Want to mingle with embassy types or pols? We've typecast the city's night creatures.

By Amy McKeever
Updated: January 21, 2017
Jason Varney

The Jet Set

Society ladies and the men who love them favor Georgetown's ENO Wine BarFig & Olive, in CityCenterDC; the jacket-required nightclub Huxley; and POV, atop the W Hotel.

The Power Players

Lobbyists, lawyers, and the elected elite stick to the classics, like the crimson-walled Off the Record bar, downtown; the wood-paneled Round Robin Bar, near the White House; and the seafood standby Johnny's Half Shell, close to Capitol Hill.

The Diplomats

Expats watch soccer at Lucky Bar, in Dupont Circle. Nearby restaurants Mari Vanna (entrées $18–$28) and Barcelona, in Logan Circle (small plates $7–$14), are awash in vodka, Spanish wine, and multi-lingual chatter.