A D.C. bar: George in Georgetown

Washingtonians are lucky in that we have many options when it comes to deciding what to do on a night out. In spite of this, we tend to stick to what is most familiar. This means some people gravitating toward the sparkly lights and thumping beats of a nightclub, or crawling the bar scenes in Georgetown, U Street, H Street and more. If you’ve ever wondered how the other half lives, allow me to fill you in:

Clubs are a better sensory experience. Since the good clubs of D.C. have customers dropping $500 on $40 bottles of liquor, they have more leeway to spend money on things like sparkly lights, state-of-the-art sound equipment, sparklers, surprise elements like dancers, and more. The cocktail waitresses also tend to be babes due to high tips. This makes clubs an amusement park for the eyes, which the dark bars of D.C. typically don’t offer. In fact, many bars look exactly the same at midnight, and the same can’t be said for clubs.

Drinks are usually cheaper at bars. It’s pretty uncommon to find cocktails under $15 at clubs. Bars price their drinks more reasonably, and often have specials or beers on draft. Of course, there are some exceptions to this (expensive bars). This means it’s easier for people to rack up hundred dollar tabs at clubs, which should be avoided if you can’t afford it.

A club in D.C.: Opera Ultra Lounge

People who go to clubs are usually objectively more attractive. Since clubs are a sensory experience, they tend to attract people who are into their visuals. On ladies, the hemlines are higher and the makeup is heavier, partially because they are keeping up with the cocktail waitresses. Club guys typically hit the gym and are more into grooming themselves than bar-hoppers.

People who go to bars are usually better educated. You’re more likely to meet a smartie at a bar than a club because the bar culture runs the social scenes at colleges across the country. It’s familiar to the college-educated, so they head to bars to find like-minded people in atmospheres in which they’re used to socializing.

People who hate top 40 and electronic music will hate clubs. Likewise, bars tend to be “too cool” to play top 40 or EDM, instead opting for live acts, 80’s, country, classic rock, and silence.

In D.C., there are great clubs, and there are great bars. There are also terrible bars and terrible clubs. Some vary on the night of the week. Don’t let one good or bad night cause you to swear off clubs or bars forever.

Both clubs and bars attract douchebags. Let’s accept the fact that you’ll find douchey people at clubs and bars alike.

No matter where you decide to drink, the best bar or club will always be the one where you’ll find the most friends.

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