24 Places To Celebrate Your Next Big Birthday in D.C.

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24 Places To Celebrate Your Next Big Birthday in D.C.

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Go big, go party, or go low-key.

You’re hosting a birthday in Washington, DC, but you’re not sure where to go or what to do. Luckily there are plenty of restaurants for birthdays in Washington’s plethora of posh neighborhoods. Whatever you’re into, there are more options than you think. From small gatherings with just a few friends to themed events, we pulled together this list of the best restaurants and beyond to host your birthday. Here’s where to go big, go party, or go low-key for your birthday in DC:

The Best Restaurants for Birthdays

Go Big

Darlington House
With a private second floor space dubbed The Library, you’ll have plenty of space to host the birthday of your dreams. The rental fee starts at just $200 and you’ll be in control of every detail of your day.

1610 20th St. NW | Website


Penthouse Pool Club’s The Yards location. Photo via facebook.com/penthousepoolclubyards

Penthouse Pool Club
This sun-drenched rooftop sits atop the Vida Fitness on U Street but feels like a Miami getaway. Reserve a luxury cabana and bring your swimsuit for a poolside summer celebration. Don’t worry if the U Street location is booked, a second (and better) location for Penthouse Pool Club recently opened in DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood.

1612 U St. NW, Rooftop of VIDA Fitness | Website

Jack Rose Dining Saloon
We’ve been going to Jack Rose for a long time. So much so that you may have attended our annual Valentine’s Day party, Qlikd, at some point during your stint in Washington. We love this place. And for a birthday we especially love that you can reserve their small upstairs room complete with a fireplace, balcony, and your own bartender. Or enjoy craft cocktails from some of Washington’s best bartenders at Dram and Grain— a small, secret bar they’ve tucked away on the first floor of this two-level restaurant and bar.

With whiskey bottles lining the walls, you’ll want to try the JR Private Barrels for $23.

2007 18th St. NW | Website

Donovan House Hotel
Best known for its intimate rooftop bar called DNV Lounge, this is the perfect place to meet new people while enjoying a stunning view. Looking for something indoors? Enjoy an Asian-inspired, chef-curated dinner downstairs in their private dining room.

1155 14th St. NW | Website

Go Party

Rock & Roll Hotel
For a sloppy good time head to the Rock & Roll Hotel located on the H Street Corridor. For a reasonable bar minimum, you can reserve a room for your crew and dance the night away on either of their 3 floors.

Stop in for two dollar mystery shots on Fridays and Saturdays.

1353 H St. NE | Website

This opulent, yet deviously mischievous champagne lounge is a great space to raise hell on your birthday. Tucked in DuPont Circle, this dark basement bar serves up signature cocktails and on-trend tracks so you can party the night away.

1802 Jefferson Place NW  | Website

18th Street Lounge
Their Wednesday night Reggae is one of the most popular dance and live music attractions in the DC area. With plenty of open space to dance into the wee hours of the night, you’ll want to practice your best moves before stepping foot here.

1212 18th St. NW | Website

Chi Cha Lounge
Whether you want a martini, margarita, or hookah, you can pick your poison this U Street bar and lounge. The prices are reasonable and the DJs know how to set the mood.

1624 U St. NW | Website

Grab dinner at this U Street neighborhood bistro then head to the roof deck to dance the night away. DJ Jahsonic, who has mastered the bar’s signature Marvin Monday’s event, will have you moving and grooving all night long. Or join the restaurant for their popular Grilled Cheese Social event who’s tickets are known to sell out in mere days.

2007 14th St. NW | Website

Kabin Lounge
Expensive bottle service? Check. Models? Double Check. A DJ who makes it all worth it? Sold! Assemble your crew and head to Kabin Lounge in DC’s DuPont Circle neighborhood. The atmosphere is both intimate and exciting– a perfect mix for a perfect night.

1337 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC | Website

Cafe Citron
Reserve the loft upstairs and give into an unforgettable Latin Fusion experience. Go for the Latin food, dancing, and signature tequila.

1343 Connecticut Ave. NW | Website

Go Low-Key

Bar DuPont

From the center of the action to old-fashion people watching, Bar DuPont offers the best of both worlds. Reserve a space in their back nook for an optimal view of the floor to ceiling glass windows framing the hustle and bustle of DuPont Circle.

