Hidden Gems
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Shaw Howard/ U Street, NW

  • Ivy & Coney - Great, little bar with simple drinks and food, sports, music and good conversation. We try to leave pretension at the door and have a shot and a beer in its place.
  • Calabash Tea and & Tonic - Washington City Paper's Best of DC, Best Tea Shop
  • Big Bear Cafe - New American restaurant with a casual interior & patio serving breakfast, lunch & candlelit dinners.
  • Thai X-ing - $45 byob tasting menu
  • Boundary Stone - Neighborhood pub serving bar food & whiskey in a vintage setting with exposed brick & tin ceilings.
  • Doi Moi - Hip, sleek kitchen furnishing house cocktails & Southeast Asian street fare, including a vegan menu.
  • The Royal for late-night happy hour (alcoholic snowcones done right!)
  • Truxton Inn - great cocktails & cool vibe
  • Showtime Lounge - Small, low-key bar with murals of local musicians & record logos plus a free jukebox. Great on Sundays 

Columbia Heights, NW

  • Sankofa - Video, Books, Cafe
  • Nu Vegan Cafe - Relaxed spot with a menu of meat-free salads, sandwiches & entrees, plus fresh juices & smoothies.
  • Colony Club - Chill cafe/bar with ping pong table upstairs
  • Wonderland Ballroom - Variety of beers & DJs spinning keep things lively in the rustic 2-level bar with an outdoor patio.

H-Street, NE

  • Rock & Roll Hotel - Ex-funeral parlor turned lounge with vintage decor, bands & DJs, dance floor & rooftop bar.
  • H St. Farms - A roof top farm and garden center, an oasis of lush greenery above Jenks hardware store in NE.
  • Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club - Narrow, red-hued hangout with kitschy accents featuring numerous bottled, craft beers & weekend DJs.

DownTown

  • White House Farmers Market Lunchtime market featuring an irresistible array of freshly prepared meals and snacks made from local ingredients
  • Post Pub - Longtime neighborhood hangout with cocktails, beer & wine, plus wood paneling, booths & a jukebox.

Fort Lincoln, NE

  • Harper Macaw Chocolate Factory & store to shop all of their available products and to get an in-depth look at their fine chocolate manufacturing process. Also serving drinking chocolate and baked goods on Saturdays, 12-6 PM. 

Van Ness, NW

Dupont- Circle, NW

  • 18th Street Lounge - Converted townhouse serves up cocktails amid antique sofas & candlelight or on the outdoor patio. Hint: Wednesday nights are what they are known for! 
  • Board Room - Bar & board games
  • The Mansion on O Street - Uniquely themed accommodations in a mansion that also features event space & an eclectic museum.
  • Players Club - Bar & arcade games
  • Surfside - Tacos, margaritas & more are served cafeteria-style at this casual "shack" open round the clock.
  • Emissary - Cozy coffeehouse with exposed brick, serving java, vegetarian eats, charcuterie & cocktails.
  • Pansaari - A huge Indian restaurant/bar and community hub in the BASEMENT OF RITE AID on 17th st.

Georgtown, NW

The Wharf/Waterfront, SW

Brentwood/ Rhode Island Ave, NE

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