DC Cool

Here's what you need to experience the local side of the District, from hot restaurants to the best vintage shops and Instagram spots.

13 Distinctly DC Music Venues You Have to Experience

When it comes to DC’s music legends, the landscape is as diverse as the city itself: Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, Marvin Gaye, Ian MacKaye, Dave Grohl and Wale all share space atop the District’s musical Rushmore. Each artist has influenced the local landscape for years, but what’s the scene like...

Echostage - Live Music Venues in Washington, DC
Stars of the Show: Award-Winning Restaurants in Washington, DC

As you may have heard, DC’s dining scene has arrived. in addition to the city's Michelin Guide , there are numerous award-winning restaurants that require your attention. Accolades include Bib Gourmand or star-status in the aforementioned guide, James Beard Awards , RAMMY Awards (honors handed out...

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace on 14th Street NW - Award-Winning Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Washington, DC
10 Things to See & Do in Shaw

African-American history runs deep in Shaw , a rowhouse-, restaurant- and retail-filled neighborhood northeast of the White House. Duke Ellington was born here, and he and other stars of “Black Broadway” played at nearby theaters that are still standing. These days, the zone is just as well known...

Crowd Outside Historic Howard Theatre in Shaw - Events in Washington, DC
5 Pokémon Go Tips to Become the Very Best in Washington, DC

Since launching, the mobile game Pokémon Go has become a viral sensation, and that couldn’t be more true anywhere than in the nation’s capital. As one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., Washington, DC is primed for the free-to-download, augmented reality game in which users stroll the streets...

Pokémon Go - Washington, DC
Exploring Shaw’s Alleys & Offshoots

In the 19th century, hundreds of intersecting alleys existed behind DC’s blocks of rowhouses. The brick-paved zones were home to stables, workshops and working-class dwellings. Today, many of these alleys are gone, but a few remain – and they’ve become some of the hottest areas for bars,...

Colorful street art mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Historic alleyway in Washington, DC
DC Hotel Bars with Character & Cocktails

In its more than 200-year-history, DC has been home to hotels from humble 18th-century rooming houses to grand 19th-century overnighters. Raising a cold glass of something at a historic hotel bar is a time-honored tradition, and it’ll land you both in good company and in atmospheric surrounds.

Off The Record at The Hay-Adams - Historic Bar in Washington, DC
#MyDCcool Fan Photos of the Month

We’ve asked our Instagram , Twitter and Facebook fans to tag their DC pics #MyDCcool , and the results have been incredible! Don’t miss these breathtaking photos from the month of September, including those last summer sunsets, scrumptious snapshots from Michelin-starred restaurants and glorious...

@gls_photos - Space shuttle Discovery at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center - Free museum near Washington, DC
Cedric Maupillier Dishes on His French-American Mash Up in Shaw

A charming accent reveals Cedric Maupillier’s roots in the South of France. But the ambitious chef (also the force behind Adams Morgan ’s Mintwood Place ) recently became an American citizen, and the menu at his Shaw bistro borrows liberally from the cuisine of both countries. What’s the secret to...

Chicken Coq au Vin at Convivial - Dining in Shaw - Washington, DC
12 Must-Visit Nightlife Hot Spots on U Street

With an unparalleled music and nightlife scene, U Street draws locals and visitors looking to stay up late and have a good time. From underground dance clubs (there's more than one in this 'hood) to industrial-chic spaces where you can sip artfully crafted cocktails and everything in between, this...

930 Club - Washington, DC
9 Vintage Shops & Thrift Stores for New-to-You Finds in Washington, DC

From luxe labels to locally owned boutiques, there’s no shortage of places for DC’s fashionable crowd to make a statement – and their last-season finds are your newest treasures. Get thrifty at these vintage boutiques for second-time-around gems.

Vintage Fashion at Meeps in Washington, DC