This week DC Hood Hopper is featuring the NW neighborhood of Adams Morgan, a great destination for D.C. nightlife, ethnic food, and gorgeous architecture.
The neighborhood is named for two formerly segregated schools, the all-black Thomas P. Morgan Elementary and the all-white John Quincy Adams Elementary. Today, Adams Morgan is one of the more ethnically-diverse D.C. ‘hoods, home to a high concentration of Latin American, African, and Caribbean immigrants.
The lively neighborhood sits just north of Dupont Circle and features a large selection of bars and restaurants along the 18th Street strip. Destinations like TrystDC, Madam’s Organ, and Bossa Bistro regularly feature live music, while hookah lounges like Soussi and Sawah offer flavored waterpipes alongside your meal or drink.
The neighborhood also hosts one of the largest annual festivals in D.C., Adams Morgan Day. The celebration, now in its 34th year, takes place every year in September, with local artists, vendors, and performers coming together to offer food, arts, music, and entertainment to visitors across the length’s of 18th Street.
If you’ve visited the neighborhood recently, you may have noticed large segments of 18th Street have become construction zones. The goal of the DDOT’s ongoing Adams Morgan Streetscape Project is to “provide transportation, pedestrian, and bicycle safety improvements” in addition to “streetscape enhancements to the 18th Street corridor.” The project is currently in its final phase, with construction expected to be complete by early summer. In the meantime, go visit Adams Morgan and pardon their dust!
The famous Madam's Organ mural sits between TrystDC and Bossa on Adam's Morgan's 18 St NW.