4 Great Reasons to Rent an Apartment in Adams Morgan

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Say watt: Catch the zoo’s scintillating ZooLights exhibition – with its illuminated sculptures, musical light displays and more than half a million LEDs – evenings through the first of the year. (Cliff1066™ via Flickr)

Adams Morgan in Northwest may be the artiest place in the city to rent an apartment.

Yes, it’s a place inhabited by young people looking for alcohol, music, dancing and who knows what else on a nightly basis, with some ancient people in their 30s, 40s, and even fossils in their 50s trolling its grounds on occasion (it’s inclusive like that). And it has some funky stores, restaurants and coffee haunts to peruse during the daytime as well, along with its own arts organization.

I can talk all day about the funky ambiance of the place, but I’ll quit this discursive lead-in and get on with it: four great reasons to rent in Adams Morgan.

1.     Location – I know, I’ve said this about the other two neighborhoods I’ve recently written about. But get used to it. It’s part of what makes D.C. unique: Many of the neighborhoods are located close to some type of action, and if not, plenty have a Metrorail stop to get you there, including this one: the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop on the Red Line. In Adams Morgan, you’re right above Dupont; a hop, skip and a jump to the northwest of the U Street Corridor; and right next to where the real animals lurk, which bring us to number two on the list…

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2.     The Smithsonian National Zoological Park – Technically located in neighbor Woodley Park, the zoo is just up the road on Connecticut Avenue from Adams Morgan. Billed as “the nation’s zoo,” the Smithsonian National Zoological Park houses scores of animals, and most of the good ones too: tigers, lions, Asian elephants, giant pandas, gorillas, orangutans, snakes – you name it, you got it. Really, no matter where you reside in the area, visiting this place is a must. Now, if we could only find a way to permanently house certain politicians here, we’d be set … I take that back, they aren’t nearly as fun to look at as a ring-tailed lemur.

3.     Nightlife – This place boasts some of the rowdiest nightlife you’ll find anywhere – or at least in the District. Mainstays like Madam’s Organ Blues Bar and Soul Food Restaurant – replete with that scandalous mural on its side, telling everyone you are indeed in Adams Morgan and not, say, Cleveland Park – and Pharmacy Bar, with its (what else) pharmacy motif, help keep things hopping. And Club Havana will feed you and teach you to salsa – for $10. There’s also Bedrock Billiards, where you can shoot pool in a stylishly murky bar that acts as a nice repose to what at times can be a tumultuous scene. On weekends, 18th Street becomes a hive of people looking for fun. Just watch yourself that you’re not having too much fun. And I can’t leave out Tryst, the trendy coffeehouse/bar hybrid that opened in 1998.

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4.     Food – Adams Morgan has a great variety of fare. You can dine on West African, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, American, Sushi, Cuban, Italian, even Himalayan cuisine. There’s even another Wok and Roll here. If you’re hungry, you’ve moved to the right place.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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