Spring forward and party until 4 a.m. (as long as Metro isn’t your ride home)

March 8, 2013

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. We gain an extra hour of sunlight, but we lose an extra hour of sleep. In past years, we also lost an hour of nightlife: As soon as 2 a.m. became 3 a.m., it was legally time for bars to close.

This year, though, the District's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Association will allow bars and restaurants to apply to stay open until 4 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to account for the hour lost when we spring forward.


Tropicalia. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

More than 60 restaurants and bars received permission, and we've posted the info below, sorted by neighborhood. This is really a night for destination nightspots, not neighborhood hangouts: Note the paucity of extended hours in Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights and H Street, and the surfeit of lounges and bars downtown, on U Street and around Dupont Circle. (Also: Bistrot du Coin at 4 a.m.? Really?)

One important reminder: Just because some bars are staying open an extra hour doesn't mean that Metro will. As the transit system says on its Web site: "Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. At that time, all clocks are moved ahead one hour. When that happens, it will become 3 a.m. EDT and the Metrorail system will close." Check individual stations for last-train times, but expect them to be between 1 and 2 a.m. You don't want to get stuck fighting for a cab at 4:15 a.m.

Adams Morgan
Bourbon
Jack Rose

Capitol Hill
Bachelor’s Mill
Phase 1

Downtown/Farragut Square
Archibald’s
Barcode
BlackFinn
Bravo Bravo
Cafe Asia
Capitale
Cities
Eyebar
Josephine
Lima
Look
Lotus Lounge
Opera
The Park at 14th
Science Club
Shadow Room
Tattoo Bar

Dupont Circle
18th Street Lounge
Bar Dupont
Bistrot du Coin
Cafe Citron
Cobalt
Current
Dirty Martini
The Front Page
Heist
Irish Whiskey
Lucky Bar
Madhatter
The Mighty Pint
Phase 1
The Spot/MIA Bar

Georgetown
Kafe Leopold

Glover Park
Bourbon
Breadsoda
Mason Inn

H Street
Jimmy Valentine’s
Little Miss Whiskey’s

Mount Pleasant
Haydee’s

Penn Quarter
Ultrabar

Shaw
Ambassador Restaurant
Bar 7
Lux Lounge

U Street/14th Street
9:30 Club
Bar Pilar
Cafe Saint-Ex
Dodge City
El Centro D.F.
Jin
Liv
Lost Society
Pure
Satellite Room
Tropicalia
Town
U Street Music Hall
Velvet Lounge

16th Street Heights
Sabor Latino

Park View
The House

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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