Located north of Florida Avenue, between Connecticut Avenue and 16th Street, Adams-Morgan offers a veritable United Nations of cuisines, shops, bars and clubs. The housing is primarily apartment buildings and townhouses. Adams-Morgan is a 15-minute walk to the Zoo or Dupont Metro stations.
The colorful and eclectic Adams Morgan neighborhood exists along a mile-long stretch of 18th Street. Thanks to a flood of new restaurants, lounges and live music venues, the ultra-laid-back locale has continued its 20-plus-year reign as a nightlife epicenter. But visitors of all ages are just as likely to while away an afternoon at an independent shop, coffee house or nearby park.
The majority of Adams Morgan’s shops, bars and restaurants run along 18th Street NW, between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road, and Columbia Road between 16th Street and Wyoming Avenue NW. Part of Adams Morgan’s allure is its central location – the neighborhood borders Dupont Circle, Kalorama, Woodley Park, U Street, Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant.
The neighborhood takes its named from DC’s first segregated schools, the all-black Thomas P. Morgan Elementary School and the all-white John Quincy Adams Elementary School.
Live music venues abound, from Madam’s Organ which has performances every day to jazz at Columbia Station and DJs at Napoleon Bistro and Lounge. Boutique bed & breakfast experiences make you feel like a local. Locals can be found at two signature events, Adams Morgan Day (September) and the Bastille Day Street Party (July).
Adams Morgan is a culturally diverse community in the heart of Washington DC comprised of 19th- and early 20th-century row houses and apartment buildings and a wide range of restaurants, nightclubs, coffee houses, bars, bookstores, art galleries and unique specialty shops. Neighborhood restaurants feature cuisine from just about everywhere from Ethiopia and Vietnam to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Adams Morgan is the center of DC’s liveliest nightlife and is popular with young professionals. In 2014, the neighborhood was named one of the “10 Great Neighborhoods in America” by the American Planning Association. The area’s ethnic diversity and colorful architecture make it a fun place to explore.
From May through December, the Adams Morgan Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings at 18th St. & Columbia Rd. NW Washington, DC. Each September, the community holds a street festival, called Adams Morgan Day and celebrates with live music, international foods, and lots of family friendly activities.
The Adams Morgan area was originally known as Lanier Heights and was a fashionable, middle-class neighborhood. The name of the community was changed to Adams Morgan following a period of decline in the 1950s-60s and was derived by combining of the names of two formerly segregated elementary schools, the predominately white-attended John Quincy Adams Elementary School and the black-attended Thomas P. Morgan Elementary School. Since the 1970s, Adams Morgan has continued to grow and prosper into a vibrant neighborhood and a desirable place to live.