U Street

1205 Fairmont St NW
Washington, DC, DC 20009

U Street: The Neighborhood That's "Just Cool"

U Street is the heart of DC. It’s vibrant, it’s unique, and it’s filled with every kind of attraction, amenity, or restaurant imaginable. Shops, boutiques, stores, restaurants, cafes, bars, taverns, nightclubs, music venues, art galleries, and theatres populate the streets, offering everything from hole-in-the-wall to swanky, historic to hipster, relaxed to hoppin’. It’s the center of DC’s music scene, a part of the city that truly never sleeps, a neighborhood renowned for its unparalleled nightlife scene. But it’s more than that. It’s a community of diversity, of soul. Of public art, of laid-back speakeasies and historic eateries, of vintage shops and unique boutiques. Of beautiful historic rowhouses and posh new condo buildings. Of jazz clubs, gospel bunches, and dive bars. Come explore and discover U Street.

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Spotlights of U Street

music scene

The Music Scene

Once home to jazz legends such as Duke Ellington and Marvin Gaye, as well as other pioneers of African-American music and culture, U Street today still pulses with a beat that never stops.

local street art

Public Art

Experience the diverse spirit and expressive creativity of U Street with the lively and vibrant street art that graces nearly every corner, from commissioned murals to local artists’ unique graffiti.

scenic park

Meridian Hill

The largest park in the area, Meridian Hill is also home to the longest cascading fountain in North America! Enjoy the Sunday drum circle, picnics on the lawn, or landscaping inspired by an Italian garden.

What You'll Love in U Street

With so many great DC neighborhoods from which to choose, it's hard to know which one will be best for you! So here's what local residents (and visitors) truly love about U Street.

lots of nightlife

The Nightlife is Pretty Legendary

U Street never sleeps, the fun never ends, the lights never dim. From laid-back options like Solly’s, the bar where everybody knows your name, to themed dance parties at Tropicalia, and everything in between, U Street has it all. Enjoy trivia or dancing on the patio at Nellie’s Sports Bar. Laugh out loud at a comedy show at DC9. Relax at Chi-Cha Hookah Lounge. Witness big-name acts across every genre in the classy Howard Theatre. Experience everything from underground to big-name at U Street Music Hall. And don’t miss out on attending a sold-out performance at the (in)famous 9:30 Club.

charming shops

Shopping & Dining Are Truly Eclectic

From the beautiful art galleries of 14th Street to the legendary (and historic) Ben’s Chili Bowl, which has served famous faces (including presidents!) since 1958, U Street offers just about everything. Explore vintage shops and funky boutiques. Shop fashion stores or record shops. Sample global street food at Compass Rose, or experience the restaurant/distillery mash-up of District Distilling Co. Get down with some fried chicken and waffles at Marvin, savor the red velvet cupcakes of Bar Pilar, or enjoy a relaxed speakeasy experience at The Gibson. Educate your taste buds on the unique flavors found throughout Little Ethiopia. Try something new every day!

lots of event

There Are Plenty of Fun Events, Too!

Aside from all the live performances and near-constant music to be found throughout the neighborhood, U Street is also home to several community-wide events, like the 14th&U Farmers Market on Sundays spring through fall, where you can shop local for produce and goods. And there’s the Annual Funk Parade, a legendary street celebration of funk music and culture that includes a fair, parade, and music festival, all rolled into one.

U Street Attractions

U Street at a Glance

Getting Around

Metro Station: U Street-Cardozo
Other: Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Circulator, Capital Bikeshare, Zipcars
Distance from Downtown: 1.2 miles


Population: 9,799
Zip Code: 20009
Median Home Price: $592,983

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