Try a signature cocktail like The Cayugan– a mix of Rittenhouse rye whiskey, apple cider liqueur, Domaine de Canton, lemon, ginger beer, and bitters.

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW  | Website

The Riggsby
Inside the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel The Riggsby is tried and true for good drinks, great food, and an even better atmosphere.

1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW | Website

Teddy & The Bully Bar
For a beautiful birthday location with great food and palpable energy, this spot has you covered. Inspired by Theodore Roosevelt, Teddy & The Bully Bar has an atmosphere that envelops visitors with natural elements, rich history, and ornate details.

Featuring classic and modern cocktails, The Bully Bar serves a variety of cocktails inspired by “the Golden Era” of cocktail history.  As an homage to Teddy Roosevelt, we recommend ordering the Roosevelt Island Punch, which serves 2-8 people.

1200 19th St. NW | Website

Full disclosure: I celebrated my 30th birthday here and it was perfect. I despise big birthday dinners and often opt for an event where friends and family can come and go as they please. This space is intimate and open at the same time. Simple food and a space that beckons people to gather. Whether you want to get together with a few friends or 20, the marble-topped bar overlooking 14th Street is the perfect place for craft cocktails, delicious bites, and great conversations.

1610 14th St. NW | Website

Easy to miss in the U Street neighborhood, but a gem once found. Stationed right below Ghibellina, this underground bar is darker than most and perfect for a gathering of old and new friends.

Enjoy for a limited time a V.E.P. cocktail, a traditional Green Chartreuse with an extra long aging in oak casks.

Lower Level of 1610 14th St. NW | Website

Le Diplomate
Celebrations start early at Le Diplomate, so grab your favorite people for a birthday brunch or just cocktails. The drinks are perfect.

1601 14th St. NW | Website

With over 5 casks, 50 drafts, and 500 bottles of beer, Churchkey is the place to experience the full spectrum of beer tasting.

If you’re always searching for a new microbrew, I repeat, you can choose from 500 different bottles of beer.

1337 14th St. NW | Website

The Smith
Enjoy private dining with friends in a space inspired by Union Station’s ceiling design, including a hexagonal coffered ceiling and private bar. This casual, yet stylish restaurant is a tasteful way to celebrate your birthday in a pleasant atmosphere.

901 F St. NW | Website

Penny Whiskey Bar
This place will literally hold your beer. Ok, not beer per say. They have a liquor shelf that is kept under lock and key. Bring in your bottle of specialty whiskey and after paying a one-time fee, you can enjoy it whenever you want.

Or opt for a whiskey recommendation from their extensive collection.

618 H St. NW | Website

This restaurant features Isaac, an Italian Beer, which has a unique combination of fruity apricot, pear, fig, and a hint of spice. If you’re looking for world-class service, hand-made pasta, and crafted cocktails for your birthday this year, look no further.

650 K St. NW | Website

Yes, we do mean the upscale clothing store. Seriously. If you’re a client, Burberry will host your birthday complete with a bottle of champagne and gourmet cake. We’ve done the whole party in a retail space thing so trust us on this one. Of course, these locations do not market this offering and host them at their discretion. But it doesn’t hurt to ask, especially if you’re a loyal client. 

970 I St. NW #305 | Website


The rooftop at Rosewood Hotel in Washington, DC. Photo via facebook.com/rwwashingtondc/


The Living Room inside of Rosewood Hotel in DC. Photo via facebook.com/rwwashingtondc

Rosewood Hotel
If you’re looking to host a small group of close friends and colleagues, head to this posh, tucked away hotel known for hosting celebrities during their stays in DC. Located in the heart of Georgetown, the Rosewood Hotel features the historic C&O Canal as the perfect background to snap a picture while the rooftop bar provides the ideal spot to view the city. Enjoy a fine dining experience coupled with professionally crafted cocktails. We recently taste tested Rosewoods signature cocktails. Read our review and learn about their secret menu here. Call ahead if you wish to use the rooftop. A private dining area is available if you wish to reserve a more secluded space. 

1050 31st St. NW | Website

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
If you’re looking for a quiet, low-key gathering of friends, bring them to the bar at the Ritz in Georgetown. It’s the perfect spot for local beers and eclectic cocktails.

3100 South St. NW | Website

about the author

Ayana F. Christie
Ayana F. Christie
Ayana Christie works as a consultant and project manager for a major international corporation. Most importantly, she is a self-proclaimed foodie.