots to Celebrate Halloween

Home / CITY GUIDE / LOCAL HOT SPOT / 19 Spooktacular Cocktail Spots to Celebrate Halloween

This year, DC’s bars, taverns, and night clubs are hosting events featuring some of the most hauntingly delicious cocktails and immersive experiences you’ll try all year.

The Drink Company‘s latest pop-up bar, Gwar Pub, is open all month long and has the perfect cocktail if you still want to say yay to the rose. Dressed up with ghoulish perfection, the If You Want Blood (You Got It) rose cocktail is the eeriest way to creep a summer favorite into your fall routine.

Halloween parties are also a great way to win prizes you can use all year long.  Some of the biggest winners from these events will take away one of The Manor‘s three cash prizes and Blackfinn Ameripub‘s grand prize trip to the Caribbean.

Here’s a list of 19 great places to sip some delicious cocktail treats this October in DC.

Gwar Pub
Enter the Drink Company’s latest pop-up bar creation featuring the ghoulish cocktails of your dreams, or perhaps nightmares. Grab a rose inspired drink, descriptively titled If You Want Blood (You Got It).
September 6-October 31 1843 7th St. NW

Death Becomes Us Pub
The Drink Company keeps the Halloween Spirit alive with a second pop-up creation, Death Becomes Us Pub, which is designed as a true crime investigative experience.
October 11-November 4 | 1843 7th St. NW

Drink Company Death Becomes Us Pub

Boos & Brews Halloween Bar Crawl
With so many places to celebrate Halloween, it can be hard to choose.  This bar crawl proves you don’t need to choose one location when a staff member from Elite Bar Crawls is guiding you through this wild adventure.  Tickets include LED Bracelets to let you know when it’s time to move. DJs, Photographers, and Color Changing Cups are only a the few perks you gain by joining this crawl.
Saturday, October 20, 1-9 PM | Meeting spot in Dupont Circle

Halloween Costume and Dance Bash at The Manor
This is a party worth dressing up for as there are 3 cash prizes for the best costume.  Whether you wear something creepy or stylish, this dance party is a great place to kick off your Halloween celebrations.
Saturday, October 20, 6-10 PM | 1327 Connecticut Ave. NW

Halloween Hunt at The Mansion on O
Test your detecting skills at this Halloween Hunt. Venture through secret doors and explore the themed rooms throughout the mansion. Enjoy a cash bar and prizes for the winners.
Wednesday, October 24, book a time from 11 AM-3 PM | 2020 O St. NW

Newseum Frights
Prepare for a night of wicked treats crafted specially by Wolfgang Puck.  This “monster”-ous event includes an open bar and hauntingly delicious cocktails to die for.
Friday, October 26, 8:30-11 PM | 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Night of the Living Zoo
Bring out your wild side and unleash the party animal inside at this after-dark event at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Enjoy craft brews and local food trucks as you pursue the zoo’s attractions.
Friday, October 26, 7 PM-10:20 PM | 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW

20th Annual Nightmare on M Street Bar Crawl
Roam the streets near Dupont Circle as the neighborhood’s best bars, taverns, and pubs will be hosting spooktacular events. Bar crawlers can enter to win costume contests and enjoy great drinks at the neighborhood’s best bars including Barcode, Dirty Bar, The Gryphon, and more. P.S. Vinny from MTV’s The Jersey Shore is the featured celeb for this event just in case “fist pumping” is your thing.
Saturday, October 27, Doors Open at 1-8 PM | 1620 I St. NW

Tower of Terror Halloween Party at La Vie
Upgrade your Halloween for a night you won’t forget at the Wharf Club Penthouse. This ticket includes access to the thrills on both floors of the Tower of Terror and an option to sip a complementary chilling Organika Vodka Drink.
Saturday, October 27, 8 PM-3 AM | La Vie 88 District Sq. SW#5th Floor

‘80s Halloween Dance Party at The Black Cat
Hosted by FYM Productions, the entire Black Cat club will be supporting the best of the ’80s by combining it will timeless Halloween-themed Mayhem.
Saturday, October 27, 9 PM | 1811 14th St. NW

Halloween in the Garden of Eden
The L2 Lounge has been transformed in a mythological fantasy featuring sirens, special art effects, and live music.
Saturday, October 27, 9 PM-4 AM | 3315 Cady’s Alley NW

Giant Halloween Graveyard Jam
Pack your passport! This Graveyard Jam transports its guest to the city of Transylvania at this crazy, spooky, and unique event. With over 1000 people attending each year, this is one of the largest Halloween events with some of the best contest prizes, including a trip to the Caribbean.
Saturday, October 27, 9:30-3 AM | 1620 I St. NW

DC Halloween Titanic Masquerade hosted by Pier Pressure
Set sail on this Titanic-themed yacht cruise that recreates the environment of the historic ship with the addition of modern day party essentials.
Saturday, October 27, 11 PM-2 AM | 600 Water St. SE


Costumes & Cocktails in the Haunted Garden

Enjoy specialty themed cocktails and live music at this costume contest event hosted by the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
Wednesday, October 31, 5-10 PM | 2500 Calvert St. NW

Halloween Party at Ozio Rooftop Lounge
Dress up and show up at this rooftop Halloween night event.  Enjoy the evening with specials including spooky & haunted shots.
Wednesday, October 31, 6-10 PM | 1813 M St. NW

Wizard Fest: Halloween Party
You can’t celebrate Halloween without mentioning the world’s most famous wizard.  Muggles can party like a wizard with butterbeer and more at this magical event.
Wednesday, October 31, Doors Open at 7 PM & Show Starts at 8 PM | 740 Water St. NW

Halloween Dance Soiree at the French Embassy
Enjoy Parisian desserts and learn how to Tango at this Embassy event.  French wine and a cash bar help to keep this party going into the night.
Wednesday, October 31, 7-10:30 PM | 4101 Reservoir Road NW

APOCALYPSE: A Halloween Costume Party
Reserve a VIP table for an extra special night out this Halloween. Wear a costume and enjoy live music from a variety of DJs.
Wednesday, October 31, 9 PM-2 AM | 1215 Connecticut Ave. NW

D’usse Purge Halloween Party at Lost Society
Enjoy $4 Coronas, $5 D’usse, and $7 Patron at this Halloween Party at Lost Society.
Wednesday, October 31, 10 PM-2 AM | 2001 14th St. NW

Haunted Halloween on 17th Street
DC Finest Group presents a Halloween experience unlike any other in town.  Live music and big surprises await people who dare to join this haunted event.
Wednesday, October 31, 10 PM-2:30 AM | 1101 17th St. NW

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Dana Disante
Dana Disante
Dana Disante is the Events & Features editor for CAPITOL STANDARD magazine and covers Arts & Entertainment for Northern Virginia Magazine.